Getting Deep About Ghostbusters.

Have y’all seen the new Ghostbusters?!!
I’ve seen it twice already. I love it.
Everyone on the team is great. Jillian is awesome. I laughed a lot. The ghosts were spooky. The science part was exciting.
I just had a great time with this movie and it’s, without a doubt, one of my favourites this year.
Today I wanna talk about a very specific element of the movie, which I thought was very smart: the parallel between Rowan and the Ghostbusters.
Now, I have talked about parallels before. I find it mentally stimulating because they make me think about what it is that makes similar people branch apart, or how different situations can converge.
So, of course, after an action-comedy (that aced both those genres) I come out thinking abut what makes people the way they are.
I’m going to be talking about plot details in the movie, so if you don’t wanna know look no further! It doesn’t give that much away, though!
For similarities between them there are a few on the surface: an interest in ghosts, knowledge on ghosts, using the same technology because he had Abby and Erin’s book.
Not only this, but when the Ghostbusters talked to Rowan, the movie made sure we knew that they had similar experiences in their lives. Rowan complains to them about being an outsiders, being bullied and made fun of all his life, something we see several times during the film. Earlier, Erin had confessed she was bullied for years in school for her interest in the supernatural and the whole team is mocked by the media.
The point is that we see that both parties have been hurt by others and in this face-off, the parallels are easier to see. My philosophy is rusty but it’s almost Viktor Frankl-ian to me, a “you choose your response to a situation yourself” kind of deal.
As we see this group of people who have, in some ways, been rejected from society I propose that the movie has the power to ask us to reflect on how we respond to the negativity that comes our way.
On one hand we have Rowan, who took all the terrible things people said and did and turned his experience into hate and destructive vengeance.
Meanwhile, the Ghostbusters did something constructive with their experience. The dedicated themselves to science, to answering the questions humans still don’t understand, and to using their skills to help others. By avoiding the harbouring of hate, they focused on their work, something outside themselves and their immediate needs (though stemming from their interests and experiences). With that, they were able to save the city.
From my perspective, the movie served as a reminder of how self-destrucive being hung-up can be and how helpful it can be to focus on something outside yourself. It got Abby and Erin a book on ghosts, Jillian built some amazing ghost-catching tech, Patty’s history knowledge helped get things done, and they all had a team to count on by the end of the film.

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