YouTube announced this week that the Ghostbusters remake trailer is the most hated film trailer on the site. At the number 11 spot on “Most Disliked Videos“, it shares company with Justin Bieber, Rebecca Black and Miley Cyrus.
Some commentators have painted most of the critical backlash as misogynistic. However, while some of the film’s critics may be frothing at the mouth about gender, there are far more who are concerned because of the quality of what we’ve seen so far or even simple nostalgia.
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While the money has been rolling in so far, paying movie-goers are growing frustrated with the non-stop conveyor belt of Hollywood remakes filling studio pockets. In a sea of rehashes, remakes and sequels such as Amazing Spider-Man (which has been rebooted again in Civil War), to some Ghostbusters is one too many in a saturated field.
Considering that most of these remakes target classics which have strong feelings of nostalgia associated with them, it was almost inevitable that social media would explode with negativity when it was announced that Paul Feig – best known for comedy films Bridemaids, Spy and The Heat – would direct an all-new cast remake of Ghostbusters.
A Hard Act to Follow
The 1984 Ghostbusters grounded its paranormal adventure story with an unlikely team of Average Joes saving the world using science (not super powers). Each of them were played by strong comedic actors who became inseparable from the franchise; when you think Ghostbusters, you think Bill Murray.
A complete replacement of the cast using the same archetypes was bound to raise ire – the fans were never going to buy new characters that were too blatantly replacing the originals even down to the same racial make-up.
Ignoring the Original
Feig himself said that this 2016 version does not share the same Universe, leaving the heroines without the supporting knowledge that the old team are somewhere in that world. This attempt to ignore the 1984 story rather than acknowledge it almost completely shut down the die-hard fans’ will to compromise.
This isn’t the only media to spin-off from the original movie – The Real Ghostbusters replaced the original actors with a much cheaper cast of voice actors and took on a life of its own, and its totally tubular 90s sequel Extreme Ghostbusters replaced Venkman, Zeddemore et. al with a younger, diverse cast while keeping links to the original team – unlike Feig.
The new generation of Ghostbusters fans won’t be bothered by concerns about “blasphemy” or a tainting of an 80s film they saw on TV a couple of times. A younger audience – used to a glut of bombastic yet disposable IMAX experiences – might even welcome the newer, shinier take over the original.
Hopefully they won’t stop there, and will delve into the classic films their parents grew up with. That way the new Ghostbusters might do some good, opening up a new generation to greats such as Apocalypse Now, The Godfather and Taxi Driver… without remaking them with CGI final battles.