Essay about The Movie ' Ghostbusters '

1409 Words Dec 5th, 2016 6 Pages
In the 2016 comedy film, Ghostbusters, four unexpected heroines work together to save the world from malevolent paranormal beings. Using science as their weapon, unlikely partners Erin Gilbert, Abby Yates, Jillian Holtzmann, and Patty Tolan join forces to defeat the woefully misunderstood mastermind behind all of the mischief, Rowan. This film has attracted a great deal of attention and controversy, and for what reason? The major stars of the movie are female. Many naysayers are outraged at the fact that the heros of the film are women, especially because in the original movie, the stars were predominantly male. The movie has become a huge hit with feminists, however, and the political statements made by the film are important to women. Ghostbusters is a step in the right direction for the film industry. One of the most imminent complaints about Ghostbusters is that the film is conducted through the female gaze. Typically in the industry, movies are filmed through the male gaze and are created exclusively to be pleasing to men. This usually ends up reducing female characters to sexual objects and accessories designed only to satisfy or help the male characters. Unfortunately, the film industry does not often portray a woman as an individual independent character, but portrays her instead only through her relevance to men. She is either a mother, sister, or a love interest, and could not stand on her own. She is there to give the male character what he needs to be…

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