Jul. 16th, 2016

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And I don't understand the things you crazy kids are into ... but basically, Pokemon GO is a giant, worldwide scavenger hunt? I mean, yeah, more tech sophisticated etc etc, but... an old idea, new technology?

There is nothing new under the sun.
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Quick nonspoilery thoughts:

It was a lot of fun, if a bit broader than my taste, and I found myself just sitting there smiling.

It was flawed in that modern action movie way, where it's facially obvious that a lot of exposition and plotting was cut. The only reason it wasn't entirely incoherent was because you kind of know the story from the original - like, not the same plot exactly, but the same story beats. For that reason, I think the original is a superior piece of filmmaking.

Everyone's awesome but Kate McKinnon steals the show.

With the caveat that I've never seen a Paul Feig movie before (again, his humor is too broad for my taste), it was a revelation to see women playing these kinds of roles. Not just comedic, but awkward and goofy and loud and taking up space and with no concern at all for whether they were pretty. (Let's all remember that Joss Whedon told Elizabeth Olsen not to scrunch up her face during the Avengers action scenes, because it made her look unattractive.) That they are women is essentially unremarked.

Case in point: There's a running joke thing about Melissa McCarthy and food, and it has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that she's heavy. She does physical comedy and it has nothing to do with the fact that she's heavy.

I remember the original Ghostbusters, which I loved as a kid. It was hilarious and I saw it many times. And always, always - even before I had any particular political consciousness - I disliked the bits that had to do with Bill Murray skeevily coming on to women, and hated the whole part of the plot where Sigourney Weaver is possessed, turned into a weird sex maniac, and has to sleep with Rick Moranis. It was like this horrible sour note in the middle of the film. I wasn't really old enough to understand why I hated those bits, I just knew I found them basically unwatchable.

But with the new Ghostbusters, I get a glimpse of how different it would have been for me - for all of us - if we'd gotten stories about women like this as we were growing up.

There is a scene at the very end of the credits so don't leave.

Oh also good commentary here.

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