I need to just start this off by saying … I have never seen the original Ghostbusters movie. Wait, put the pitchforks down! It’s not my fault, I was raised in a Hispanic household where we got our life lessons from Novelas, Cristina and Don Francisco.
So I went to go see the Ghostbusters reboot purely because it was a comedy with four leading ladies and I wanted to show my support. Well, let me just tell you that I left that movie theatre with a lighter heart, a brighter smile, an inspired soul and a dire need to write this down so that I could hold on to the feeling forever. Where do I even begin to explain?
I think the movie theatre where we saw the movie in was full of magic. My three friends and I sat in the middle of a full theatre and tried to calm our anxious hearts as the movie began. We all had different expectations but we all left with a happier heart and a wider smile. In regards to the movie itself; it was a “laugh out loud” comedy and the chemistry between the actresses is what truly carried the movie. The action sequences were amazing, in reality I could have watched two straight hours of Kate McKinnon fighting some ghosts and I would have been satisfied. Melissa, Kristen, Leslie and Kate all had their moment to shine (though I do wish they had utilized Leslie a bit more). As a whole the movie exceeded any expectations I could have had and from now on I will be attending any movie starring these four ladies.
This is about so much more than the movie though, the truth is I have never been prouder to be a woman in 2016 than when I walked out of the movie theatre the other night. To see these four women star in a comedy that has nothing to do with meeting, chasing, or keeping a man is the kind of comedy I want to keep seeing. To see different types of women being represented on the big screen is inspiring. It makes me want to write scripts because, for once, I can actually see them becoming a reality. It makes me want to keep creating because the platform for females in the industry just keeps growing and growing.
I wish Kristen, Melissa, Kate and Leslie could have been in the theatre where I watched the movie. I wish they could have heard the laughter. I wish they could have heard the clapping when the movie was over. I wish they could have heard the cheering when they referenced the original Ghostbusters. I wish they could have heard the cheering and clapping that happened when the credits rolled. I’m telling you, the audience in this theatre was pure magic. I know most of us have read the criticism and the hateful comments being made about the ladies in the movie and I am here to tell you to ignore the men in basements who pound on their keyboards and spread hate. Go out and give your money to a movie that will inevitably make your day a little better.
My niece is only 3 months old and I already cannot wait to show her this movie. I cannot wait to explain to her that this movie is proof that she can be whatever she damn well pleases. The reboot of Ghostbusters is so much more than a “Summer Blockbuster”. It’s the beginning of a movement, it’s proof that women can lead a “Summer Blockbuster”, it’s proof that there is more to a woman’s narrative than “How is she going to get and keep the man?”. Don’t get me wrong, I am also a fan of the Romantic Comedies, but there is more to women than their road to finding “Mr. Right”. We need more movies like this. Television is a beautiful platform for women representation and it is time that the movie industry begins to catch up.
Have any of you seen the movie? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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