“You did it. You crazy son of a b*tch(s), you did it.” -Dr. Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park
Here I am. Packing all my stuff into a box and getting ready for the big move tomorrow and io9 tosses this trailer at me. I’ve been half waiting, half dreading this trailer for months. Now here it is, in all of its shameless naked glory. And I actually mean…glory.
How did they take one of the most beloved franchises in film history, polish it up, and make it look good for 2016? Everything is stacked against this film. I mean EVERYTHING. There are male chauvinists angry that it’s a team of ladies. Half the fan base thinks rebooting the franchise is the dumbest idea since restaurant bread.
And finally…why mess with perfection? Ghostbusters came out the year I was born and belongs in the same pantheons such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Jurassic Park, and insert your favorite film series here. And before this trailer, there was even signs of brilliance. Just look at the first official image of the team:
I loved the new outfits and each one of them seems just different enough or out of their element, well, except for Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones (relative unknowns to me). Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy are the ones I’m immediately familiar with and can appreciate their addition. I’m so happy that Melissa McCarthy is continuing her excellent humor from Spy and not just a walking “fat joke” roles she took early on.
Of course their is the obligatory hatred of Leslie Jones character since she is stereotypical “black” according to the internet. Just shut up, please. She’s playing a role as it was it was written. No matter what they did with her, someone would have been offended and written a dissertation on why this is exactly Hollywood is terrible. Did we forget they’re evil because the industry is a money grubbing cult?
Seriously, for the most part, the fact that actual entertainment comes from Hollywood is likely pure coincidence. And don’t tell me that this film is going to be crap because it’s directed by Paul Feig. You laughed just like I did when Maya Rudolph pooped in the middle of the street in a wedding dress in Bridesmaids.
So I will go ahead and say it, on July 15th of this year, my butt will be firmly planted in a theater seat ready to watch a new team kick the crap out of poltergeist, ghosts, and whatever is thrown their way.
And even though a wonderful group of ladies will be taking over the proton packs, that doesn’t mean the original Ghostbusters fill will be gone. My kids are going to watch the originals first and that’s just a fact. There is no reason why the two cannot co-exist. Is it a money grab? Heck yes. Does it have potential to suck? No more or less than any film out there. But if done well, all I’ll see is more Ghostbusters, and I cannot and will not apologize for optimism here. After all, in a movie industry that is just in it for the money…who ya gonna call?