If any movie has undergone an intense degree of controversy over the last few months, it’s the Ghostbusters reboot. Look, I’ll level with all of you, I’m not excited for this movie. Not in the least. And before anyone shoots their mouth off, it has nothing to do with sexism as most feminists are claiming. I am not sexist, I am not misogynistic. The fact remains that the trailers and promos released for the film thus far have all been awful. Every time I have to sit through the excessive gang-rape of comedy that is the Ghostbusters trailer in the theater, I have to scream “Why are you people laughing? WHY?!” From what I can see, the comedy is all bad slapstick, the effects are god awful and the ghosts look beyond generic. To be honest, it has become a chore just sitting through the trailer.
I’m not even gonna rag on the actresses for this. Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig are both actresses I’ve enjoyed watching in the past. The other two actresses I’m not familiar with, to be honest. Regardless, it’s not their fault that the writing in all the trailers thus far has been completely retched. I’m not mad at them, I’m mad at the writing. That being said, maybe the final product will be a good movie. Maybe I will be eating my words come next weekend. However, from what I’m seeing in all the promotional materials, I find that outcome more unlikely by the second. The original Ghostbusters is a classic, funny, action packed and original comedy. I’m sorry but when a movie is great, it’s great. If ain’t broke, please don’t break it.
However, well-known comedian Patton Oswalt recently took to twitter after having witnessed an early screening. He had this to say.
Just saw an early screening of GHOSTBUSTERS. It’s fun. It’s scary. It’s terrific. Stay ’til after the credits.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) July 7, 2016
So there we have it, as evidently another celebrity has praised the new film. I say another because Dan Ackroyd, the writer, and co-star of the original films, has seen it as well. The film apparently has his stamp of approval too. Now, I’m not one to doubt the creator of the franchise. Nor am I one to doubt Patton Oswalt, the fanboy to end all fanboys. In fact, I am a tad more hopeful thanks to his input. If the guy who said he wanted to murder George Lucas with a shovel for making the prequels is giving this movie a pass, there must be something I’m not seeing yet. However, let us not forget that this is not the first time something like this has happened.
If people will recall last year when James Cameron gave his stamp of approval to Terminator: Genisys. This is what he had to say about that film.
“I feel like the franchise has been reinvigorated, like this is a renaissance. The new film, which I think of as the third film, you see Arnold take the character even further… If you like the Terminator films, you’re gonna love this movie.”
Now, most fans got pretty excited upon hearing this. However, what was the outcome upon watching the film? Terminator: Genisys was a horrendous mess and the absolute worst in the series (and I’m not the only one who thought so). I’m glad James Cameron liked it and all, just as I am happy Oswalt and Ackroyd enjoyed the new Ghostbusters reboot. That being said, their opinions are their own and they shouldn’t reflect upon ours. Just because Patton Oswalt liked the movie doesn’t mean any of us will.
We’ll just have to wait and see when Ghostbusters hits theaters on July 15, 2017.
A graduate of Full Sail University with a Bachelors Degree in Creative Writing, Adam is a Writer and Film Critic, looking to make his mark on the world. When he isn’t at the movies, writing for The Nerd Stash, playing Duck Hunt (respect the classics) or delivering pizzas to his neighbors, he is back at school earning his Masters Degree in Film Production.