For some strange reason, the new Ghostbusters movie has the odd distinction of being the most disliked movie trailer on YouTube. But as anyone who has seen the comments section on YouTube can attest, the internet can be irrationally hateful sometimes. You have to wonder where all this is coming from though. Why do people hate something they haven’t even seen yet? It might have something to do with the fact that a lot of people grew up watching the Ghostbusters. From the live-action movie that came out in 1984 to the cartoon series that followed a few years after, the Ghostbusters have been part of our childhood. Meron pa ngang Pinoy version na “Goosebusters” starring Joey de Leon where a goose inexplicably possesses people. (Ayos diba? Ang galing talaga ng Pinoy e!)
When news of a Ghostbusters sequel first came out, a lot were excited to see a modern version of a childhood classic. But the project never went anywhere because as Bill Murray himself said, “No one wants to pay money to see fat old men chase ghosts!” So the project was in limbo for almost three decades until it was finally announced that instead of a sequel, the next Ghostbusters will be a reboot with an all-female cast. That’s when the haters started coming out of the woodwork. “Why mess with a beloved classic?” “Why bother with an all-female cast?” “Bakit hindi na lang sequel sa Goosebusters ni Joey de Leon tsaka Ungga?!”
Now that the new Ghostbusters movie is showing in cinemas, we can finally find out if all the hate for the movie was justified. Having already seen the movie, I can say that it’s not. If you have already decided to hate the movie before even seeing it, then there’s probably no way to change your mind about it. But casual fans and those who are just now going to be introduced to the Ghostbusters will probably have a good time watching it because the reboot brings back everything we enjoyed from the original. And when I say “everything”, I mean that in the literal sense.
The new Ghostbusters is a re-imagining of the 1984 cult classic. It’s like the story taking place in a parallel universe where all the elements of the original are there except that they gender swapped the main characters. Reports start to come in of apparitions suddenly haunting different places in Manhattan and scientists Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) and Erin Gilbert (Kirsten Wiig) set out to prove once and for all that ghosts do exists. They are helped by an eccentric inventor Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) and a street-smart New Yorker Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones).The four ladies, together with their dumb-as-a-rock receptionist Kevin (played Thor.. I mean Chris Hemsworth), they form the Ghostbusters.
If you’ve seen the first one that came out 32 years ago, you might remember that that’s more or less how the story went as well. All the members of the new Ghostbusters have their counterparts from the original. Erin is Peter Venkman, the initially skeptical member of the group. Abby is Ray Stantz, the brains behind the operation. Jilian is Egon Spengler, the brilliant but weird inventor. And Patty is Winston Zedemore, the street-smart blue collar worker who just wants to be part of the team. Most of the characterizations are the same and while that helps to bring back the spirit of the original, it’s kind of limiting as well. Instead of fleshing out a whole new set of characters with different personalities, director Paul Feig decided to pay homage to the original. (Even Slimer and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man are back.)
7/10. More of a re-imagining than an actual reboot, the Ghostbusters delivers on laughs at a rate good enough to silence most of its doubters.