So, the word is that the trailer for the new Ghostbusters movie is the most disliked, at 2:1, on YouTube.
Really? More than PewdiePie? I disbelieve!
Ok, so I was…in error. It’s more like almost 3:1. And wow, that is some heavy disapproval. A lot seems to center around not liking that it is a female cast, and the usual reboot hate. But if the anti-reboot crowd watched the trailer, they might see something really important.
It’s a sequel.
Yes, this is, in reality, Ghostbusters 3. The trailer even opens with that fact. Now, based on some of the early reports about the movie, it did indeed seem like a reboot. And a scientist-free one at that, with the main character being an author, and none of them being scientists. Now, however, there is a lot of science. Which is good. And yeah, you have to like the kind of product that the various actors put out to like it. Duh. If you don’t think Melissa McCarthy’s over the top loud clumsy persona is funny (I don’t), you are going to be predisposed to not like the movie.
But here’s the point – the over-the-top ranting I see about how awful this is is just tiring. It may suck. It may not. And that may or may not translate into box office success. Will Ferrell movies, defined as having more than about five minutes of him in them, suck. Hard. The man is simply annoying, unfunny, and a hack. No talent to be found. But he sells tickets because others think he is funny. To me, that should be diagnostic for severe brain injury. But to each their own.
I don’t think this will be that good, but not because Ghostbusters was some perfect exemplar of the cinematic arts never to be duplicated. Nope. I don’t care for about half the cast’s comedy based on the work I have seen. I think they go to stereotype far too easily (Leslie Jones’ line ‘But it’s a Cadillac!’, for example) . Yes, that may be the one line that does that, but it is in the trailer, and trailers are supposed to be representative of the movie. So it is fair to expect that to be a thing. I think that there are good parts – the changes in traps and packs look interesting, and the fact that they seem to have a development process is nice (as opposed them magically appearing in the original). But those don’t outweigh the negatives.
Let a second trailer come out – minds might be changed. Stranger things have happened…