Who Ya Gonna Call? Ghostbusters 2016

On Friday night, I saw the remake of Ghostbusters.  I’d seen parts of the original, so I definitely wanted to see this one.  And you can’t go wrong with Melissa McCarthy anyway.

It was really funny.  Even Mom was laughing out loud.  But I should start with the story first.  After her past comes back to haunt her, Dr. Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) loses her chance of tenure at Columbia.  When she gets fired, she confronts her friend who released her book to the public, and who worked on the book with her.  Her friend, Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), didn’t back down, standing by her decision to put their book online.  Everybody thought it was nonsense.  But soon enough, they see their first ghost.

Now to the cast.  They didn’t disappoint.  Some of the actors from the original made cameos, which was really cool.   I’d like to address Chris Hemsworth’s character in the movie.  He was actually most of the comedy, being the eye candy yet stupid receptionist.  I don’t remember where, but I saw a post about how someone was really disappointed about this.  But, if you think about it, his character was a profound yet  subtle role reversal.  How many times has the receptionist type character in movies been a stupid woman who only serves as eye candy for her male coworkers – her looks being the only reason she still has the job?  The same role has now been projected on Chris Hemsworth’s character, Kevin.  It takes him pretty much the entire movie just to figure out how to answer the phone.  This movie seems to turn everything around gender roles on its head.

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