Spoiler Alert: There are spoilers in this post. Read at your own peril.
So, I guess you can tell from my title that I LOVED the new GHOSTBUSTERS. I loved it on so many levels. First off, it was a really fun, well-put together movie with some super great performances by four very funny women. Yay.
Secondly, it was a very SMART remake of the original with great in-jokes and references to the 1984 version including cameos by Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Annie Potts, Ernie Hudson and, in the credits, a great moment with the inimitable Sigourney Weaver. What a treat!
Thirdly, this film is a bastion of feminist statements and it does more to break the glass ceiling for women's roles in Hollywood than SALT or GI JANE or LUCY. And this is really the point that I want to explore. How casting four women in these iconic male roles flips the script in such a revolutionary way, it is overwhelming to me!
I was 13 when the original Ghostbusters was released. It never occurred to me at the time or since then that those four characters - or that any of them, really - could be played by women. That they could be female roles!