So, the new all female reboot of the beloved [Ghostbusters (2016)](tag:32733) is exactly a year away, and many die-hard Ghostbuster fans are a little more than concerned. As we've seen with films like Dumb and Dumber To and 2012's Total Recall, it's not the best idea to mess with a classic, but this isn't always the case. With other films, such as Ocean's Eleven and The Italian Job, moviegoers saw that not every remake is a guaranteed critical flop, so why would fans be so quick to judge the new Ghostbusters movie?
If It Ain't Broke...
The Ghostbusters are a staple in pop culture history, so much so that fans of the franchise have been practically begging for a sequel, and sadly dreams of said sequel when news broke of Egon Spengler aka Harold Ramis' untimely passing. When it was announced that we were getting another movie in the form of a female-led reboot, the internet was set ablaze.
Often times, when something as cherished as Ghostbusters is seemingly thrown under the bus, many devoted fans cried foul. The "doomed" sequel is already well into production, and concern is rising among Ghostbuster enthusiasts, but I think that with the ensemble cast comprised of SNL cast members (current and former) and a well known comedienne, there's a chance that this movie isn't destined to fail, and here's why.
Paul Feig is Directing
Paul Feig is known for working on numerous critically acclaimed works including but not limited to:
- The Office
- Arrested Development
- Freaks and Geeks
- The Heat
It's obvious that he can write comedy, but balance that with story, which seems to be a good fit for the Ghostbusters. There also seems to be some chemistry between him and the cast, seeing as he's worked with a portion of them prior to this movie. I feel much safer having him in the director's chair, given his impressive resume with in the industry.
The movie features Saturday Night Live Alumna Kristen Wiig, Kate Mckinnon, and Leslie Jones, along with Mike and Molly star, Melissa McCarthy. Some of the most well known female comedians out there today.
While not everybody takes liking to these four women, many find them to be quite funny. While I can see how many think this will be a 120 minute quip-fest due to this fact, I don't think we'll see this happen with Paul Feig in the director's chair.
It Still Could Be A Good Movie
Now I'm not saying it will be a good Ghostbusters movie, but there's a chance that it will be a good movie. When I say this I mean that even though it may not be faithful to it's source material, it will still be very well entertaining. An example of this could be Iron Man 3. In my opinion, Iron Man 3 wasn't a very good Iron Man film in terms of faithfulness to the character(s) and the comics, but it's a very very well made film. This could be the case with the Ghostbusters. It could be absolutely terrible for the franchise, but could it really be that bad?
Expectations ≠ Reality
In the past, there have been many movies that fans have either decided they loved or hated, before even seeing them, myself being one of them. Age of Ultron was a great example of this. The hype for this movie was absolutely off the charts, and I expected it to be a revolutionary cinematic masterpiece, and that tarnished my overall enjoyment of the movie when I finally saw it. It's not by any means a bad film, but I don't think it met many fans' expectations. Keeping with the theme of Marvel, let's go back to 2008 with Iron Man. It was the movie that everybody thought would fail. It was a recipe for disaster:
- A relatively unknown title character.
- A star who is barely getting back on his feet.
- A director whose filmography was primarily comprised of comedy.
Destined to fail, Iron Man beat the odds, and is now highly regarded as one of the best superhero films to date.
The Ghostbusters is a potential reverse example of this. I think it's very likely that the film will surprise us, giving us a true adaptation of our favorite paranormal predators.
Then Why Are We So Quick To Judge?
Well that's an interesting question, and I don't think the answer is because we love to hate things. I think it revolves around the people's love for the franchise. Droves of devoted fans hold the Ghostbusters near and dear to their heart, and the thought of the same studio responsible for Ghostbusters potentially ruining that is scary. The same can be said for the new Fantastic 4 movie. People love Marvel's first family, and the reason everyone is calling for the rights to be reverted is because of the potential ruination of them. While this logic makes sense, it's somewhat flawed at the same time.
I say that people should be able to express whatever opinion they hold on a subject, but I also believe that one should not judge a book by it's cover, or in this case; a movie by it's trailer. I mean this figuratively of course, but too often do I see a myriad of angry fans using their negative preconceptions of a movie to fuel a burning hatred for said movie. The more Hollywood surprises us with films like Iron Man or even Galaxy Quest, the more I believe fans will open up to movies that are supposed to bound to bomb.