I’m not mad.
I’m not even disappointed.
My childhood wasn’t destroyed.
So here it is – as sure as Ghostbusters is a part of my being (literally), I can tell you that the level of hate this movie has been hit with before its release can simply stop.
No, it’s not the Ghostbusters I grew up with. The comedy structure is completely different, the characters are completely different, and the car… I gotta admit, my biggest source of trepidation was the car.
This is a very 2016 Ghostbusters – which isn’t a bad thing. The jokes, while in some ways less “smart” than the original film, are still funny – and there are a lot more of them. The characters all have their own quirks, and no one character reminds you of any of the four originals – something I feel needed to be done.
There are some things that don’t quite make sense. There’s no real opposition in the film, rather this group of Ghostbusters trying to overcome their own struggles. The addition of a villain also makes for an interesting dynamic – something that forces our new team to band together – which is the theme throughout the story.
Some old favorites make appearances – Yes, Slimer makes his return to the franchise – and he’s got a girlfriend – More toys to sell, remember? That’s still a big part of what this is all about – although for the life of me I STILL can’t find anything in stores except for PopVinyls.
Look – I watched the first trailer – and like much of the internet, I felt the crunch of something I grew up with being tampered with. As more trailers came out – I started to buy in. Even the producers admitted the first one released probably wasn’t the best one. After seeing the movie, I agree. Nothing shot this movie in the foot more than its own rushed publicity. The final project, if you truly are a “fan”, won’t disappoint you.
The word going around is that the initial cut of this movie was over 4 hours long. That would be too much. Still, there were some gags that were released in early trailers which don’t make the final film. Paul Feig has said somewhat of a director’s cut will be available – I’ll be buying it.
I’ve shared stories about what Ghostbusters means to me. From the time my Mom drew the logo onto a blank tape for me so it would look like the soundtrack we couldn’t afford growing up, to even going to the Hook & Ladder 8 in Tribeca – also known as Ghostbusters HQ, to even having Dan Aykroyd sit 3 feet away from me and tell me about what were originally the Ghostbusters 3 plans – I like to think I qualify as a sort of Ghostbusters aficionado. These characters were like imaginary friends to me. With the cartoons, I went on weekly adventures with them… and when I got older, I realized how much work went into making them.
The torch – or neutrino wand, has been passed for a new generation to experience and enjoy.
To all the keyboard warriors out there who want to trash this film, and to everyone that hit the “dislike” button on the first trailer, I’m not going to try and sway you. To anyone who wants to feel good about going on another romp with the Ghostbusters, past and present… just go see it. Most importantly – have fun. That’s what this is all about.
Bustin’ STILL makes me feel good. Good to see you again, Mr. Ramis.