If you remember movies before the internet swooped in and consumed our everyday lives, then you know that you had to go to a theater to watch the newest trailers. It was an experience watching the newest trailers on the big screen and not knowing exactly what to expect. However, all of that is different today as we are easily able to view the latest trailers for the first time instantly online. This makes it easier to watch multiple trailers at once, usually from YouTube. The fact that YouTube is a social media platform as well makes way for criticism in the form of comments, likes, and dislikes. We're going to go ahead and discuss likes for now because YouTube just saw a new record being set with the most disliked trailer of all time.
Giving it the re-boot
The record was set by the rebooted Ghostbusters trailer that was given a staggering 646,600 (and rising) dislikes since it was posted on YouTube, according to Screencrush. If you want to put this into perspective with other movies, the Fantastic Four reboot only got 20,175 dislikes. Ghostbusters has been hated on by people for various reasons, such as audiences being angry over the all female leads, or the film not being in the same continuity as the two original movies.
It is very unfair to criticize the movie for those reasons without ever giving it a chance to begin with. The criticism has also derived from many saying the trailer was supposedly humorless and out of place, but it's currently at 30 million views, so it's still getting publicity. The film stars some great comedy starlets such as Melissa McCarthy as Abby Yates, Kristen Wiig as Erin Gilbert, Kate McKinnon as Jillian Holtzmann, and Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan. It's too early to say whether Ghostbusters will be a hit or a miss, but it seems that with Paul Feig as director and these great comedians, it could be quite positive. The director has Bridesmaids and Spy under his belt, which have been critically acclaimed and both starred McCarthy as well.
It's quite a shame that this movie has been criticized so harshly prior to its release. Although dislikes on YouTube shouldn't mean much as to whether a film is good or will do well, we can only wait and see. The film will follow the same premise as the 1984 Ghostbusters film with a team developing ghost-capturing technology in the hope of keeping New York City paranormal free. If you haven't seen the trailer or just want to see the most disliked trailer in YouTube history, check it out below!
Ghostbuster arrives in theaters July 15, 2016