The Ghostbusters reboot has started the talk show run with the cast having appeared recently on the Jimmy Kimmel show in the US and due to appear on next week's Graham Norton show in the UK. The four new girl-busters appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel show with the stars of the original movies Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts and Bill Murray. Some other outlets have stated that Murray gives the new movie "glowing praise", but anyone watching the body language and interaction of the guests will notice that all seem uncomfortable and hesitant to answer questions, with only Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones connecting with host Kimmel. From watching the clip below both Murray and Hudson's body language is in stark contrast to any comments they make, fuelling speculation that the rumors may be true that the cast has been threatened with liability suits if they do not promote the movie. Let's not forget that while Aykroyd and Hudson actively supported a Ghostbusters sequel, Murray's repeated refusals to commit dragged the movie through production hell, until Feig's reboot was greenlit.
During their appearance on the US talk show, McCarthy addressed the haters to the movies as being an overweight 45-year-old nerd living in his mother's basement. Of those that have maintained their position against this movie, none of them to my knowledge bear any resemblance to Kevin Smiths cameo in Die Hard 4.0. Almost as many women seem to be against this movie as do men, as can be evidenced by the plethora of Youtube videos from users such as The Wooly Bumblebee and Alachia Queen.
Sony has also released 4 new featurettes, each focusing on one of the main characters. Ironically, despite the studio's intention to attempt to build up the mythos of the movies world and the characters that inhabit it, these featurettes instead remind me of why I didn't like Paul Feig's last two movies The Heat and Spy - the characters depicted are one dimensional, empty stereotypes that we have seen portrayed countless times before and portrayed to much greater effect. Both Jones and McCarthy's characters seem interchangeable, both being loud mouthed and overly opinionated, whereas Wiig and McKinnon seem in most of the scenes as though they don't want to be there. The original characters were clearly identifiable and the dynamics between them is what fuelled the comedy. One thing this reboot and its cast seem to definitely lack is any sense of the word dynamic, there is just no chemistry between the cast, no sense of comradery.
From the featurettes, clips and trailers released thus far it becomes apparent that Ghostbusters feels like another vehicle movie for Melissa McCarthy. This no surprise as the director Paul Feig as stated repeatedly that he intends to make the portly actress a star in Hollywood. Unfortunately from what I have seen so far from McCarthy she has neither the range, ability or screen presence to remain with the Hollywood A-listers. And if the truth be told without Feig, McCarthy would not have a movie career.