MENTAL NOTE

"Though we cannot make our sun stand still, yet we will make him run."
Blue, resist the urge to use facebook. You can do it. Good luck.
Cats and dogs can be friends. So can cowboys and indians. So can we.
Why try to be the best when there's no hierarchy in heaven?

Monday, July 11, 2016

Girlbusters: The Review I Didn't Expect to Write

Okay, so here it is: a simple case of Blue Go Eat Your Words And Make It Quick. Girlbusters isn't just a decent movie, it's actually pretty good. And when I say pretty good, I mean pretty beeping great. It takes a man to admit he was wrong. 



Technically speaking, I never said I was sure this movie would suck, but I sure did expect it to make Debbie Who Did Dallas look like an amateur. I know, another politically incorrect remark bordering on sexism, but since this is a flick in which someone with huge balls below the belt gets shot (proton...ly?) in the balls by someone with balls above the belt, I guess our sense of humor is now officially a two-way stream, and I'm all for it. Always have been, always will be. No need to walk on eggshells all the time, ladies and gents. Now, where are my slippers?

You see, when I bought my tickets, I told myself to keep as open a mind as bluemanly possible. Concentrate and give it your best shot. So, I walked up the stairs towards my V.I.P. seat (that is, my Vanity Inducing Pricey seat), sat down and decided to enjoy the party. Given the unbelievable barrage of negativity — reminiscent of that yucky river of purple slime in Ghostbusters II — about those truly horrible, horrible trailers, it only seemed fair to try and not be similarly hateful toward a movie I hadn't even seen. You can be proud of me: I pulled it off, and much to the movie's credit, it wasn't hard at all.

The trick is to now say something reasonably substantial without barfing sticky green spoilers all over your pretty face. Let's start by saying that the trailers did the movie a real disservice — to say the least. Sometimes trailers make you think a movie is great when it's not and you get suckered into wasting your hard-earned money, leading to disappointment, anger and a costly visit to your local shrink. Sometimes trailers do not misrepresent a movie and you experience a sense of relief. But sometimes... oh sometimes, when the clock strikes twelve and the golden carriage strangely enough does not turn into a giant pumpkin, a movie is a much more pleasurable experience than its trailers have led you to believe. This movie falls into the third category. Does that preclude a costly visit to your local shrink? Of course it doesn't. The pleasant shock may be more than you can handle.

You see, a Ghostbusters movie is supposed to ooze a mixture of fun and excitement, but somehow the marketing geniuses decided to put all the least funny moments in the trailers. Surprisingly, some of the jokes that didn't work out of context in the trailers do work in the actual movie, and that's a pity because they would've made me laugh or made me laugh more had they not already been ruined by the marketing team. Watching the same jokes in context, I was fully aware of the bad aftertaste left by the same jokes as they occurred in the trailers. It was a schizophrenic experience which told me to better keep my eyes closed next time some ill-advised Hollyhead wants to inject a shot of pure marketing disaster into my butt of a brain.

Were the main characters in this reboot as funny, engaging and memorable as their 1984 counterparts? Not by a longshot. In my book, a movie may have cost $200,000,000, $300,000,000 or more, but none of that matters one bit if you don't give a rat's hairy butt about the characters living in the expensive movieverse created. The fact remains that the characters in the original Ghostbusters had much more chemistry and screen presence, but Kristen Carroll Wiig is doing a pretty good job as quantum physicist Erin Gilbert while Melissa McCarthy's big mouth is wonderfully kept in check. I still feel the editors of The Heat (2013) should've been fired, though. McCarthy's mouth was so big in that unintentionally humorless movie you could've easily parked a car in it.

The special effects didn't make me feel dirty like I was, once again, indulging myself in a truckload of FX porn — think Independency Day: Resurgence, which made me feel like I was tied to a bed and someone I didn't even know was moaning, "Watch this, Blue. Watch this..." into my left ear. No, the effects in this movie clearly served a purpose that went beyond the much anticipated oooohs and ahhhhhs of a guillible audience. They were basically a character in their own right that, much to my relief, didn't flip the bird on the style of the original movies. Did I mention the colors were great? That's saying a lot when you happen to be wearing tinted IMAX glasses. Overall, I found it hard not to appreciate the amount of effort that has been put into the look of this movie, and something tells me I'll go and see Ghostbusters (2016) again real soon. No, I'm not drunk.

