At least it looks amazing to me. Check it out!
Now here’s why: When I was ten years old, my friends (all boys) and I played Ghostbusters. Every day, every recess. If I look hard enough, I think I still have one of the badges we made to show we were Ghostbusters. You know, so we were official.
My friends were great. They didn’t care that I was a girl. I could imagine phenomenal worlds just like they could. We would run around the playground, capturing “ghosts” and putting them in our ghost containment unit. It was a jungle gym barn, but it served the purpose. We sang the theme song. We were the kids everyone wanted to hang with on the playground, because we brought that shit to life!
I was the only girl in the group, but I wasn’t relegated to the role of Janine. There was no Janine. Everyone was a Ghostbuster.
As an adult now, looking back at the Ghostbusters, I see just how unique my childhood experience was. The original Ghostbusters films had two women: a secretary and a victim. If I had different friends, or if I was a different girl, I might have been relegated to secretary or victim. Or worse, I might not have played at all.
In this franchise reboot, women are scientists, engineers, no-nonsense experts that know all the secret passages and hidey-holes a large city like New York is hiding. The reboot shows women in fields that not many movies do: STEM.
On a sidebar, if you haven’t watched the movie DOOM, go check it out. It’s a great example of a female scientist that is brilliant and legitimately in danger from horrendous monsters. She’s not a damsel in distress. It’s her clear-headed assessment of her brother that allows him to defeat the bad guy. Plus, it’s got a super badass first-person shooter sequence that takes you back if you ever played the game as a kid on your parents’ old PC.
This new Ghostbusters movie isn’t meant for my husband. He had his Ghostbusters. Now, my son, my nieces, my nephews; they get a new Ghostbusters to continue the series that says women can do science too. Not only can women do science, women can kick ASS at science. Men don’t have to be ashamed to answer the phone and keep an office running like a well-oiled machine.
And Cadillacs will ALWAYS be cool.
I know some people are upset that Leslie Jones isn’t a scientist. I respect that. As a woman who is nearly six feet tall, and was 220 at my thinnest, I LOVE Leslie Jones. She is gorgeous, strong, funny, and unapologetically a big woman. In the trailer, she isn’t dressed like the “fat girl.” She’s in dresses and skirts. She looks comfortable showing some leg! She quotes The Exorcist and performs an exorcism with the palm of her hand. Patty is going to rule.
If Bridesmaids, Spy, and everything Kate McKinnon touches tell us anything, it’s that this is not a movie to be dismissed because they made the Ghostbusters a bunch of girls. This cast, and the looks of this script, make me confident this will be a positive addition to the Ghostbusters franchise.
And I just realized I’ll get a Patty action figure!!!!!