Ghostbusters — a comedy about busting ghosts that is making a lot of people inexplicably upset — is currently rocking a 79 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and 63 percent on Metacritic. The critical consensus on the latter: “Generally favorable.” And the former: “Ghostbusters does an impressive job of standing on its own as a freewheeling, marvelously cast supernatural comedy — even if it can’t help but pale somewhat in comparison with the classic original.” That goes along with what our Mike Ryan wrote in his review. He called the film “pretty darn good,” and although it’s not as clever as Ghostbusters, it’s much better than Ghostbusters 2. Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters sounds like it’s between the two: it has the winning chemistry of the original, and the CGI bloat of the sequel.
In other words, yeah, “pretty darn good.” Not a masterpiece, or a disaster.
This should be a win-win. A younger generation gets a new Ghostbusters starring the very funny Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate “Great” McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, and the older one can watch 1984’s Ghostbusters with Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson on DVD whenever they want. But because you apparently can’t have your Hi-C Ecto-Cooler and eat it, too, some people are very upset about the positive reviews.
Speaking of: Reddit is even more of a dumpster fire than usual.
I have a Ghostbusters shirt that I purchased a few years ago. It is one of my favorite shirts. Whenever I would wear it, myself and others get this fond feeling of nostalgia. That nod from a fellow fan when they saw the shirt was a nice connection to have with other people.
Unfortunately, I no longer feel comfortable wearing the shirt.
The reason is because the meaning has now changed. Instead of being a fun reminder of a time long ago, it is now a political statement. Wearing a Ghostbusters logo today sends a confusing message. Am I wearing it in support of feminism? Am I making a statement that there are only one Ghostbusters team? The good feelings that were once there, are now tainted with the controversy surrounding the new film. The pride of wearing the logo, has now been replaced with frustration and negative feelings. (Via Reddit)
If the new Ghostbusters needs this level of Orwellian blitzkrieg propaganda a week in advance to silence every last peep of non-adulatory conversation, the signs do not look good for the film itself being able to generate any real support once it debuts. And even if the film does have merit, it’s off to a rocky start being represented on Reddit by forward-deployed armies of psychotic bot trolls. (Via Reddit)
This movie is total trash. Its pukes on the Ghostbuster brand. The Actresses they chose was horrible and not funny. I hate their work because they are not funny or even good. They could use better actresses seriously. I also despise the director. One insulted the fans repeated. Call people like me a man child living in my mother’s basement? Well Paul. I own my house. I work in the trades. Oh yeah I served in Army and was decorated. Question? Besides making crappy movies what you done for country, Paul? So take your foot and shove in your mouth, because allot of GB fans are more me that what you say we are. Ok Two. Your movies are terrible Mr. Feig. There just gender swapped versions of popular movies. So creativity here Paul. So in summary. I have desire to see this flotsam of movie. (Via Reddit)
This debacle is destroying part of our cultural, heritage, and I won’t be silent. Could we get a nationwide movement to picket theaters playing this travesty? We could organize via this subreddit. (Via Reddit)
Ok, so obviously the reviews aren’t as bad as we had hoped. So what more can we do at this point to make sure that the public knows it’s terrible so that it bombs? (Via Reddit)
The mockery is also out in force:
Both sides are overreacting, but one much more than the other. The pro-Ghostbusters camp might say they like the movie a little more than they actually do, because they’ll feel neckbeard-y otherwise; the haters, so to speak, aren’t even giving it a shot. The idea of a new Ghostbusters movie in 2016, let alone a new Ghostbusters movie in 2016 starring women, has already ruined their childhoods. There’s nothing that can be said to convince them otherwise.
I literally can’t.