Now, I have one rule when it comes to deciding if I liked a movie, yes or no: Would I buy it? The answer is, yes, I would, and I'm not ashamed to admit it either. Now I need a drink. One more thing: watch this movie until the very end.

The very end.

Story: ★★★☆☆
Acting and chemistry: ★★★☆☆
Look and feel: ★★★★☆


100 comments:

  1. Not as bad as ID Resurgence? That's a surprise. Still will pass. I grew up with the original. It's all I need.

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    1. It's all I need too and it's irreplaceable, but I'm sure you will at least like this one.

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  2. McCarthy's big mouth would scare me away, good it is closed more with this one at play. Best I'll do is see it when it is one Netflix or something like that. Aren't paying to help them create more reboot scat. Good it wasn't a total waste though and not a FX porn show haha

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    1. Something tells me you'll like it more in an Imax theater. No, it wasn't a total waste at all. I still can't believe it.

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    2. haha with my back I won't like it one bit. For it can't touch anything as I sit. So it sucks, even if I had the bucks.

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    3. I'm sorry to hear that. I guess a portable Imax theater is out of the question...

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    4. lol portable would be neat, but one would have to live on Brewster's Millions street.

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    5. I guess you'll have to settle for the iceberg.

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    6. That I will
      Maybe some gambling will fit the bill

      Mr. No Reboot
      Giving the reversal a toot

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  3. Holy Hell! I did not just read this! The shock, the scandal, I'm flabbergasted! Boo and hiss, hiss and boo!

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    1. Mind your tick-tock, Dezzmeister. Have some tea. Ghostbusters Tea.

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    2. Pft, give him an Ecto Cooler instead of the tea. He needs a little sugary sweet after that rant ;)

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    3. One Ecto Cooler coming up. Better make that a double.

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    4. the Busters did kinda flop at the box office this weekend, what do you say, Blue? They earned just over 40 million and did not even take the first place at the charts

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    5. stubborn people is what I say.

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    6. stubborn people is what I say.

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  4. I didn't know until yesterday that the movie featured an all girl Ghostbuster group. I'm really behind the times, LOL. It does sound like an interesting movie, will probably try to catch it sometime soon.

    betty

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    1. Bring your proton packs, betty.

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    2. lol - why are you repeating yourself Blue?

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    3. There' a ghost in my phone, is why. Or it's a copy... Cat!

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    4. Lol Ghosts like to haunt me

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    5. The cute ones may come and haunt me, but they never do. I feel so rejected.

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    6. I will come and haunt you, no need to feel rejected I will always be in the backdrop..

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    7. aww Blue, that is sweet of you to say

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    8. You know this might mean I have my moments...

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    9. Blue,

      This movie seems to be doing very well at the box-office. Imagine that ;)

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  5. I am shocked! My skepticism hasn't panned out on this one. Usually, I find, a reworked script that is just remake of an original doesn't work. Shows what I know. (we can all agree the answer to that is less than nothing) I really have to start working harder on my glass being half full.

    I, too wasn't impressed by the trailer but am willing to give the movie a chance.

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    1. Ima, here she comes! Good to hear your glass is half full. Mine is usually empty ;)

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  6. You have presented us with a very good lesson - Don't judge a book by its cover, per se.

    And like you, I will (most probably) see the movie with an open mind.

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    1. Ironically, I can b pretty um anal when it comes to book covers. Rumor has it I sometimes order the same book twice - only with a different cover.

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    2. Who... me?
      Scooby Dooweeeeeeh!

      (You might be right.)

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    3. A cover under a different cover? Haha clevet

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    4. a clever endeavor
      from a blue professor

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    5. My computer broke down Who you gonna call... a clown? So I spent 15 hours fixing this thing. Great way to start a new day.

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  7. I plan to give the movie a try. I need a summer movie.

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  8. That's sort of how I am with music now. I used to read up on everything, try to find reasons why a piece of music was important or critically favored.

