It was announced recently that Paul Feig will be making a new Ghostbusters movie and that the new Ghostbusters will be all women. From reading twitter it seems that a lot of people are really upset about this and will not watch a new Ghostbusters if it stars all women.
Personally, if there was going to be a new Ghostbusters, I wish it could have been done before Harold Ramis died and was an actual sequel with all of the originals. I’m not against reboots and remakes like a lot of people, but bringing back the original three would have been great. Obviously, with Ramis dead and Bill Murray not interested anyway, that will not happen. So, if there is to be a Ghostbusters, it will have to be a reboot. Here’s what I think about the reboot and the women issue:
I think the script is much more important than the gender make up of the cast. If you have a bad script, the gender of your cast won’t make a difference. Bad script equals bad movie. Of course, the cast is important and if you have a good script, you need the right cast to make it a good movie. Once again, this is not dependent on gender. I would much rather see a Ghostbusters with women like Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Aubrey Plaza, Emma Stone, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Mann, Aisha Tyler etc. than a Ghostbusters with less talented male actors. The gender isn’t the issue for me. The talent is and all of those women, plus plenty more, are extremely talented and would make a good movie with the right script.
I assume the people out there who think I am wrong and that an all female Ghotbusters will automatically suck are the morons who believe women can’t be funny. I think Paul Feig is probably ok with them skipping the film.
Unfortunately, I am now two days removed from seeing the movie, so my thoughts are not as fresh and easy to articulate as they would have been had I had time to write this earlier.
The good: Ellen Page is very good in both the roller derby scenes and the scenes with her parents. Daniel Stern and Marcia Gay Harden were perfect as the parents. Kristen Wiig and Juliette Lewis were excellent as roller derby girls, Wiig as the mother figure to Page and Lewis as the villain. Drew Barrymore was good in a small, comic relief role. The roller derby scenes were well done and made me want to go see actual roller derby live. The story was well written and didn’t have the pat Hollywood ending of everything being perfect at the end.
The bad: The movie dragged in parts, especially in the scenes with Page and Landon Pigg, who played her love interest. I am a fan of Alia Shawkat, but did not like her in the role of the best friend at all.
The verdict: The good far outweighs the bad and this is a must see movie.
First a note about “reviews” from me. I give my general impressions of the movie. I’m not going to go into much detail about acting, effects, etc.
My night at the movies started with frustration, bordering on anger at the people in front of me in line and was pushed further by some of the others in the theater around me. I think I will save the details for another post later. I was afraid that this would make it impossible for me to enjoy the movie, but I was proven wrong.
A Haunting in Connecticut is not a great movie. I’m not sure it was even a very good movie. It was, however, better than many horror movies I have seen recently. Most of the actors did a good job with their characters. In fact, the only bad acting in the movie was done by the two youngest actors and I think that was a product of the writer not knowing how to write younger kids. They both acted like they were five even though the oldest of the two had to pushing 12. This was a distraction in every scene they were in. The standouts in the movie were Kyle Gallner as Matt and Elias Koteas as Reverend Propescu. They were the ones who had the bulk of the “haunting” scenes and excelled in them. Gallner was particularly good at playing the sick, vulnerable teen. I do have to admit, though, that I was distracted by the fact that he looked like the Robert Pattinson would look if he bothered to bathe regularly.
The movie was the best kind of ghost story. We saw flashes of the ghosts for the most part and didn’t see the full effect until the climax of the story. There was no attempt to scare with the gore factor or with a constant barrage of spooky images. A scare is much better when the anticipation builds. As a whole, A Haunting in Connecticut was a satisfying horror movie experience.
Looking ahead to a rainy day tomorrow as Hannah pushes through with the hopes that I can have a lazy day of watching movies I decided to share my list of movies I can watch over and over again.
1. Better Off Dead – Best movie ever. I love everything about this movie. Go rent it now.
2. Heathers – Another one of the few movies I own. Very funny and dark. My favorite kind of movie.
3. The Replacements – I love a good football movie and I enjoy this one a lot.
4. Remember the Titans – Another good football movie with a good historical lesson
5. The Waterboy – Another fuzbol movie(it’s from the debil)
6. Die Hard – Never gets old. Action movie at it’s best.
7. Grease – Was very disappointed that my High School Musical fan kids didn’t like it.
8. Lost Boys – I love a good vampire movie and I loved the Corey’s when I was a kid.
9. Breakfast Club – another of my 80’s movie favorites and the archetype of all teen movies to follow.
10. Back to the Future – Michael J Fox is great and I will watch anything he did. This is his best.
This is not a list of “best” movies. These are the ones I love so much I will watch over and over again and are perfect movies for a rainy day on the couch.