Paul Feig’s reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise has been something of a controversial subject – particularly online, where scores of enraged fanboys have expressed their distaste for an all-female team of paranormal investigators by bombarding Feig and his stars with death threats and mysoginistic epithets. I mean, c’mon guys.
While Hollywood has been all aboard the remake train for the past couple of decades, there seems to be something about Ghostbusters that has sparked an outrageous outpouring of rampant sexism – and this latest trailer probably won’t do much to stem the tide.
— Ghostbusters (@Ghostbusters) May 18, 2016
Feig has assembled a group of extremely funny ladies here, and although I’ve soured on Melissa McCarthy lately, grouping her with Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones instead of putting her at the center of everything should hopefully make her a bit more tolerable. But this trailer, while admittedly better than the first, doesn’t do much for me.
Most of the jokes here just feel flat and uninspired, though I’ll readily admit the production design and special effects – particularly on the ghosts themselves – look absolutely stellar. I’m hoping that the marketing we’ve seen up to this point is an inaccurate reflection of the finished product. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time that a film turned out to be much better than the trailers indicated.
I’ve long been in favor of the general idea of this film. Rebooting the franchise with a new cast seemed like a much better idea than trying to create a sequel, especially with Bill Murray’s reluctance to be involved and the tragic death of Harold Ramis. Chances are, the long-gestating Ghostbusters 3 would have been a disaster, no matter how much fanboys hoped it would finally come to fruition. Instead, we’re getting this film, with this cast – like it or not.
And if you don’t like it, that’s fine. If the trailers don’t work for you and leave you less inclined to see the film, that’s totally understandable. But if you’re pissed off about the Ghostbusters reboot solely because the roles have been recast with women, and you’re going out of your way to express your anger about this fact – then I doubt most people would want to sit next to you in the theatre for this one anyway.
For the rest of us reasonable and open-minded folks, Ghostbusters will hit theaters on July 15.
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