    Now I realize I like music if I click over to listen to it again and again.

    That's more low brow, but effective.

    As for movies, well, I haven't been to see a movie since Star Wars last year. But I might catch it when it on smaller screens.

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    1. Screw the smaller screens. This needs the biggest one on the block. Indulge yourself.

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  9. Blue,

    I am shocked that you actually went to view the movie. I thought this was a big NO! Look at you a VIP seat as well, nothing but the best for you Blue. I am glad you found something to like, but I will wait for Netflix or Red Box. I just won't pay to see another Melissa McCarthy movie. No matter who is shooting balls..haha..were they blue balls? Ok, just had to add that as I leave quietly from the room.

    At least you went with an open mind, maybe that is what helped. No expectations!

    Let me help you find your slippers so you can get comfy..

    Have a good night Blue! Don't dream of ghosts unless you have a ghostbuster in the house.

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    1. So I can still shock you? Who would've guessed... :D Yes, this was a big no but that doesn't mean I need to find out in person if my semi-rant was justified. Well, they sure showed me. Ironically, the movie would've been better paced without the obligatory cameos, notably the ones by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver. I loved the one by Ernie Hudson because his appearance didn't feel shoehorned.

      Take my advice, though: avoid Netflix or Redbox. Spend some dough and watch it on a big screen. The biggest one you can find.

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    2. Of course Blue, you always AMAZE and IMPRESS me with the meanderings of your mind. Did, they use the same theme song? Ok, Blue I feel like singing

      If there's something strange
      in your neighborhood
      Who ya gonna call?
      GHOSTBUSTERS
      If there's something weird
      and it don't look good
      Who ya gonna call?
      GHOSTBUSTERS

      Ok, I just had to...

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    3. Yes, it was the same theme song. Raped with a stick and a spare guitar, but it was still pretty much the same song.

      An invisible man
      Sleeping in your bed
      YIKES!
      Who you gonna call?

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    4. Haha - that would be my luck a ghost ~ YIKES

      Ghostbusters

      I ain't afraid of no ghost
      I ain't afraid of no ghost


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    5. I like the sound of that. Everybody!

      I ain't afraid of no ghost
      I ain't afraid of no ghost
      The blue one I love the most
      The green one go sit on a post

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  10. Hi 5 dear Blue! Even with all the negativity shoved at this movie, you still gave it a shot. Way to not judge a book by its cover or a movie by its trailer. Or negative press.

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    1. he also went to see INDEPENDENCE DAY, he just goes around movie blogs and trashes movies secretly wanting to see them all!

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    2. @Theresa - I sure did. Curiosity didn't kill this blue cat.

      Dazzzling Dezzzmeister von Dezzyland - Um.

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    3. Funny how Independence Day got a lot of hype and is tanking right now. Ghostbusters got a lot of negativity and people seem to be loving it!

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    4. I'm a recovering ID fan. Be gentle.

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    5. A fan of ID1. Recovering from the disaster that is ID2.

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  11. The positive reviews on Youtube have convinced me that I can safely see it half price. I see most movies that way because of my budget and the scary high cost of 3D. Only movie I have seen full price this year is The Secret Life of Pets. What can I say? I love me some animation. Glad you enjoyed it Blue!

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    1. Half price sounds like a good deal. Have fun. Wait... Does my Mongo have a secret life, too? Meow!

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  12. I will pass, but glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. Thanks. Now, go and watch it. This one's on me.

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  13. Wow, Blue, this is maybe the best movie review I've ever read! It's so funny and has such an original tune! I'll probably not catch the movie because I'm going traveling again shortly, but maybe I'll catch it on Comcast. I've learned not to pay any attention to those trailers or what the critics say. I think they all reveal too much. I like to walk into a theatre without expectations other than the hope that the movie will entertain me. Have a good one!

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    1. You are quite the traveler, aren't you? :) Well, good for you. Thanks for the kind words.

      Have a good one, too!

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  14. Leave school now and go and work for the entertainments industry! You do write that up a treat, Sir! And, since I trust you implicitly, I shall go forth and book myself a vanity chair.

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    1. Make sure that vanity chair comes with a sweet Vermouth on the rocks with a twist. Better yet, have a Ghostbuster. I'm buying.

