This website has been moralizing for six years now its central message that “every movie has a lesson.” As an educator, it is something that I firmly believe and stand by with every possible film, good or bad. I don’t think, in all of my years of movie-going, I have ever seen a more real, living and breathing example of the power and magic of my website’s theme than in the compelling and emotional new documentary “Life, Animated.” Winner of the documentary directing award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, a story like this is why I write. If that message speaks to you, go find “Life, Animated” immediately.
The success of a remake, reboot, or sequel is contingent upon matching the tone of the original work to the best of its ability. If a film gets that tone right, it can be a drastic revision full of changes and updates and still feel respectfully aware and in tune with the previous well-remembered greatness the new film is trying to emulate. I stand by that rationale and now bring that gauge to “Ghostbusters” and the wave of misguided hatred that follows it. I say misguided because the overprotective nostalgia and/or sexist gender complaints are false sources of this film’s problems.
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