Two weeks ago, I wrote a post about the importance of being intellectual, and doing more in the arts than having fun.
Today's post is about how I'm a hypocrite. Or balance. Or how I saw the new, female Ghostbusters last night and loved it, even though it wasn't the most intellectual film in the world.
Guys. Ghostbusters so much fun. There are going to be people who are purists who are going to knock it down just because it isn't the original. And there are going to be people who are straight up sexist and say that it's bad because it has four women as the leads. And you're going to have the pretentious "I only go to see arthouse cinema" assholes who won't like it because it's a studio movie.
That's all dumb. Because it is such a fun movie. It's not going to change the way you see the world. It doesn't have much to say about the human condition. But I had a great time watching it, and it's funny, and Paul Feig is a beautifully feminist director.
I guess, like all things, fun versus intellectual is all about moderation. And I've probably been going in way too hard on the intellectual side. As great as the movies shown at film festivals are, sometimes it's nice to have a movie that is just a good time.
That doesn't mean that you should have to shut your brain off to watch it. At no point should anyone have to do that. If you have to stop thinking critically in order to enjoy it, then the writer has failed at the basics of storytelling, and that's not interesting for anyone. And there are some movies that are just that dumb, or treat women that badly, or have such gaping plot holes that you can't choose to ignore them, and they're terrible.
But once in a while, it's okay to just have fun at a movie, and enjoy the special effects, and some of the best comedic actresses working today, and the new Ghostbusters is an excellent film with which to do that.