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    2. Done! That looks wonderful!

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    3. See, that's why I love you, Jules. You know that Imax is the only way. You know that Grand Canyon National Park would look crappy on a television screen. You know Netflix won't do the trick. You know only the real deal will do. Way to go, Jules!

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  15. Oh hell no! Ghostbusters is 3 MeN, a nerd and evil pretty woman, not this role-reversal nonsense, sorry!

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    1. Ghostbusters is four men, a nerd who loves taxes and and evil pretty woman. :p

      Hi Shadow.

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  16. Congratulations for being able to see it with an open mind. And I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

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  17. The moments to do
    Reading the review
    But to believe Blue
    Must be good to view

    Hank

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  18. Wait, how did you get to see a movie you didn't want to see yet got to see it early? And hold on just a blue stinking minute here, you mean to tell me that you sat down for a movie you had already pre-judged and it exceeded your expectations!?! What have we learned here, class? That, maybe, just maybe, we should wait to see a movie BEFORE reviewing it?
    That said, you're completely right, the trailers were hot garbage and whoever edited them should be fired and banned from any creative pursuit from here until the end of time.

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    1. A little bird told me to go to a preview. Instead of biting its head off, I decided to listen and call it a good deed to up my chances of one day (a sad, sad day) getting a V.I.P. spot in heaven.

      I say, edit that editor's ass. Trimp it till there's nothing left.

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  19. I'm glad you kept your mind as open as bluemanly possible, lol. I don't mind seeing this one. I've never seen the original (one of those that just slipped by me, I guess), so I don't have anything to compare it to... glad to see the review. :)

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    1. Hello, Rosey. Who you gonna call?

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    2. I do know that song. Loved it when I was a kid. :)

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  20. Well hell, I have to say that I'm surprised by this because it just doesn't seem like it's a great movie. That being said, I think I'll wait until I can watch it on Cable.

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    1. That's like looking out at Grand Canyon National Park through the tiny screen of my smart phone ;)

      Hi Mary

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  21. ooh ooooh tell me the reference of 'now where are my slippers' is from a song that also references no cook me up some bacon & beans???????

    I quite like Melissa McCarthy. I will refrain from watching the trailer!!!!

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    1. It was an attempt at 1950's sexisme like those trolls on youtube. Did I convince you?

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    2. haha yes. I learnt that song in primary school. Never gave a thought to the sexism til much later in life. All we cared about was the bacon & beans & getting as much twang into our voices as possible. It was hilarious!!!

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    3. Bacon, beans & twang... What more does a person need?

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  22. I'm still in doubt. I'll wait for it to come on Netflix. I think because you were expecting a disaster, you were so surprised when you got something less than a disaster that you convinced yourself it was great ;)

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    1. If you are still in doubt, that means I've failed miserably. No, Lynda, I know Ghostbusters by heart and was genuinely pleased to find they treated the original movie with so much respect. :)

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  23. Wow, Blue, I'm impressed. I didn't think you'd like the movie and here you are..liking the movie. Will I go see it in the movie theater? Maybe, if it's raining on a weekend. We'll see. And I'm a huge fan of all the cast. I'm just afraid of the disappointment cause I'm such a fan of the original.

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    1. If you're as big a fan of the original as I , you will like this movie more. You will notice the hard work and dedication, and you will notice the director's respect. He clearly loves the original too. Ironically, this movie could do without the cameos.

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  24. I will go check it out! I wonder if the anticipated badness from critics really meant most of us weren't going to give it a chance.

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  25. Well, now I'm curious. I rarely go to movies--I wait for Netflix or Prime. But more often than not the movie is available through one of those before I even know about it.

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    1. U'm not sure if watching Ghostbusters 2016 on Netflix isn't a bit like trying to take in Grand Canyon National Park through the tiny screen of a smart phone ;) But to each their own. Thanks for stopping by, Kathleen. :)

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  26. Good for you, Blue! I'm glad you went to see it and glad you enjoyed it.
    It's on our list.

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  27. Good to know! Everyone was trashing it before it even came out so good for you for giving it a chance. And maybe now even I'll go watch it...

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