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Ways that Ghostbusters 2016 is Better than the Original

The nerdy guy doesn’t get the girl. That was a standard trope in the 80s, and the Ghostbusters of 1984 was no exception. The lack of consent factor that makes all of the Zhoul-possessed Sigourney Weaver scenes difficult to watch is not an issue here, because there is no romance in the new Ghostbusters, creepily possessed or otherwise. Yes, Erin (Kristin Wiig) awkwardly hits on Kevin (Chris Hemsworth) but it’s generally met with disapproval from her fellow Ghostbusters (if not laughter) and Kevin seeming to be oblivious to it. And even better than the nerdy guy being the hero is the fact that the nerdy guy is the villain and the nerdy girls save the world. Boom.

An appreciation for their receptionist by the Ghostbusters. I loved Janine as a kid. As a child, I thought that Janine pining quietly for Egon was romantic. Now it pisses me off. That and the fact that nobody paid any attention to her, generally speaking, because she was competent and therefore invisible. As doofy and dumb as Kevin is, and even though Erin hits on him, the team still values him and learns to work with him because they genuinely care about him. That’s not subtext. That’s actual text.

Using the “ghost” as an allegorical commentary. One of the themes in this movie is the importance of being believed. Yes, in this movie, it’s about being believed about ghosts. Erin talks about how she saw a ghost when she was 8, every night for a year. Her parents didn’t believe her, and she went into therapy. Abby (Melissa McCarthy) was the only one who believed her, which was one of the reasons they became friends. It’s not that much of a stretch to think about all the things that women are also often not believed about, as children or as adults. And that part of the movie, thankfully, and pointedly, doesn’t devolve into comedy. It lets the moment of remembered trauma be serious.

Real friendship between the Ghostbusters. The other moment of seriousness that is allowed to be serious is at the very end, when Jillian (Kate McKinnon) stands up to give the gals a toast. Up to this point, the majority of Kate McKinnon’s screentime has been devoted to sight gags and making straight girls question their sexuality, both of which she excels at.

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Can we talk about this? When JJ has the pressure get to him this is how he sees the other skaters. Yurio looks angry and serious as always. Otabek looks disapproving and seious too. Phichit looks proud to be representing his country and maybe a bit smug. Christophe has that cute little smile, a little cheeky too, but then we have Yuri. He looks so smug and like, mischievous. We know Yuri was never much for confidence but here is the part where he’d be laughing like a school girl, the teasing kind of laugh. It’s interesting to see that this is how JJ sees all the other figure skaters in the Grand Prix Final, but more importantly Yuri. I sort of head canon that JJ probably thinks that this is what Yuri is really like and just hides it behind low self-esteem and lack of confidence. Maybe the other skaters think the same. I mean, we do see Yuri kill it on the ice with Eros and then there’s how he acts when he gets drunk.

There’s always people that disapprove of LDR’s but real love isn’t limited by distance. I love to be the one to prove them wrong. Like, if you’ve found your soul mate, then you’ve found them; it doesn’t matter where they are..