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Hey, it’s General Tanaka! Tanaka/Maru is my new favorite bromance of the comic.

We went and saw the new Ghostbusters, which I’ve been looking forward to since it was announced. I know people had been up in arms about un-funny trailers, and a lack of continuation of the original films’ canon, but none of that really bothered me. It’s very hard to make a good ‘comedy movie’ trailer, because you don’t want to give away all the best jokes, and a lot of funny jokes require a good set up. Sure, it’s possible to make a really funny trailer, but it’s not easy, so the fact that I wasn’t rolling on the floor from the trailers didn’t bother me. You only had to look at the cast and crew behind this movie to know it was filled with a bunch of very funny, collaborative comedians. And, SURE, they could have put this in the same canon as the original and thought of some fun, creative way for there to be a new group of Ghostbusters getting trained by the original cast, but I think that might have brought about a bloated cast, and rebooting the universe means they don’t have to carry any canon baggage.

And the new cast is great, I laughed through the whole movie! Mileage may vary, as I’m admittedly someone who laughs easily and frequently, but I felt that for every one joke that didn’t work, at least three did. The humor is more improv and wacky than the orignal’s dry and snarky humor, but that doesn’t make it less funny. My biggest problem with the movie is that some of the editing feels sloppy. I was concerned when they tossed up the GHOSTBUSTERS title and started playing the classic Ray Park Jr theme, and then faded it out as soon as the lyrics started. I mean, either fade it out before the lyrics or at least have the first “Who you gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS!” and then cut it off. Fading it out with “If there’s something strange…” is just a weird choice. The ending of the film is also a little weak in that it kind of loses track of what the characters are doing and why, but only in a subsequent viewing sort of way. And the main villain is never intimidating, he literally turns into a cartoon at one point. But it’s hard to fault the film much considering how highly entertaining I found Ghostbusters 2016 to be, despite all the pre-release negativity. Overall, it’s a strong first film in what’s clearly intending to be a continuing franchise, and I’m excited for the inevitable deluge of sequels!

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  • Turul

    Oh, snap. Never insult the FARMERRRS.

  • LisaCat

    Well I, for one, think their face paint is pretty 😉

    Also, woo! Ghostbusters was a solid comedy, I thought :) I had a really good time, laughed quite a bit, and tho a few elements fell a little flat I feel like the main cast had great chemistry. Now that they’ve set them up and got the personalities sorted out I feel like they’ve opened things up to go with a more compelling villain in the sequel, without fear of him overshadowing the heroes (which is sometimes a problem, since a well-written villain can really steal scenes!)

    …I will, however, never be able to watch the Thor movies again without substituting Kevin in for the Odinson and cracking up at random moments >.>

    • The Other Mike

      “…I will, however, never be able to watch the Thor movies again without
      substituting Kevin in for the Odinson and cracking up at random moments
      >.>”
      Part of the reason I bought the new Ecto-1 Lego set (which includes Kevin) was to do some headswapping with a Thor minifig…

  • Flaming Squirrel

    Face paint? What face paint? We are racoons! FAAAARRRRMMMERRR racoons!

    As for Ghostbusters, the thing that turned me off the most about it was SJWs that are turning this into a feminist movement. Seriously, I don’t care if the cast is all women, but I *do* care if a bunch of hairtriggered idiots call me sexist and misogynistic just because I didn’t think the trailer looked good. Maybe the movie’s good, maybe it isn’t, but they have thoroughly turned me off of it. Maybe I’ll see it in a few years, when it’s in the Walmart bargain bin, but I’m not shelling out my money to see it in theaters, especially when there are other movies I want to see.

    • Kid Chaos

      Dissing the farmers, Tanaka? Not cool! [BTW, I saw the new Ghostbusters, and I liked it! I would recommend it everyone, especially for that end credits sequence. Who knew Chris Hemsworth could dance like that? 😜]

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      After putting some more thought into it, I think I’d rank new GB next to the 2009 JJ Abrams Star Trek reboot. Both films are fun movies with a lot of nostalgic visuals and a great new cast of actors. But on subsequent viewings, the stories don’t hold up or make much sense, and the character arcs, if any, feel poorly done. And both reboots are fundamentally missing what made their predecessors great. I feel like anyone who hates new GB should make it a point to hate all reboots. Granted, that’s probably a good position to take.

      • Flaming Squirrel

        On a side note, I went to see Tarzan today. Mediocre movie overall, but it did manage to do the impossible once: it made Samuel L. Jackson the worst part of the movie (INMYOPINIONDON’TKILLME)

        • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

          George Lucas tried to do that with the Star Wars prequels and almost succeeded, if not for Hayden Christensen.

  • Sunwu

    Maru: Look can we just get down to buisness and defeat the Huns?

    • Kid Chaos

      Did they send me daughters when I asked for sons? 👺

      • Flaming Squirrel

        Disney references? Really? You dweebs are the saddest bunch I’ve ever met.

        • Kid Chaos

          But you can bet, before we’re through; Flaming Squirrel, I’ll make a man commenter out of you! 😜

      • Sunwu

        “I know I lost the daimyo’s daughter and you hate Peasants!!!”

        • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

          Yeah, it’s not like Tanaka’s performance has been perfect!

  • EBeth

    That’s it. Before this is all over, I want to see Tanaka tied down & his face forcibly painted.

    • SKy

      By Hyakushou.

      • Flaming Squirrel

        He done good

        • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

          Great typography!

          • Flaming Squirrel

            Who knew FARMERS!!! had such neat handwriting?

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      maybe some cute butterflies on the cheeks.

      • EBeth

        And the clown lips – perfect! <3

      • Hfar

        Saving this.

  • foducool

    bruh, don’t diss the war paints

  • Xinef

    Shonen’s expression in panel 2… (9_9)

  • Hfar

    “Excuse me sir, but I’m pretty certain you’ve exceeded your douche quota for the week.”

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      He has not yet begun to douche!

  • Da’Zlein

    If your soldiers were worth a damn, then why do the peasants have to fight?

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      If we’re being technical, it’s because the soldiers weren’t there at the time.

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