Is anyone still afraid of a Ghostbusters reboot?
For what has seemed to be an eternity, headlines have been dominated by all the hate towards the female-centric Ghostbusters reboot. Why? Is it because they’ve replaced Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson with a group of female comedic actors? It is because popular perception is that this film will replace the 1984 original film? No, it is due to a level of irrationality that no movie has had to endure in recent memory. How can anyone make a judgement on this film with having seen the final product?
The trailer does offer some insight into what the final product might end up being. When the first trailer dropped, it was vilified as being both confusing, clunky, and offered a sporadic look at the ghosts. Even Melissa McCarthy said how confused she was with some of the choices that Feig made when cutting the first trailer. Immediately, the growing legion of reboot haters began to pummel Paul Feig, Leslie Jones, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mckinnon, and Melissa McCarthy on social media. How dare they even assume they could attempt such a layered and intricate film as Ghostbusters! What were they thinking? Then the second trailer was released two days ago.
The second trailer offered a far in-depth look into what this film could end up being that the first trailer. It offered some laugh out loud moments, CGI Ghosts, and briefly showcased the dynamic that this new Ghostbusters has. Immediately, the hoard of haters began to question their initial feelings towards the film. The tone on social media went from pure disgust to pure wonder. Could Ghostbusters be decent? Did Paul Feig work his magic once again? Then a new International trailer dropped today.
The 2nd International trailer goes even further in-depth than the second domestic trailer. It offered even more laugh out loud moments, showcased the team dynamic even more, and we got our first glimpse at Rowan (the villain in the new Ghostbusters). The tone on social media shifted from wonder to perhaps (as in perhaps this movie is great). Could this be occurring? Could this film that has been the focus of such vitriol, turn out to be the surprise hit of the summer?
Hold on a second! Before we begin crowning Ghostbusters either the best or worst film of all time, we need to realize that we know as much about this movie now as we did when the project was first announced. Yes, we’ve seen the trailers. Yes, the film is looking better than the first trailer indicated. However, it would be irrational of anyone to make a judgement simply based on a few images, just as it’s irrational to make a judgement simply on personal bias.