Ghostbusters and Sexism

Ok…I’ve been reading a LOT on the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot where a great number of film critics have the audacity to refer to anyone who dislikes it as being sexist or a misogynist.

What I haven’t seen is anyone calling this movie out on its own horseshit and using the all female cast as an excuse to make vagina jokes at its own expense in the guise of comedy. Which is way, WAY more sexist. And on top of that, hacky as hell and NOT FUNNY.

:28 “That stuff went everywhere, in EVERY crack, very hard to wash out…” Get it? She means her vagina. She got slime in her vagina. That’s the joke.

:53 *in walks Hemsworth being all sexy “Hello, I’m here about the receptionist job” “Hi! You’re hired!” Get it? He’s hot. Reverse sexism. That’s the joke.

1:18 *she licks the gun Get it? Phallic reference. That’s the joke.

1:25 *she jumps into the crowd and nobody catches her “Okay, I don’t know if it was a race thing or a lady thing, but I’m mad as hell.” Get it? Cause this one’s a twofer! It’s addressing the fact she’s of African American descent AND a woman! WHOA!!! Comedy!

1:44 *upon seeing the Ghostbusters logo with boobs on it “Is it the boobs you don’t like? Cause I can make them bigger.” Get it? It has boobs! THEY have boobs! Hilarity!

Look, there is nothing I loved more as a kid than Ghostbusters, but I’m a grown ass man, nostalgia means nothing to me anymore. I don’t care if you want to make an all new Ghostbusters film, go nuts. But the fact of the matter is, this film is using the all female cast merely as an excuse to make stupid quips which do nothing besides draw attention to the fact you’re watching an all female cast as if it was some sort of circus act. These aren’t jokes and this sort of writing does nothing to strengthen its credibility. In fact, it has the exact opposite effect. If this film had any confidence in what it was doing, the trailer wouldn’t feel the need to draw attention to the fact the cast is female and instead would just focus on whatever the hell the plot is supposed to be. There are numerous films with strong female leads that don’t feel the need to draw attention to the fact you’re watching a film with a woman in the lead role. If something is well written, it shouldn’t constantly need to reference gender. It’s that simple.

Absurd self referential sexism aside, the production of this Ghostbusters movie has been an absolute mess. From Bill Murray not wanting anything to do with it, Ivan Reitman backing down from directing, Harold Ramis dying…then on top of that, completely retooling the entire thing to be an all female cast film and Sony bringing in cameos of some of the original cast to try and draw in the nostalgia factor, it’s not looking good.

Are there people who won’t go see Ghostbusters because the cast is all female? As stupid as that sounds, I’m sure there will be, but this seriously just looks like an unfunny dumpster heap of a film. If you really want to cry misogyny though, you might want to rally around a movie that doesn’t have its cast cracking wise about their vaginas like hack comedians from Evening at the Improv.

Choose a better battle.

-Sock Talk Jon-

Film Review: Chappie

“Burn it to ash!”

I would like to preface this review by saying I am a Neil Blomkamp fan and one of the few people who enjoyed Elysium. It’s a bit heavy handed sure, but the subject matter at hand is handled well, the villain was great and it looked spectacular. THAT being said, Chappie is by far one of the absolute worst things I have seen in years. Possibly ever.

Chappie fails on every conceivable level imaginable. Narratively its so all over the map that little to nothing coming out of anyone’s mouth makes any sense whatsoever. I saw this film with 3 other people and we found ourselves laughing so loudly at things which clearly weren’t supposed to be funny, but we found hysterical because of how unbelievably terrible they were. It’s so weird watching this film try and get you to feel anything about the robot, because as soon as it implants some sort of heavy handed moral message (by Ninja of Die Antwoord no less), it immediately negates it with something so counter intuitive that it makes you wonder if anyone was paying attention at all to the editing or script, or if it was all just on the spot improvisation.

Speaking of Die Antwoord, let’s talk about that for a second…why the HELL are they even in this? Playing themselves no less?! Any time the South African hip hop duo are on screen (which is a lot btw), all you hear are their songs blasting in the background, while they wear clothing with their own logo on it. It’s so fucking mind boggling that it makes your head want to explode. And even worse is they play an integral part of the robot’s moral upbringing, which involves robbing, slang teaching and leaving him to be beaten and tortured by local thugs…then proceed to tell him they love him, while they all but throw their website up on the screen…this whole movie is a gigantic, nonsensical shit show of such epic proportions.

Again, I loved District 9, liked Elysium, but everything about Chappie (minus the visuals) is terrible. This movie is a like a kid with a bunch of toys and a camcorder making up grandiose nonsense for the sake of spectacle; muttering unintelligible gibberish and bashing action figures into one another, while their parents tell them what a great job they’re doing.

If anything, see Chappie to witness the most unintentionally hilarious film ever made about Die Antwoord and a robot that can use a PS4 to create consciousness transfer technology, but can’t tell the difference between murder and sleeping.

Just…the worst.

-Sock Talk Jon-