Saturday, July 9, 2016


   Of all the bad ideas Hollywood has come up with over the years, rebooting the classic 1984 movie  Ghostbusters with an all-female cast has to rank as one of the worst ever.
    Fans of the original movie, a unique mixture of supernatural horror and irreverent comedy,  have taken to the internet to vent their fury and rage, calling the new movie racist and unfunny and berating the filmmakers as greedy and unoriginal. 
     The trailer has officially become the most-disliked movie trailer in YouTube history, beating out jihadi recruitment videos for the title. 
  The original, which starred Bill Murray, shattered box office records for a comedy, nabbed two Oscar nominations and sparked a global phenomenon. The new movie stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones as four female Busters who are battling their own neuroses while combating a phantom menace that threatens New York City.
  It has been condemned as racist because the black actress Leslie Jones portrays a blue collar New York city municipal worker while the other three are scientists.
Poster for the original Ghostbusters
  And while the original theme song is ranked as one of the best movie themes of all time the new song, by Fall Out Boy has been roundly panned.
  I saw a 15-minute clip of the movie at a Cinemacon screening in Las Vegas and it seemed neither funny nor scary...just pointless.
   Now the director, Paul Feig, has hit back. "Haters, attack me all you want but when you attack and insult my cast, you’ve crossed the line," he says. "Grow up and leave my cast alone.”
   During an interview in the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Melissa McCarthy says she tries to ignore the cirticism, much of which was launched as soon as the movie was announced. "If someone wants to spew hate and tear down women I prefer to keep it out of my life,"
   Leslie Jones says:"When people started asking me about the gender stuff  I would say 'It's not a man thing, it's not a woman thing, it's a Ghostbuster thing.'"
  Time---and box-office results---will tell. With a reported budget of $150 million the movie has to gross an estimated $400 million worldwide to break even.

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