Ghostbusters: Why The Classics Were Re-shot With The Female Cast

Ghostbusters: Why The Classics Were Re-shot With The Female Cast
Ghostbusters: Why The Classics Were Re-shot With The Female Cast

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Video: The All-Female Cast of the ‘Ghostbusters’ Remake 2022, November
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Dasha Tatarkova

"Ghostbusters" released in the cinema - reboot of the legendary film by Ivan Reitman, which this time was entrusted to Paul Figo. Although Bill Murray can be seen in one of the cameos, the leading roles went exclusively to women: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. The film does not copy the events of the legendary primary source, but neatly builds a new plot, here and there scattering curtsies to its predecessor. Yesterday we published an interview with the director of "Huntresses" Paul Fig, who believes that women are the best comedians, and today we tell how in the main summer blockbuster there was a place for both female liberation and the delight of working on what she loves.

Serious female physicist Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) completes probation at Columbia University. She wears a two-piece wool suit and a blouse with a tiny bow tie. Everything is working out for her, only one problem: her former partner Abby (Melissa McCarthy) published their old joint work on the scientific justification for the existence of ghosts. Because of him, Erin finds a man who asks her to exorcise the spirit that is terrorizing the mansion. Gilbert does not believe him, but is ready to get down to business on the condition that Abby withdraws the book from sale, which could damage her serious scientific reputation.

Of course, in an old New York building, a very real and very displeased ghost of a maniac (by the way, also a woman) is discovered. And no matter how hard Gilbert tries, she is still fired from the university after a video in which a physicist, doused with ectoplasm, jumps and shouts "I saw a ghost!", Goes viral. This is for the best - the circumstances are pushing Erin Gilbert to do what she loves, and not to fight the windmills within the prim university scientific community.

They tried to turn "Ghostbusters" into a large-scale franchise back in the 80s, but to no avail - only two films were released. For Dan Ackroyd, Ivan Wrightman, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis, the first film was a real soul project. Having divided the roles among themselves, they themselves directed, wrote and played. But as soon as the studio wanted to make a film series out of this, everyone backtracked. The dream of Sony, who owns the rights to the Hunters, came true only thirty years later, when it was decided to reboot. Paul Fig, who was called to the director's chair, being true to himself, offered to restart the story with an all-female cast. It's a shame that you still need a man to make a big blockbuster with women in the lead roles.

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From the very beginning, even before anything was understood about the resulting film, many fans took the idea extremely negatively. Feig says he hasn’t come across such people at conventions face-to-face, but there have been heated discussions on the internet about how the female version of Hunters will darken the collective youthful dream of everyone growing up in the eighties. The arguments were the most misogynistic, most of them boiled down to "well, these are women" and "women will ruin everything." This is especially funny and surprising, given that at that moment the film did not even have promo photos, and the more information about the picture appeared, the clearer it was that the result would not be upset. By the way, sales of toys with "Huntresses" not only surpassed all marketers' forecasts, but after the release of the film they continue to grow.

The dissatisfaction of the audience could be attributed to a reasonable number of rebuts exceeding all facets: recently, only "Star Wars" has tired in earnest. However, the new "Hunters", or rather "Hunters", look more advantageous against such a background than many.We have already discussed the crisis of ideas in Hollywood more than once - from a hypothesis it has turned into an urgent problem, which they are trying to tackle on different fronts. Paul Fig, although he shot a reboot with a lot of references, nevertheless, he turned out, if not ideal, but more than an independent film. Of course, all the key plot points, as befits a rebut, are in place: the institution from which the main characters are kicked out, the start of their business, the fourth participant suddenly appears, the fight against ghosts in public, the comic scene in the restaurant, the final battle - all this is there. And even Lizun was not forgotten. As before, there are four hunters. As before, they are predominantly physicists, driving around in a classic car with a brand logo on the side. As before, they go to work like a holiday.

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In the case of this reboot, just one gender swap has redirected the film's plot in a new direction. Instead of Pete, Ray, Egon and Winston, here are Erin, Abby, Holtzman and Patty. Parapsychologists of 2016 are fighting on the screen not only with ghosts, but also for the right to do what they love. If the first "Hunters" were extremely politicized, then the new "Hunters" have an important social message. Physicist colleagues make their dreams come true, fight the label of “scammers” and, despite the lack of funding, go ahead, simply because they believe in their life's work. Let everyone around them laugh, but they are confident in their strengths and calculations. Exactly this image of a woman who has to prove her professional worth is a huge victory for the film.

The new Ghostbusters are an ode to women's liberation. Erin Gilbert gives up an unloved but prestigious business in order to do work at the call of her heart. For decades, women on the screen and in life have sacrificed themselves for the sake of others, unable to do what they themselves want. Today, more than ever, we can say with confidence: if we do something, then because you love, and not because someone forced it on you. Of course, the circumstances are different. However, when it comes to choosing between prestige and a lifelong cause, it's time to leave the former in the past for the latter.

Family is incredibly important to Fig, and he talks about it in every film he makes. Only not the one that we got at birth, but the one that we create for ourselves, gaining friends and colleagues. In real life, he himself has amassed a whole gang of comedians who regularly appear in his films. Like Judd Apatow in his day, Paul Feig has formed a generation of comedy around him, focusing, fortunately for everyone, on women. Likewise, hunters not only save the world, but first of all save themselves - not only from unloved work, but also from loneliness and misunderstanding of others.

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Everyone in the new Hunters family is people who know what it means to be restless. Erin and Abby, from childhood, endured the ridicule of their peers, and then flew out of their universities with a bang. Their partner Holtzman is only on the surface cheerful and ready to flirt in any situation. In the film, there are only slight hints of her sexual orientation, but the director nevertheless confirmed after the fact that Holtzman is a lesbian. It is no coincidence that at the end she makes a heartbreaking toast about how she never managed to find people close in spirit. After all, the character of Kevin's secretary (Chris Hemsworth) is, of course, playing with the secretary stereotype and a nod to sexism in the original film, but in the case of The Huntresses, the shape-shifting trope goes further. Dumb Kevin is not fired from his job, although he does not know how to use the phone. Hemsworth's hero is a clear illustration of love for one's neighbor just like that, and not for some kind of merit, because he is part of the family and a common cause.

Ghostbusters is more than just a reboot built on nostalgia and fanaticism. Fig shot even if in some places and formulaic, but funny and in a sense independent film.The director and his heroines managed to preserve the main thing - the feeling of delight from the film, on which they all worked together. This does not mean that "Huntresses" turned out to be perfect - unfortunately, the framework of modern blockbusters makes itself felt in a lot of plot details that could have been done better. Critics also point out that even Figo could not do without racial stereotypes - which is especially disappointing given how much hate Leslie Jones had to experience after the movie was released. One thing is for sure - we would have called these hunters right away if a wild but cute ghost knocked on our wall.

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