Calling all people in the nerd world that wanted 2016’s Ghostbusters, starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones to fall flat on its face because of its all-female cast! The news today? It’s actually pretty good.
Rotten Tomatoes is by no means the end-all-be-all truth of whether a film is great; the aggregate doesn’t take into account how positive and how negative reviews are, aside from a simple “fresh” thumbs up or “rotten” thumbs down, but it can certainly help sort popcorn fun from absolute duds. Based on 168 critical reviews, Ghostbusters currently sits at a 74% Fresh rating.
So it’s good. Wondering why? Well, the site’s “Critic Consensus” states, “Ghostbusters does an impressive job of standing on its own as a freewheeling, marvelously cast supernatural comedy — even if it can’t help but pale somewhat in comparison with the classic original.”
A nugget of gold here is the phrase, “marvelously cast,” as the casting of female comedians in lieu of the original 1984 film’s male cast has been a point of huge debate.
Some of these arguments have merit, like those believing that a remake of such a classic film is wholly unnecessary. Other arguments, however, having been propagated by a generally sexist male, teenage internet users, are complete without merit; instead of relating to the film’s actual quality, these people so adamantly despise the idea of a female-led Ghostbusters that they made the trailer for the 2016 film the most-disliked trailer in YouTube history…
With all that negative energy in mind, it should come as a breath-of-fresh-air to many that the film is utterly enjoyable. And that’s coming from internet movie critics; imagine how much fans will enjoy it!
One can only hope that Ghostbusters does well at the box-office, as it would prompt studios to greenlight more films with female main casts. Who doesn’t want more diversity in our Hollywood blockbuster fare? I for one definitely do.
For tons more Ghostbusters news, from a breakdown of Chris Hemsworth’s role as the team’s receptionist to Patton Oswalt giving it his geeky stamp of approval, keep it locked right here at The Nerd Stash.