The Ghostbusters trailer debuted on March 3rd, and since then it has over 30 million views, more than 200,000 Likes and an astounding 653,000 dislikes. This has earned the dubious title of “Most Disliked Movie Trailer of All-Time.” Does it deserve this very unfavorable distinction? Probably not since Battlefield Earth, Gigli and Adam Sandler’s Jack and Jill all have movie trailers.
Sure this undesired moniker was helped by sexist and misogynistic fuckboys who only hated the trailer simply because it was four broads instead of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson. Those individuals are shitty people for not even giving the movie a chance. But if you took Sex and the City and re-boot it with four dudes that are scratching their oniony-smelling balls, talking about how many flushes it took to down his White Castle shit and one of the male characters named Sam is constantly bragging about how many girls gave him rim jobs, I imagine that there would be a good deal of women screaming, “THIS IS NOTHING LIKE THE ORIGINAL AND YOU’RE RUINING A CLASSIC!!!”
With that being said, just re-booting an iconic movie shouldn’t automatically be greeted with unwarranted applause and undeserving verbal bouquets. A lot of men and women saw the trailer and were like, “What the fuck did I just watch? That can’t really be the actual trailer for the new Ghostbusters.”
No one would be batting an eye and complaining if you did a re-boot of Bad Company and had women take the roles of Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock or a remake of Bio-Dome and had Anna Faris and Amy Schumer replace Stephen Baldwin and Pauly Shore. But Ghostbusters was way more than a movie, it was toys, cartoons, and for many it was a major part of people’s childhoods. So nobody is saying don’t do a Ghostbusters re-boot (But you really shouldn’t because I don’t think a sequel was ever done better than the original perfect comedy, e.g. Caddyshack 2), but it better be a truly brilliant and amazing idea to be worthy of a remake.
One of the stars of Paul Feig’s reboot is Melissa McCarthy and she foresaw the fiery trainwreck that was the Ghostbusters trailer. The comedic actress appeared on The Johnjay & Rich Show where she even admitted that the trailer was “very confusing.”
“It’s a reboot, not a remake. I know it’s weird that they say (in the trailer) ’30 years ago,’ but in this movie it’s like the first one didn’t happen,” McCarthy said on the radio show Monday.
“It’s a great story but told totally differently. It’s the same thing of four unlikely heroes, it’s in New York city, ghosts are taking over. It’s the same classic story, but it’s not a ’30 years later,'” McCarthy said.
McCarthy thought the trailer was so cruddy that she was compelled to tell management, which the criticism was not welcomed with open arms, “But then everyone said, ‘We don’t care what you think.'”
So even a star of the movie, who is not male, basically said this trailer is rubbish.
Again, this is only the trailer, so maybe the movie will be tremendous, but that is yet to be seen.
Let’s look at why Ghostbusters will be awesome.