Okay, so the new "Ghostbusters" was actually pretty good. Very funny. Is it better than the original? No, emphatically not. But it was very entertaining, all the same.
I have to say that the Salty Tears of Cinematic Sadness poor babymenz have been showering all over the internet have been delicious, and I might have waited to see this on video had people not been behaving so stupidly about this movie. (Such is the nature of my misandry.) They do have a point, you know -- a misguided point, but a point nonetheless. Two of these new Lady Ghostbusters are portrayed by actors over 40, two possess body shapes that are atypical for Hollywood, and the most conventionally attractive of the four is portrayed by a real life lesbian (and her character may also be gay, though it's not overtly confirmed). There is no romantic subplot at all, if one discounts a little directionless drooling over Chris Hemsworth. This is a movie about four people busting ghosts. No, really. Four people, who happen to be women. You can see why the babymenz are so upset, I guess. This movie was definitely not made for them.
There is almost no female objectification in this movie. It was not made with the male gaze in mind. The fact that that's notable makes me sad, but the fact that it happened makes me pretty happy. Nobody gets laid. Nobody even gets a ghostly blow job. Nobody sexually harasses a haunted cellist, or takes 300 cc of Thorazine with him on a (reluctantly granted) date. (Where did Venkman even get that Thorazine, anyway?) It's almost like the movie takes place in a world where women can do stuff other than simply exist to give men boners. It's fucking refreshing to see something like that. I wish it was so commonplace as to be unremarkable, but it's not.
Now, having made my lamentable ideological point, I must reiterate that it was funny. Like virtually everyone else who enjoyed the movie, I am now madly in love with Kate McKinnon's Holtzmann character. Like, I want to sit down and write some Mary Sue fan fiction about that character and me. She's the best. I will probably always refer to Pringles chips as "salty parabolas" from now on. I am a little embarrassed about my new character crush, but only because she has the same name as an actual ex of mine. Awkward.
Anyway, I give it a thumbs up.