By Jim Foote
Also, I find it imperative to put the following Disclaimer with my words; what I say here is my opinion and mine alone (unless others come up and say they agree). I'm not trying to say you should like or dislike it, nor am I trying to say you should or shouldn't watch it. What you do with your time and money is up to you. However, this idea of what I'm allowed to "hate on" or not... it's stopping right here.
I present the first piece of evidence, the trailer. Watch it.
It's a shit trailer all around. Even Melissa McCarthy admitted as such. They've repeatedly said this is not a continuation of the existing universe or movies, yet the first thing this trailer does is remind you of the previous timeline. It's so confusing. They are clearly trying to piggy back off the popularity of the previous films. If you really wanted to reference it, the right way would've been to say something like, "30 years ago... a beloved classic was made," or something to that effect. What did they do? "Four scientists..."
First, there were no FOUR scientists. Winston was not a scientist. He was a guy looking for a steady paycheck, ready to believe anything you said. Secondly, by doing that, you're directly hoping to capitalize and jump off the previous films popularity and their fans. That's a very important thing, the fans. I've heard many defenders say they didn't make this movie for the previous fans. They made it for the new generation. That's fine, but it's bullshit. It's just not true.
But playing devil's advocate, let's say it is true. Let's say they're trying to reach the younger crowd. Well, then it's plain ol' bad writing. In the trailer, when Leslie Jones smacks the ghost possession out of McCarthy, she screams, "The power of penny compels you!" Let me ask you... who would get that joke? Who would even know where it was from? Oh... that's right. The older crowd would get it because the older crowd would remember The Exorcist. Most of the younger fans, this NEW generation, wouldn't be able to tell you where, "the power of Christ compels you," even comes from. And to further kick the writer down, as she slaps McCarthy, you see the ghost leave her. Then she slaps her again.
There's nothing in this trailer that's really... good. The only thing people seem to enjoy or not immediately go, "wow that's terrible," was Slimer. With the addition of Slimer, the same logos as before, and a remixed version of the original theme song, it's clear they are piggy backing off the same thing.
Now maybe that's a good thing. Plenty of remakes have done the same, used the same type of strategy, and fared pretty decently. With that, though, comes the judgment and criticism of a remake. Plenty will say it's unfair to compare the two, the remake existing in its own world. Even though they do exist in their own world, when you take an existing property and use the name and fanbase, you must live with the endless comparisons. It's natural. You can't take the good (or benefits) and push away the bad (and drawbacks).
The effects don't make me think, "wow, look how awesome this is!" They make me think of Ghost Ship or Haunted Mansion. You know... the Eddie Murphy one (who was originally supposed to be in the original Ghostbusters)? Heck, the effects of the original hold up quite well. The original doesn't rely on the effects to sell the movie. They blend in and enhance the story, but if you look at the trailer and marketing for the new one (so far), it's effects up the ass. We don't care about these characters. Lest I forget of course they do the exact same thing in the original, the black character is the one who latches on at the end because she "knows" this city. Who is she, Green Arrow? I'm not about to raise whether they're being racist or not, because frankly it doesn't matter. They're clearly following yet another aspect of the original. Yet another reason you can't not compare the two.
I know a lot of people online have used some pretty harsh words, dropping c-bombs and wishing awful things on the cast and crew. But that's not a Ghostbusters thing. It's not even a women bashing thing. It's an internet thing. The internet is a scary place sometimes, full of people with no filter and no governing body. Anyone can say anything they want TO whomever they want. If you're using youtube comment sections, twitter, facebook or any open forum for your fan base or as some kind of guide of understanding... well let me break it to you, it's like going down the rabbit hole. There's a reason the bad shit, the sludge, the slime (see what I did there) lives mostly with people who can sit safely behind a computer.
That being said, that does NOT mean anyone pointing out this all women cast is pretty much a gimmick and or something to be held up as something people can either love or hate... it doesn't mean it's from a place of sexism or only coming from people without any understanding. If you're going to tell me they didn't change the role of Janine from Annie Potts to Thor himself isn't a gimmick change to just reverse it all... well you may be right, but you can't snap at me or anyone else if we don't think it's at the very least, a little suspicious.
And before any of you come at me, trying to call me a sexist or turn this into a woman or man thing, get off your high horses and actually see this for what it is, because I'm going to rock your little world.
As soon as the reboot was announced, it was met with hate. That was BEFORE the new cast was even announced. Rumors had it being Seth Rogen, Chris Pratt, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, etc. There were so many different possibilities, but all of them had an unnecessary reboot at the helm. I stick by that assessment. Even after the cast was announced, there were rumors of another movie in this NEW universe, starring an all male team. I care about that about as much as I do this. I get people wanting to continue the Ghostbusters universe. But I don't get the idea of rebooting the entire thing. Not to forget, the three remaining 'Busters are all in line for cameos in the new movie. They could've easily done that, while passing the torch onto a new team of 'Busters. But they didn't. I don't get the decision making. Why even call it Ghostbusters?
Who wants to bet that ol' Dan wears his some kind of hat, further shilling some new product?
The problem is this idea if you don't like (or even hate) it, you're a misogynist hell bent on stopping women from movies! I'm not some Facebook warrior. I'm not someone trying to get this movie shelved and remain unreleased. I'm just a guy who hates the idea of a remake of one of my favorite movies, a virtual classic. It reads less like an actual movie and more of someone who bought action figures and decided they'd want to make their own adventure.
You can go watch it, if you really must. I won't. I'm done giving money to movies like this. I'll be at home, watching the original. I'll remember to toast to the original team, bustin' ghosts.
Unless they make a Twinkie joke. If they do, then damn them... damn them ALL TO HELL.