I really can't stand these types of things that try to seem smarter than they are.
What is the movie about? How is this even a question? It's about a group of scientists that develop new technology to deal with a previously undealt with problem... exterminating ghosts.
I don't agree with the Seinfeld comparison at all, nor with the "no arc for any of the characters." Venkman is clearly more of a con-man than a full-on believer at the beginning of the movie and by the end he is willing to sacrifice his life to save New York. The same can be said for Winston. He joins the group simply to "get a paycheck" and by the end, he's a believer.
Again, these types of things are just asinine. Not every movie has to have some underlying hidden tone or theme. Somewhere along the line everyone decided that movies have to be deeper or have some profound message or idea behind them. It's frankly ridiculous. Movies can simply have their simple plot, comedy, drama, etc. and still be excellent films.
This video isn't some deep, thought-provoking, profound thing. It's asinine, in my personal opinion. (In no way attacking the OP for posting it, just sharing my opinion)
Somewhere along the line? You mean since the begining of *film*. This isn't a new concept.
Fair enough. You don't find it interesting. I find it interesting on a cinematic level.
By the way, most movies, 99.9% of them(the good ones) have theme and subtext. Ghostbusters 2 does. If that isn't up your alley, cool. But that's why Ghostbusters is unique. It circumvents the regular movie "rules". Most time, critics notice these sorts of things. Ghostbusters was successful with both critics and audiences despite having no theme or subtext or character arc.
I disagree also re: arc, Venkman has zero arc. He's the same man at the end. He's the same man at the begining of GB2 that he is on GB1. Plot is not an arc. Things happening to a character is not an arc.
Anyways. Agree or disagree. I think it's an interesting, thought provoking discussion(or had the potential to be)
Here's what I meant by the Seinfeld comparison. Seinfeld had a rule that each episode had to follow: No Learning, No Hugging, No Message. I.e characters don't come to some vast understanding of the world and remain unchanged by episode end.