The moment Sony announced they were working on a new Ghostbusters film, the reaction from fans was anything but middle of the line. People whether all for it, or vehemently against it. Fans are gun shy with reboots, and we really can’t blame them. So fast forward to today and the first trailer for the new movie, which features an all female main cast, is revealed and my reaction was very much on one side of the scale: I don’t like it. Now let me explain why I feel the director crossed the streams. But before we continue, let the Ghostbusters provide you with this quick disclaimer about crossing the streams.
Okay, now that we have that out of the way lets break down our thoughts.
Call me old school or perhaps it was that the originals came out when I was very young, but the ghosts in the trailer didn’t scare me, in fact they seemed to go out of their way to make them circusy. The very first scene which is clearly meant to duplicate that famous library scene that started it all back in the 80s came across as a kids comedy spook fest with a ‘Scary Movie’ style spoof on The Exorcist girl puking her guts out.
Then when we see the ghosts walking through downtown, one looks like a circus man on stilts. They are definitely no state puff or Gozer.
Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) and Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) are a pair of unheralded authors who write a book positing that ghosts are real. A few years later, Gilbert lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia University, but her book resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia. When ghosts invade Manhattan, Gilbert reunites with Yates, teaming up with a nuclear engineer, Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), and a subway worker, Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones), to save the world from a mysterious evil and powerful demon known as Rowan (Neil Casey) who can exercise control over human forms.
The plot seems pretty straight forward and in general I don’t have any issues with it.
This has to be the most contentious sticking point for most fans of the franchise but the one area that bothered us the least. Yes the original cast was male and yes the new cast is all female, but so what? The film plays the same game the original did with 4 male leads and the hot female everyone fawned over (Sigourney Weaver). Now we have 4 females and the hot male that everyone fawns over (Chris Hemsworth).
Perhaps its just that Sony put together a crappy trailer. Films have sunk before they even aired due to crappy marketing (John Carter) including the newest Star Trek film whose trailer really turned off a lot of people (myself included). Knowing that trailers are not always a true reflection of the film, I am going to give it the benefit of the doubt.
Does it ruin my childhood? Hell no. If I had any feeling that it might I simply wouldn’t go see it.
The director might have crossed the streams with the ghosts and the cast but despite what the original Ghostbusters said about doing that, when they did it themselves this happen: