Thursday, March 3, 2016

Ghostbusters (2016) Trailer Thoughts

(Would ghosts be considered monsters? Eh, whatever.)

Of course all the cool things have to happen while I'm at my day job. During my lunch break, I went on the ol' Facebook and saw everyone react to the new Ghostbusters. I was about to ignore it because, in case you're new and don't know me that well, I don't get all hysterical over a teaser, poster, or any announcements. I like to wait to reserve judgement until I actually see the thing. God forbid anyone actually do that.

When it was announced that there was going to be a new Ghostbusters film, people lost their shit because OH NO!! It's going to star four women!!! BUT HOW CAN THAT BE?!?! Women can't bust ghosts! I honestly didn't care if it was four men or four women. I did ask how come it had to be four of one gender? Why not a mix of men and women? Then someone reminded me Hollywood would use that as an excuse to thrown in an romantic plot and it'd just be a typical movie that nobody would want to see. Good point.

But again, I reserved judgement until I saw the movie. But then the cast was announced.

-Kristen Wiig, yes I'm on board. I think she's funny.
-Kate McKinnon, double yes. She's great on "SNL".
-Leslie Jones, again great on "SNL" can't wait to see what she'd add to the movie.

And then Melissa McCarthy. OK. I'm gonna be careful here when I say I'm not a fan of Melissa McCarthy. It's not cause she's a woman, it's cause I don't find her shtick funny. I can't really explain it but if you seen her in Bridesmaids, Identity Thief, and whatever else she was in, you get what I'm saying. So that had me nervous because I already had in my head "Oh great, she's going to be the clumsy one, tripping all over things. Kinda like if they made Rick Moranis' character from the original a Ghostbuster." I wasn't happy with that, but I was willing to give it a go.

So back to today, I saw people's reaction to the trailer and it was literally split down the middle in terms of opinions. One person said "LOOKS GREAT!" another person "Ugh, looks terrible" another person "YAY!!" another person "BOO!!" just back and forth like that.

Now that I am home, it's time to watch the trailer in question.

My opinion? I'm still gonna hold judgement until I see the movie. Some things made me laugh. I'm happy to see Melissa McCarthy not do her usual brand of comedy. She might actually make me laugh. Highlight included Leslie Jones slapping a ghost out of Melissa McCarthy, that made me laugh. I can't get a feel for Kate McKinnon's character, she didn't say anything. Is she suppose to be that way? I hope not cause she is really funny.

Also interesting to note, the video as more dislikes than likes. The only time I seen something like that is when I stumble upon a Chris Brown video or watch Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" video over and over again...I mean...nevermind. Do I think this trailer deserves that much hate? No. The movie looks perfectly fine. I'm not super excited for it but I don't hate it either.

But a thought did occur to me and it sort of has me worried. Let's say, just for arguments sake, that when people see it, the movie actually sucks. I don't think it's going to but just for now, let's say it sucks. It sucks so badly that critics pan it, nobody sees it, and it just disappears. What's going to happen, if this happens, is everyone (the studio, the actors, the filmmakers) are going to blame the Men's Right Activists who are against this movie just because it stars women. And, yes, I'm sure the MRA's are going to boycott this movie because they're dumbasses. But I feel like there isn't enough of them to influence the entire opening weekend. So if it sucks, they'll get the blame and not the fact the movie, y'know, might not be any good.

But we'll see. I'll go see it in theaters. I loved the original movies (yes including the sequel that everyone hates for some reason) and I'll let you know what I thought about it then. And maybe I'll get around to playing the Ghostbusters Board Game, which seems to have it's fans and haters alike.

Hey! This was my first actual blog post on the new site! Tell me what you thought about what I wrote, if you're excited for the new movie, if you aren't excited and why. And if you're a MRA, say hi to your mother for me.

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