I saw this "controversial" new film the weekend it came out with my partner. I mentioned in a recent geek out post, but I wanted to get around to giving some more detailed thoughts on the movie. Also, I say it was "controversial" to say that I don't believe it was, but I know other, less open-minded people did.
I enjoyed this movie. It's not the greatest film ever made, but it doesn't have to be. It's a perfectly fun summer movie that honors its past, and paves a positive way forward for the future. It allows for more diverse representation in our heroes and media in general, and I think it provides positive role models for young women.
We've had a lot of nostalgia marketing lately, with reboots, remakes, and repackaging of all the things we loved from the 1980s and 90s. Some of these efforts are done well and others are not. It's really 50/50 for me usually whether or not it feels like pandering. Stuff like the Jump Street movies are fun, things like the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies are not. Stuff like Jurassic World is decently fun, things like another Indiana Jones moving being in the works or something like Independence Day: Resurgence feels unnecessary. Just because Star Wars did it pretty well with The Force Awakens doesn't mean we need some other franchise movie that picks up 30 years too late.
If we're going to have more reboots, I'd want them to be done well and in a fresh way like Ghostbusters. Star Wars and Star Trek and many other reboots have struggled with simply rehashing old story lines with a shiny new veneer. Ghostbusters embarks on a new path and has clever humor and good action. It's just a good movie on its own outside of any of the female empowerment aspects of it, that is just a nice bonus.
I hope you enjoyed Ghostbusters if you saw it. I hope others go out and see it to enjoy it and to support making more movies like this.