The first full trailer for the Ghostbusters reboot hit YouTube last week. In typical reboot fashion, the movie basically retells the story from a popular movie from years past. Less typical is that the male parts have been cast for women (as well as the female receptionist from the original now being played by Christ Hemsworth).
The reviews on YouTube started out terrible and have continued with a round of comment deletions by Sony Pictures. The trailer has been compared to Pixels, the Adam Sandler failure about video games from space. There are also the questions of why an inferior version of a classic needs to be made. Then there are criticisms of the characters themselves.
The movie stars three SNL players and Melissa McCarthy, from CBS’ Mike & Molly along with a number of recent movie roles. The characters in the trailer seem too quirky by half. The other stars of the movie, the ghosts, have been deemed slightly more one-dimensional that the human characters, therefore the allusions to “Pixels”.
The leftist media over the last week has been torn between criticizing the seemingly racist Black character, who is prone to outbursts and ignorance, and defending the “girl power” message of producing a remake with 4 main female characters. Some have dismissed the negative reaction as being based solely on the fact that the cast is female. That’s only partially true.
If a movie sprung into existence with 4 female main characters and was panned before it was released, there could be an argument made that the critics just didn’t want to see a women in lead roles. In this case however, Ghostbusters is a movie from three decades ago with well-known characters. Early press on the movie highlighted the intention that this remake should showcase women and that roles not originally written for women would somehow do this better.
Ironically, two of the four actresses were in a movie called “Bridesmaids” that is considered a funny and successful comedy. The roles mostly went to women who played female characters (bridesmaids). They didn’t choose to remake “Bachelor Party,” which would have been a wholly different (and probably terrible) execution.
I think it is far more likely that most people do not object to 4 strong female characters, but that they object to 4 strong male characters being re-imagined as women because someone got the rights to a beloved movie and wanted to put their mark on it.