A few days ago the Ghostbuster reboot trailer became the most disliked trailer on YouTube. Overall it is the 11th most disliked video, rubbing elbows with the likes of Rebecca Black, Miley Cyrus, Rick Perry’s homophobic presidential advert and, from what I could see, all of Justin Bieber’s music videos, and there is only one person who is surprised by this.
Speaking to the New York Daily News, Paul Fieg said that the criticism is from “assholes in geek culture.” He went on to elaborate about his distaste for geek culture and to explain that having a Ghostbusters film with an all-female cast wasn’t just a bad marketing decision, it was an accidental bad marketing decision. “(Melissa McCarthy) is just this hilarious woman who is so funny,” he states, “I live or die on what things are funny and whether or not people will be entertained by them.” He probably wants to write his will soon.
I know I am judging a film before it has come out but I just don’t see where Sony is coming from. Ghostbusters is a cult-classic and no one was calling for a reboot, least of all one with an all female cast. It may have sounded like a good idea on paper but clearly the response has not been good and, to be honest, this article is the only advertising I’ve seen for the film since the trailer has come out. I think it is obvious that Sony has jumped ship and Paul Fieg is desperately trying to pale water out but all he has is a colander.
It looks to me that Fieg has lost his rag somewhat and the overwhelmingly negative criticism has left him with only one option left. I wouldn’t be surprised if he thought that the film was a car crash as well but, being the director, turning on his own creation wouldn’t do him any favours. However, someone should tell him that, if you don’t want people to make fun of how bad your film was, don’t make a bad film. Like many people, when I first heard about the reboot I was skeptical, but they certainly had something to work with. Unfortunately all they have managed to produce is a sub-par comedy film with stock characters and cliched jokes.
Ghostbusters as a film was a surprise and Ghostbusters II, while with a similar plot, was able to bring enough fresh ideas to the table while still keeping with the theme. It was a good sequel that, instead of wallowing in the original work like Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, decided to do something new to keep audiences entertained, like the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean films.
That said, I think their biggest mistake was setting it in New York again. Can I please watch another city being destroyed please?