Five minute’s with Longford spoken word artist Felispeaks
Five minute’s with Longford spoken word artist Felispeaks

Lauren Heskin

Freshen up your bedroom with our pick of sheets, from earthy and rustic to crisp and clean
Freshen up your bedroom with our pick of sheets, from earthy and rustic to crisp...

Megan Burns

What to do if you feel like you’re on the verge of burnout
What to do if you feel like you’re on the verge of burnout

IMAGE

Does anyone actually enjoy office Zoom drinks? The experts weigh in on alternatives
Does anyone actually enjoy office Zoom drinks? The experts weigh in on alternatives

Filomena Kaguako

Wild Mountain Thyme: ‘Begorra begosh Americans! Good luck and goodbye’
Wild Mountain Thyme: ‘Begorra begosh Americans! Good luck and goodbye’

Edaein OConnell

The unexpected benefit lockdown is having on our children
The unexpected benefit lockdown is having on our children

Amanda Cassidy

Small furniture ideas to make a teeny tiny space feel big
Small furniture ideas to make a teeny tiny space feel big

Lauren Heskin

Image / Editorial

The All-Female Ghostbusters Reboot: Don’t Believe The Negative Hype


by Jennifer McShane
20th Jul 2016
blank

When sitting down to watch the all-female Ghostbusters reboot, I admit, I didn’t expect to enjoy it. Not because I’m against reworking a beloved classic for a modern-day audience but rather because since the day the trailer for the film appeared online, both it and its female cast have been subjected to a smear campaign I’ve not seen the likes of before. The fanboy ire of the Internet – otherwise known as ‘Ghostbros’ – were unduly determined to see the film fail weeks before the film’s release – diehard fans of Ivan Reitman’s original even succeeded in making its first trailer the most disliked in YouTube history – and it was essentially trashed unseen. Still, the barrage of negativity persists, despite the fact that it’s really, really good. The jokes are properly funny, the special effects slick and each of the actors bring a unique dynamic to the Ghostbusters team. The film is energetic, charming and worth a repeated watch. Melissa McCarthy, who fronts the all-female revamp along with Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones is at her best.

And I’m not the only one to have this view. It has received a generally positive response from critics; people like it, much to the dismay of the haters. ?And impressively, it currently boasts a 73% fresh score on?Rotten Tomatoes, but rather than hinder the aggression, this seems to have?angered the film’s denouncers beyond belief; they have since targeted many critics and writers who dare suggest that the film is in any way good.

Yes, it’s a long way off the original (and it has plot holes), but that appears to be the intention; it’s meant to be a reboot, not a direct remake. And you can’t miss the warm-hearted nostalgia throughout; both Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver, alongside favourites Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson,?happily make appearances in tribute to the film that came before. Director Paul Feig didn’t set out to take away any of the greatness of the now iconic movies; he wanted to rework his own version, if not to show that women can get those ghosts just as good as the boys did.

And therein lies the crux of the “problem”: this is a four-woman show, any male character?is secondary (not unlike The Neon Demon). Is this what elicited’such hatred and anger? Leslie Jones’s character, in particular, is one of the sassiest, and she provided the most laughs, yet she was grossly targeted by trolls online. The memory of their childhood favourite was being destroyed, the remake was a complete disservice to a classic, the haters argued, when in fact,?the film’s greatest crime appears to be reversing the genders of what is a kickass quartet, at least to the Ghostbusters Fanatics. They are women and I can’t imagine the same extent of fuss being made if this reboot had four men in the lead. There was no such fanfare when Jurassic Park was given a fresh revamp last year, or when?Planet of the Apes was reimagined by both Tim Burton and Rupert Wyatt. We heard no whispers of stolen childhoods when it emerged that beloved TV series?21 Jump Street (the show that introduced the world to Johnny Depp) would be getting a rework.

Given that sexism is rife in the industry, with few interesting leading roles for women, why aren’t all-female reboots embraced? We get a fresh perspective, different dynamic and a chance for women to shine in an industry dominated by men.

And when all is said and done, whatever happened to simply liking a film for what it is? A piece of work intended to bring joy and laughter to an audience.

Don’t believe the bad press: this modern-day version of?Ghostbusters is well worth a watch.

Also Read

blank
EDITORIAL
Vaccine envy: ‘Why a year of Covid has brought out the begrudgers’

By Amanda Cassidy

blank
EDITORIAL
Is marketplace feminism stealing the limelight from real female-driven issues?

‘Femertising’ is big business. Brands are increasingly taking advantage of...

By Amanda Cassidy

blank
HEALTH & WELLNESS
The trickle of information from the Government on restrictions has made a grim situation so much worse

By Amanda Cassidy

shells cafe
EDITORIAL
A Sligo cottage is transformed into a cool and cosy surfers’ haven

Still one of our favourite homes ever, the easy-breezy interiors...

By IMAGE Interiors & Living

Women with MS who take medication, especially immunosuppressants, cannot become pregnant unless they come off medication.
premium HEALTH & WELLNESS, REAL-LIFE STORIES
I had to weigh up the possibility of losing my mind against losing my future children

Holograms of the children she may never have dance across Dearbhla Crosses' mind as an MS diagnosis and Covid-19 are unwelcome reminders of her biological clock ticking.

By Dearbhla Crosse

Taylor Swift
EDITORIAL
I was not a fan of Taylor Swift. Then I watched her documentary

The documentary Miss Americana has shown a different side to...

By Edaein OConnell

Keith-_-Tara_130_Web Shantanu Starick painting kitchen cabinets
EDITORIAL
How to limit drips and brush strokes while painting kitchen cabinets

Painting kitchen cabinets can be transformative and can be achieved relatively low-cost,...

By Amanda Kavanagh