When we all heard that Sony was rebooting the Ghostbusters franchise with an all-female cast a few years back, I think the vast majority of us had some fair concerns. I, personally, had even further concerns when the cast was announced. The more I heard about the filmmakers’ intentions, the more I feared that this would venture into the realm of tasteless, slapstick schlock. Worse, I was worried this would horribly tarnish a beloved franchise all in the name of fulfilling an agenda, well-intentioned or no.
Now, as the new trailer has arrived, it seems like everyone has concerns.
At the time of this posting, it has already been viewed a few million times, and the ratio of “dislikes” to “likes” is becoming more imbalanced by the hour.
Personally, I find myself surprised that I don’t hate it. Though, to be fair, I had unfathomably low expectations. Still, I don’t exactly like it either. It’s not particularly funny, nor does it really feel like a Ghostbusters film other than in the name. For my money, it feels like they were trying to make a completely different movie, and then decided to jam it into a Ghostbusters framework to capitalize on brand recognition. But based on the ever growing majority of negative fans, it seems to have backfired.
We’ll see. maybe they’ll pull it out and it’ll end up being a decent flick. But right now, it’s not looking too good.
Ghostbusters will hit theaters on July 15th.