The trailer for the Ghostbusters reboot, which stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, recently made history by becoming the most disliked movie trailer on YouTube. As of this moment, it has 30,682,032 views, including 226,701 likes and 687,507 dislikes — you see the ratio.
The members of the cast hadn't spoken up about this tricky record to hold, until Melissa McCarthy admitted there was something she disliked about the trailer, too.
'I Think It's Very Confusing'
In an interview on The John, Jay & Rich Show, McCarthy said she hoped the movie would have distanced itself more from the original version.
"It's a reboot not a remake. I know it's weird that they say [in the trailer] '30 years ago,' but in this movie it's like the first one didn't happen. It's a great story but it's told totally differently. It's four unlikely heroes, it's in New York City, ghosts are taking over; it's that same classic story but it's not 30 years later...it's not dependent on the first one."
She also said she tried to get it changed, but to no avail.
"Believe me, the question was asked. I think that it's very confusing. But then everyone said we don't care what you think."
Are you now wondering what differentiates a reboot from a remake? According to blogger J Gideon Sarantinos, a remake is a modern version of a movie where it's crucial to honor the original, while a reboot is a completely different take on the same plot.
Which means McCarthy's explanation should at least appease those who are mad that such an iconic movie as Ghostbusters is getting a new interpretation.
Let's Not Make Ghostbusters 'The Test Case For Whether Women Can Star In Tentpoles Or Not'
But as director Paul Feig pointed out in an interview with The Guardian, another main, yet disturbing reason behind the staggering number of dislikes is the all-female cast playing the four ghostbusters, and that's something that won't be accepted by these haters anytime soon.
"Some of it is that people don't want an old property touched — I'm sympathetic to that. But the ones who are hating it because it's about women? That's just a non-starter."
While it's absurd to make a fuss about female main characters anyway, he had a great explanation for why the new Ghostbusters shouldn't be about the gender of its cast.
"I would hope we weren't being made the test case for whether women can star in tentpoles or not. That kind of litmus test just wouldn’t be fair to women. If a movie starring a man comes out and bombs, people just think the movie didn't work. They don't say: 'Oh, well, OK! No more men in movies!'"
We'll have to wait and see who can review the movie without blurting out insanities such as 'women aren't funny.'
What's your take on the Ghostbusters reboot?
Source: The Guardian