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Happy birthday to Rick Moranis! We miss you buddy. 

“Gozer the Traveler. He will come in one of the pre-chosen forms. During the rectification of the Vuldrini, the traveler came as a large and moving Torg! Then, during the third reconciliation of the last of the McKetrick supplicants, they chose a new form for him: that of a giant Slor! Many Shuvs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you!" 

Cailen’s Thoughts on Ghostbusters 2016: No Spoilers

So I had the chance to rewatch the original two Ghostbusters films about a year ago, watching them back to back. There’s something absolutely magical about Ghostbusters that I honestly can’t explain. It’s a franchise, a phenomenon, an experience, ESPECIALLY for someone my age in their late twenties to early thirties. 

Picture little me, running through every Toys R’ Us, every hole in the wall toystore, looking for EVERY SINGLE piece of Ghostbuster’s merch I could find. I personally always loved the ghosts more than the humans, but I collected them all nonetheless. My biggest love at that age was The Real Ghostbusters, the cartoon. Frank Welker, Lorenzo Music, Arsenio Hall…and the impeccable Maurice LaMarche all lending their voice talents to the characters. I even downloaded the entire series a few years back just to enjoy the nostalgia.

Ghostbusters is INGRAINED in a huge part of who I am. I quote the original film endlessly and though the effects for Zuul and Vinz Clortho, as well as few other parts here and there, don’t really hold up at all, the film remains a funny and thrilling ride.

But it’s not the late 80′s anymore. We had no Ghostbusters 3 to continue the original cast’s story and now there’s no more Harold Ramis, god bless him. We now have Ghostbusters 2016, a movie that was under INTENSE scrutiny since it’s first trailer drop. A movie people were losing their damn MINDS over, consumed with hatred, vitriol, and a slew of mean internet comments, plunging the dislike bar on the original trailer to massive depths.

The trailer, I will admit, did not wow me. The jokes fell somewhat flat and the scenes they decided to show felt safe and bland. This is the trailer that, having watched it ONCE, James Rolfe was heralding the film as a thunderous money-grabbing flop. Here’s the thing….

The trailer is hot garbage.

The movie is nothing short of FANTASTIC.

The characters are grounded, with each member bringing something important to the table. The jokes are spot on and I was laughing the entire film. The effects were fantastic and really gave the movie an identity of it’s own with the use of blues and greens. The look was perfect, the setting was perfect….this movie FELT like a Ghostbusters movie.

I have to give props to the writing in this film. The movie was HILARIOUS and they did it all with CLEAN humor. There were no sex jokes, sexist jokes, abelist jokes, no swearing, no cutting anyone down needlessly…it was HEALTHY humor and it was consistent throughout the whole film.

I appreciated that Leslie Jones’ character was brought in far earlier on in the movie than Ernie Hudson’s character was in the original film, and was treated with far more care and respect. Her lack of a scientific background is never an issue, it’s never used against her, and the group relies heavily on her talents and knowledge outside of the lab. She may not be a nerd but she’s a Ghostbuster regardless.

The characters GENUINELY care about each other in this film. It’s WHOLESOME. It strengthens the bonds, it makes them all far more LIKABLE. The characters felt genuinely human and this movie is a STRICT REBOOT, which makes the attention to detail in the relationships between these characters VERY important to have and this movie nailed it.

It manages to be a love letter to the original film while also creating it’s own unique identity and feel. The action is AMAZING. My roommate and I were on the actual edges of our seat during the climax, cheering and laughing like morons. The villain is a wonderful metaphor along the lines of Immortan Joe from Mad Max: Fury Road and what really got to me was that I KNEW someone in high school who was basically this film’s villain. 

Now I see pictures of little girls meeting their new heroes. My mother is visiting from the states and she’s an elementary school teaching assistant, and she already has stories of all the children going crazy for Ghostbusters. The torch is passed and finally it’s female inclusive. This is an EMPOWERING film and I couldn’t be happier. So much hate has been aimed at this film because it DOESN’T CATER TO MEN. I’m a man and I couldn’t care less! The movie is FANTASTIC. It sails high on it’s own merits and honestly I am going back with my roommate to see it again within the next two weeks.

I cannot sing the praises of this film enough. James Rolfe, all the people who have shat on this movie before it even hit theaters….they had it ALL wrong. This movie blew me away and I’m in NO way thinking that this takes away from the original films. They’ll always be there, alongside the doofy Real Ghostbusters and the awkward Extreme Ghostbusters. This is the new incarnation and I cannot be more thrilled and excited for more. I crave more. Because it’s Ghostbusters. It captures that inexplicable wonder and magic that I described earlier and it does so flawlessly. Because it’s GHOSTBUSTERS. 

Go see this movie. And still past the credits