If you haven’t seen the new Ghostbusters trailer, I urge you to do it now. Not only is it a fantastic display of a new twist on an old idea but it also stands as something entirely new for the realm of women in movies. This is a sci-fi action movie where every main character is a woman. Let me just repeat that because I don’t really think it’s sunk in. This is a sci-fi action movie where every main character is a woman. This isn’t some new property, this is Ghostbusters. If you feel that this is patronising, I can only direct you to the YouTube comment section on the trailer for you to really realise how much of a huge step forward this is for Hollywood.
I am absolutely disgusted by the display of sexist comments on display within these comment sections. It’s repulsive; therefore, I have decided to break it down into something that is not only hilarious but incredibly ironic.
First of all, what is the first thing that people say when a new reboot of a beloved franchise comes along? It will never be the same as the original. This is my biggest gripe as most reboot movies have this exact problem. They are too much like their source material. Look at Star Wars The Force Awakens for example; that movie was so much like the first Star Wars that it made me face palm at least twice in the cinema, yet everyone loved it. Everyone can complain about the fact that a movie might be too similar to its source but truth be told, everyone secretly wants that. I have no problem with a movie studio taking a fantastic idea and telling a new, reimagined take on it, but oh lord do not make the exact same movie.
There is a current trend of soft reboots (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World) where they take the basic premise and follow the original story with enough difference that it makes it watchable. Yet, you still leave the cinema with that haunting feeling like you’ve seen the movie before. This is something the new Ghostbusters is trying to avoid. It has openly come out and stated, from the very start, that it was an all-female cast. This is the sort of new and interesting perspectives that I want in reboots of movies. It pushes and challenges the audience into accepting something that they are unfamiliar with and in today’s social climate I feel it’s something that moviegoers really need. This isn’t just a situation where female, gay and people of colour are just shoehorned in to appeal to the minorities. This is the women running the show. Taking it for themselves and showing the world what they can do with it. It’s fresh. It’s new. It’s something that I really want to see work on the big screen.
Secondly, I want to talk about one moment in the trailer. Kate McKinnon licks a gun. Have you ever seen a man do that? No. This is something that is very small yet leads to something much bigger for female action stars. They aren’t just imitating their male counterparts; they are making trends and ideas for female action stars of their own. I personally can’t think of any man getting away with this and to be honest, I’m blown away. This movie has so much potential to raise the social conciseness for what women are capable of that I feel everyone should go see this. Even if it’s bad, we as a society are directly saying to the studios that we want more women to take central and vitally fundamental roles in all movies that are perceived as ‘guy movies.’ In a world that is dominated by The Fast And The Furious, Transformers and Marvel movies, I feel this is the perfect time for us to hit back and show what we want. With upcoming movies such as Wonder Woman and Ms Marvel it seems like we are heading in the right direction, but without the support of moviegoers, these roles might fall back into what they have always been.
I’m not saying this move will work, but it has such a strong cast that I can’t see it being awful. Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon are both champions of facial humour and Leslie Jones and Melissa McCarthy are both brilliant at physical comedy. These are two traits that have been missing from comedies in the last decade. Just look at Anchorman. This movie relies so much on the audible gags and hardly relies on visual ones. What are the funniest moments in Anchorman? The ones that still remain funny now? The scene where Will Ferrell kicks Jack Black’s dog off the bridge, the telephone box and the epic fight. Why is this? They all rely so heavily on visual comedy.
With a cast of such wonderfully hilarious and talented women, this movie is probably going to be a hit. As soon as I heard the cast I was incredibly excited and from seeing the trailer, my excitement has only grown. This is the first movie of its kind. It’s a movie where the main characters are female and for once, men are taking notice. If anything is to be made of the comment sections of the trailer, it damn well needs to be successful. Otherwise, we are going to revert back to how things always have been. So if you take anything away from this, it should be to make this the top of your summer movie-going list just to ensure that we have to opportunity to have movies like this in the future.