Ever since the project was first announced, the all-female reboot of ‘Ghostbusters’ was met with great skepticism from fans of the original movie. When the first trailer was revealed earlier this year, it quickly became the most hated video in the history of YouTube. Now that the movie’s just a couple weeks away from being released and more trailers and TV ads have bombarded the media, how are you feeling about it? Do you plan to see it?
Of course, a lot (perhaps most?) of the hatred for the trailer is just pure, unadulterated sexism. The comments on the YouTube page are an utter horrorshow of the worst of humanity. Some of the tamer examples include:
“Women Ghostbusters?! What a waste of a good franchise.”
“They are all jokes for females. They make no sense to male movie goers.”
“Screw the feminists. Movies’ not gonna be a hot unless you got the original male characters.”
“A lot of the people liking the trailer are feminsts and feminazis liking it only because there are women in it.”
“If they’re going to give the franchise a sex change they should’ve named it “Bust Ghosters.” Well done Sony.”
“ALL THIS MOVIE IS AN ATTACK ON MAN AND MASCULINITY WE SHOULD DO THE SAME WITH THIS LIKE THE BILLBOARD OF XMEN APOCALYPSE THEY SHOULD BAN THIS OUTRAGEOUS MAN-PHOBIA DEMONSTRATION!!!”
Personally, I don’t have a problem with the casting. These are all funny women. Nor do I have a problem with the fact that the movie is a reboot rather than a direct ‘Ghostbusters 3’ sequel with the original cast (or what’s left of them). I think ‘Ghostbusters II’ proved pretty conclusively that bringing back the original cast and crew isn’t a guarantee of quality or success, and all of the ideas that Dan Aykroyd has pitched over the years for a third ‘Ghostbusters’ movie have sounded downright terrible.
What’s more problematic for me is that the trailers to date have all looked like a beat-for-beat remake of the original film with the same plot and most of the same jokes. It just doesn’t look very funny.
On the other hand, I like Paul Feig as a director and I want to give him the benefit of the doubt. He and Melissa McCarthy have made three very funny movies together. Their last, ‘Spy’, was really hilarious and proved that Feig can rise to the challenge of making a big action comedy. I want to believe that perhaps this one has just suffered some bad trailers that don’t sell it well. (The early trailers for ‘Spy’ were likewise pretty awful.)
For the time being, I’m trying to be cautiously optimistic for the film, but if the reviews are overly negative I’ll probably skip it in theaters and wait for it to show up on cable.