Ghostbusters Reboot A Flop?

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Rafael Alvarado, staff writer

On March 3, 2016 Sony Entertainment released the first trailer for Paul Feig’s reboot Ghostbusters film, however, with not much enthusiasm from the online community. Online users from all over flocked to Sony’s YouTube page to watch the much anticipated trailer but were not happy with the results.

In 2014 rumors surfaced Feig was in talks to direct a reboot featuring women in the lead roles. Later in the same year Feig confirmed that he and Katie Dippold would unite to write the screenplay. Also adding that the film will not follow the first two films and be a completely new reboot of the franchise.

The Ghostbusters trailer garnered much traction but not the attention Sony was looking for because since the release of the official trailer the video was plagued with bad comments and negative likes. The trailers alone currently has 456,849 dislikes and its disappointing, for all those who worked on the film, to see all the negativity based on just the trailer. Sony then was accused for the deletion of many bad reviews on their YouTube page. I know this might sound hypocritical because I also give trailers bad reviews and classifying the film as bad but this movie has the potential to be great.

Personally from the get-go I was not a massive fan of the original Ghostbusters film released in the 80s and don’t have the fan boy biased attached to me. Although when I heard Paul Feig was directing and writing the film, two female comedian actors came to mind: Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. These two actors are known to work with Feig often in any film he produces which was not a surprise at all; and not necessarily a bad casting move on his behalf because of how hilarious they are. As for the “controversy” and flack for an all female cast is irrelevant and not an actual critique of a film just pure sexism. I will not touch up on the sexist opinions because its pointless for people to be concerned about all female leads. People with sexist opinions do not actually have real film critique to offer. Old fans from the original film seem to be looking for a nostalgia trigger in the movie and being that the film is a complete reboot and has nothing to do with the first two they get mad that it has no relation or same cast members.

Using the feminist argument is the stupidest excuse to dislike the film. The makers of the film were trying to “reboot” and create a completely new universe and using an all female cast was different. If they did a film with a full black, Latino, or minority cast then the argument would be about equality the same if they had an all gay cast then it would be LGBT relatable. Not that directors should not be more inclusive of diverse actors as a form of progressiveness and artistic reflection of American society. People honestly want to see the same copy and paste technique and see an all male cast and they would probably be satisfied with the same old thing.

The nonsense of people’s comments on how bad the film looks overshadowed some of the best scenes that were included in the trailer. The computer-generated imagery of the ghost is visually appealing they weren’t terrifying but I couldn’t help but sit and watch in awe at how cool they looked. Especially the different technology introduced like the bear trap intended to trap ghost and the Proton Gun looking  all sleek and revamped. As for those nostalgia seekers Slimmer is back and one of the more popular ghost of the original film along with a couple other things taken from the first film true fans will recognize. These are just a few reasons for some of you to hit the theater this summer. Towards the ending of the trailer there is a big insinuation of a grand battle between the ghosts and Ghostbusters which is one of the main events I’m looking forward to during the film.

Given everyone will have negative and positive things to say about the trailer because that’s just part of our nature. This trailer was hilarious and looked worthy of my money. For all those people with bad or good opinions of the trailer watch the film first. You can come out with a completely different view or the same one, that’s when I feel our opinions have the most value after experiencing the focal of our critique aka the film for ourselves.

Rafael Alvarado
Rafael Alvarado
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