ByWilliam Robinson, writer at
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William Robinson

On March 3, 2016, the trailer for the new Ghostbusters movie was released and people became afraid, very afraid. Most of the response to those critical of the trailer was to merely call those detractors misogynist and shame them in to being quiet. However, after reading early plot information , along with the trailer there are several reasons to be worried about this film.

Lazy directing does not equal a good film

Paul Feig seems to be doing again what he has done with Spy and Heat, which is put Melissa McCarthy into one emotional type at the beginning of the film, find some reason to have her change emotional personalities (because you know larger women can only be sweet or angry), and whether it be a cop, a secret agent, or a scientist, one actor shuldn't be used to carry a film because of a lay director. Also, for a director lauded for his stance on feminism and such, Feig has shown he has no problem with beating tropes and stereotypes to death.

Wait, what do you believe in. Anything as long as it comes with a steady paycheck.

Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan,our Winston replacement
Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan,our Winston replacement

In the original franchise, Ernie Hudson's character Winston Zedmore was portrayed as a level headed, grounded human being whose work ethic, open mindedness, and in one poignant scene Ray Stentz (Dan Akroyd) and Winston discuss religion and the end of the world.

Expecting another well grounded character to complete our team and keep the science sisterhood's feet on the ground we instead get this:

Start the video at the 2:10 mark to see what I mean, we get yet another, big, black woman who is again stereotyped into being the 'big mamma' and easily rattled member of the group. While everyone is screaming at detractors as being anti-feminist, no one is asking why Leslie Jones, who amongst other credits has written for SNL, and whose acting range includes a formidable villain on The Blacklist, is not the actress playing the nuclear physicist for our team.

This reminds me of the time you tried to remake a hole in your head

Where other remakes such as The Magnificent Seven (1960), The Birdcage (1996), and The Grudge (2004) have relied on the strength of the cast and directors, from the indication made by the trailer and the cameos included in the film, the studio itself may have doubts on the strength of this film. Although many estblished sites and reviewers gave Feig and McCarthy's Spy a pass, quite a few so-called average viewers were turned off by the films need to replace vulgariy with humor. Remakes in Hollywood seem to be a dime a dozen, but the copy and paste, insert fart/poop/sex/female joke approach, that seems to be taken by Paul Feig seems problematic.

Also, from the appearance of Slimer to winks, nods, and tongue kisses to the original one wonders if the studio actually cares about the franchise or if they are sacrificing quality for the sake of the dollar bill.

Good cast , everything else needs to be in containment

Starting with McCarthy whose range in roles include the fantasy film The Nin9s and St. Vincent, seems to be relegtaed again to the straight woman who is liable to go off at any time, as with a typical Feig collaboration. Kate McKinnon and Kristen Wiig who also accomplished actress in their own right seem to be set up to be sight gaga and insult fodder, as with a typical Feig production. Although crass and sass was part of the backbone of the original Ghostbusters films, it was used more as scalpel to cut into the weirdness around it, or drive a comedic point home. With the crude, stereo typical humor seemingly locked into place by the director and script, what could have been a wonderful ode to female driven sci-fi comedy could actually as bad as Cheech's reaction to the return of The Titanic.


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