Ghostbusters is one of the greatest movies ever. That’s easy to say without hesitation. (G-g-g-ghost!) It’s by no means a perfect film, and some of the writing and pacing could be tightened up, but messing with greatness is always ill-advised. What Ghostbusters probably doesn’t need is a full-length documentary picking it apart piece by piece, theme by theme, but that’s what the above trailer is promoting. And honestly, I can’t wait to see it.
The film is called Spook Central, and it’s directed by someone who calls himself Ivo Shandor. (He was the insane architect who, according to the film, built 55 Central Park West, where all the madness takes place.) It looks to be in the same vein of hyper-criticism that the theory-heavy Room 237 brought to picking apart the meaning behind Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. There are a vast amount of differences between these two movies in the first place, and it seems like this kind of comparable format will just exploit how shallow a deeper look at Ghostbusters really is. I could spend a couple of hours reading Internet commenters tell me how they feel about the film, but there’s no way that would engage my curiosity like Spook Central might.
Admittedly, starting off with an in-depth view of what Lady Columbia’s shape was trying to sell us immediately sets a tone that comes across as paranoid, like “documentaries” such as Loose Change, and I can’t even tell if there’s a wink involved, or if this is supposed to be played as straight film theory. Of course, the frequent shots of characters smoking gets highlighted, as does sexual imagery and the role that food plays in the context of the film. We can probably expect Dana’s character to get dissected by a women’s studies major at some point.
Is there any truth behind these thoughts? Is it all bullshit, like Ghostbusters 3 rumors? I just hope it’s fun, regardless of what Ivan Reitman’s true purpose really was. The devil is always in the details.
The doc should be out sometime in September.