a reply to: AssiduousSpook
My two cents about this whole thing....
The relationship between the movie maker and the movie fan is a strange one, mostly because there isn't a relationship at all, only a perceived one on
the part of the move fan. As a fan, we pay for tickets and pay for merchandise and pay for soundtracks and pay for DVDs so on an emotional level we
almost feel like we have some ownership in the future of a franchise.
The harsh reality is though, that we don't own the intellectual property rights so there is nothing any of us can do (nor should we think that there
is anything we can do) to prevent the catastrophe of this new Ghostbusters reboot.
Making movies is a business though. If given the opportunity, I would have told whomever was behind this reboot (or any other) to be both respectful
and mindful of the original base crowd, as over the long haul they will be the ones who keep the money coming in during and long after the box
As it pertains to Ghostbusters, when I had first heard of the "Girl Ghostbusters" I believed it to be an exaggeration. To be candid, although I know
Bill Murray had long been against doing another Ghostbusters movie, I had thought that the story would pick up X-years after the events of the
less-than-spectacular Ghostbusters 2. I had thought that some of the lead roles would be the daughter(s) or niece(s) of Peter and/or Ray and/or Egon
and/or Winston. I had NO ISSUE with female Ghostbusters.
As others have expressed here, the original Ghostbusters was MORE than the sum of its parts. It wasn't just an original idea + a good script + good
casting + a good theme song. Somehow, it was more
than that. Everything worked so well on all levels (even capturing the "feel" of NY at the
time). I can't explain it because it is something intangible.
While reading through this thread I started to think about other classics from that era. I believe that even though SOME fans of the originals would
be upset, I think that some movies of that day could
be successfully rebooted. I think that Back to the Future could be redone (although there
would be no reason to).
One other movie that could possibly be reboot is The Breakfast Club. It would probably not be for my generation but it could be great for the late
teen, early twenties crowd. The same issues that the kids in the original one faced, the younglings face today. Of course, in today's modern
hyper-PC world, rather than keep the issues somewhat generic (jock issues, nerd issues, stoner issues, etc) the makers may be tempted to go with the
LGBT route which would get everybody up in arms.
Actually, the PC stuff is just the icing on the cake of this Ghostbusters reboot (and I'm thinking about that photo that I'd seen earlier in this
thread). Many people (admittedly myself included) have simply had ENOUGH of the PC world. I'm not a bigot or a racist or sexist or any of that. I'm
also sick of hearing about it. When I see a move, I'm trying to ESCAPE the insane world I live in, not be reminded of it. So you take a classic,
give it a questionable reboot when none is needed, then add the PC into the equation... you end up with some unhappy fans.
The BIGGEST problem with the new Ghostbusters movie
So, all of that rambling notwithstanding, here is the biggest problem with the upcoming Ghostbusters. It looks like it sucks.
Last weekend we took our son to see Finding Dory (which was great... almost as good as Finding Nemo). While I don't remember all the previews (as I
was in and out getting Twizzlers, popcorn and Sour Patch Kids then taking the kid to the restroom), I saw the following ones:
New Ice Age movie
: Looked on par with the rest of them. Tons of laughs from the crown especially when that prehistoric squirrel was trying to
get his acorn.
: I sort of knew that the original story existed but never read any books or saw any movies. This thing looks like a great movie
with action, adventure and more than a few get-choked-up and tear-up-almost-cry moments. You could hear people in the audience saying how cool and
interesting the movie was going to be.
That Hawaiian cgi movie
: Some laughs. Probably would have been more if anyone in the theatre had any clue what the legend/origin story was
: You could have heard a pin drop. There was a wide range of age/sex in the theatre. Remember, it was opening weekend for Finding
Dory. Nobody laughed. I didn't hear anyone say, "Oh, we have to see this." The movie just looks like it sucks.
Although we all have biases when things we like are rebooted/remade, I personally do my best to take a look at previews a second time and pretend it's
NOT a reboot. Take this Ghostbusters movie. Change the look of the uniforms, change the look of the equipment and change the Ghostbusters symbol and
call it something else and look at it through that lens... and all you would see is a preview for a crappy movie that you would wonder how it got
approved by a movie executive.
(Yeah, I rambled a bit).