It’s back. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for CinemaCon)
I don’t know if you guys have heard, but there is a new “Ghostbusters” movie coming out. There’s only one problem, though. It has GIRLS IN IT. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!? GIRLS… WEARING PROTON PACKS! SO GROSS!
This has been the general sentiment surrounding the new “Ghostbusters” movie since the cast was announced in January of 2015. Two-Thousand-FIFTEEN! Think of everything the internet has flipped out over in the last 18 months.
It feels like a near civil war that broke out in February 2015 over #TheDress was a million internet years ago and the Ghostbuster Truther movement predates that. What a time to be alive.
In early March of 2016, the Ghostbusters trailer was released on the internet in the same way that goat was “released” into the T-Rex cage in Jurassic Park. Perhaps in your casual browsing of the internet, you stumbled across someone taking personal offense to it because apparently, everyone did.
Since its debut, the trailer has become the most disliked video in the history of YouTube, racking up nearly 1,000,000 thumbs down — that is a substantial digital chorus of boos. Even by 2016 standards, where there is a different pop-cultural occurrence to rage against every twelve minutes, the sustained hatred surrounding the existence new “Ghostbusters” is staggering.
That being said, the trailer missed the mark big time. Even the director of the original “Ghostbusters” movies — you know, THE GOOD ONES — Ivan Reitman agreed with that when he spoke with Mashable about the backlash.
“I think we got off to a bad start,” Reitman said. “It wasn’t so much that the trailer was bad or terrible. In its minute and a half, it couldn’t represent what the movie actually is.”
As much as the trailer wasn’t good, it wasn’t all that bad either… it just was. It happened. It confirmed the rumors that a new “Ghostbusters” movie was coming out. It looked surprisingly like the parts of “Ghostbusters” that we love, smushed with elements of what we hate about “Ghostbusters II,” combined with the “audacity” of having women star as the titular Ghostbusters instead of Dan Aykroyd’s old self.
As it turns out, the new version of “Ghostbusters” isn’t a sequel or even a continuation of the original “Ghostbusters” movies; it’s a full on reboot. It takes place in a fictional New York completely separate from the NYC that was saved in the original films. So if it is a completely different movie, why aren’t we blaming Sony Pictures Entertainment for cutting a bad trailer and calling it a day? Plenty of movies have bad trailers and wind up being great, and vice versa. What makes “Ghostbusters” the exception?
Therein lies the problem with nostalgia-fueled projects: It’s not exactly how we remember it or how we imagined it could be, so therefore it sucks.
Based on the track records of every single person involved, this movie should be as anticipated as “Avengers III.” This movie includes the stars of “Bridesmaids” in Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, the two standouts of “Saturday Night Live” in Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, and Thor. If Chris “God of Thunder” Hemsworth takes fifth billing in this movie and he is fine with it, so should be the rest of us mere mortals. “Ghostbusters” is directed by Paul Feig, who is has given us “Freaks & Geeks,” “The Office,” “Arrested Development,” “Bridesmaids,” and “The Heat.” Wearing any other uniform than the adult beige onesie associated with this rebooted franchise, we’d be calling on this super team to represent the Eastern Conference against Durant and the Warriors.
This kind of wagon-circling usually gets used when some the legacy of a beloved property is threatened, but what legacy is there to protect? “Ghostbusters II” is not good, even when viewed through the ever-forgiving lens of nostalgia. If we were really concerned about sullying the good name of “Ghostbusters” the hate would have started with the movie that brought us a river made of slime and bad attitude that was running beneath the streets of New York.
Is it possible we wanted to reserve this specific busting ghosts for Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson so they could get their Sylvester Stallone-esque trot around the bases à la “Creed”? Probably not; name the most recent Dan Aykroyd movie you saw. If we wanted to support these guys in 2016, we would be.
I will be crossing the picket lines and seeing “Ghostbusters” this weekend and could go either way. Who knows, maybe it will be the suckiest suck that has ever sucked…
… Or maybe it will be fun.
My only goal is to hate it for the right reasons if I wind up hating it at all — not because there are new people sporting nostalgic laundry.
And if you do see it and hate it, hold tight… pretty sure Channing Tatum has a Ghostbusters movie coming out in 2018.