In the most unexpected turn of events, the all-female remake of Ghostbusters has been named as the best cultural movie in 2016 according to The Guardian, claiming that the movie defined the year and even represented “a pop-culture proxy war against Clinton”.
In an article where The Guardian critics picked the most significant art and literature productions, critic Peter Bradshaw picked Ghostbusters remake as the most significant film of the year.
“If there is one film that holds a political key to understanding 2016, it is Ghostbusters: that funny, good-natured, easygoing female remake of the 1980s original,” he wrote.
The movie received rather mixed reviews, most saying it wasn’t an especially good remake of the cult movie from the 80s. It was also a box office disappointment and plans for a sequel were nixed. Even The Guardian gave the movie just 3 out of 5 stars when it came out, writing that it’s a “misfiring remake” and “given the stellar talent involved, one might have hoped for a little more ho-ho and a little less ho-hum.”
Despite all this, the newspaper saw it as the most significant 2016 cultural movie because it’s somehow associated with Hillary Clinton and the election.
“The movie, and the way it was received and viciously attacked online, told us something vital about the hive mind of the US’s reactionary right,” Bradshaw wrote.
He then asked: “Why on earth was there so much hate, real hate, directed at a comedy film?” The answer, according to him, is that this was “a pop-culture proxy war against Clinton, a dummy run.”
“The trolls didn’t want a female remake of Ghostbusters, or the US presidency. The Ghostbusters hate campaign was John the Baptist to Trump’s non-Jesus. Only men belong in Ghostbusters; or the White House,” he added.