Ahead of the release of the upcoming all-female Ghostbusters reboot - headed into theaters on July 15 - Sony Pictures has released the brand new remixed version of the classic Ghostbusters theme song. Originally performed by Ray Parker Jr., the new version has been recorded and remixed by Fall Out Boy and the legendary Missy Elliott. Eager fans who preorder the album for the movie, released the same day as the film, will be immediately gifted this song for free. Before we discuss this, have a listen to the new single below.
My Two Cents
Personally speaking, I just do not care for this remix. To me, it sounds overtly angry, lazily written and way too out of tone with the often playful and joyfully comedic nature of the Ghostbusters films. I think it does an honest disservice to the original song recorded by Ray Parker Jr. For some reason, I find it ill-fitting to be included in a film that's far less hard core than this song makes it sound. I mean no offense to either Fall Out Boy or Missy Elliott, but this, this just cannot be the absolute best they possibly could've come up with. If it is, they should consider it a complete failure.
On The Other Hand
I haven't seen the new movie yet. Maybe this song plays better with it than I think, maybe it will surprise everyone, me included. However, from what we've seen of the trailers and sneak peeks so far, the score seems to be more closely resembling Parker's version, than whatever it is this new one is made of. I hope this isn't a sign of what's to come or what's to be expected in the upcoming reboot. If this some sort of prelude, it does not bode well for a film that's tenderly walking around on eggshells as it is.
Ghostbusters opens in theaters on July 15, 2016. It's directed by Paul Feig and stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. The film will also feature cameos from original Ghostbusters stars Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Sigourney Weaver, and Ernie Hudson.