As I type, the official trailer on YouTube has currently 195,837 likes and 467,424 dislikes and if you scroll down the comments you’ll read things like “I think this trailer gave me cancer” and “Sony you ruined our childhood”. Hatred and general disappointment were spread all over Twitter and Facebook. So the question is why are people so upset about the new Ghostbusters movie? I tried to break it down into three arguments.
1. It’s a reboot
Ghostbusters is a cult classic. Doesn’t matter if you saw it in 1984 or yesterday if you’re in your 50s or in your 20s, everyone loves it. The cast, the humour, the super-catchy theme song, and the passionate fan base make this film one of the best-beloved of the 80s.
Reboots are risky and often perceived by the public as unnecessary, especially if the movie soon-to-be-rebooted is as iconic as Ghostbusters. Very few of them have been successful. It can have a new cast of talented actors, it can take place in a new era, it can have a new funny approach, but recreating the magic behind the original one is hard.
2. It’s an all-female reboot
Let’s get down to the “real problem” here. The main reason why people are so angry about this reboot is that it stars women. So, who ya gonna call this time around? Comedy actresses Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.
But apparently, the gender switch is unacceptable for some people out there. The question arises as to whether are we really gonna let sexists and misogynists decide if a film is worth-watching or not. I think we all know the answer already.
3. It’s an all-female reboot where the only black woman is not a scientist
Leslie Jones plays a black female Ghostbuster but unlike her co-stars who play three scientists, she plays an MTA employee. People are not so happy about this. The film had the potential to break one more stereotype, the sassy loud black friend, but it might have failed in that.
However, the actress doesn’t think the choice to give her the role of a subway worker instead of a scientist had something to do with racial stereotyping. She addressed the criticism on Twitter asking: “Why can’t a regular person be a Ghostbuster?” and adding “If they made me a scientist you would be mad at what type of scientist. Seriously it’s a fucking movie get over yourself.” So yeah, maybe we’ve been reading too much into this, or maybe not. At the end of the day, it all really comes down to one argument: haters gonna hate.
In a recent interview, director Paul Feig wished the public would stop criticising the film before its release.”The problem with the Internet is people pre-judge things. There are waves of comments that are pure misogyny, but there’s also a whole other group of people who have a problem that it’s a reboot. I get that, but the film hasn’t even come out yet. Give it a chance.”
Ghostbusters will be released in theatres July 15, 2016. I’ll definitely give it a chance. Will you?