EW's run down of next years movies includes a new image from Paul Feigs gender swapping Ghostbusters, featuring the four new 'Busters walking toward camera alongside an overturned fire wagon (seen above, and below).
Accompanying the new movie still one of the movies leading quartet has decided to chime in against the wave of criticism the project has recieved since it was announced...
“If this doesn’t work, we go back and lose our right to vote, I’m talking pre-suffragette.”
While we can see that McCarthy comment is a joke - a tasteless and offensive one - to women whom fought for the right to vote, and while McCarthy's jibe is directly aimed at those that have criticized the movie from a chauvinistic, sexist point of view. Many fans have been critical of this project for reasons completely unrelated to the casting of four female leads.
These fans criticize the new movie because when Paul Feig was approached, he was approached to direct Ghostbusters 3, which had been developed over the course of ten years by franchise co-creators Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd (and other writers), but needlessly held up by the selfish ego of Bill Murray. Feig turned down the sequel and proposed an all female reboot of which he had no script and no cast for. Foolishly the then chief at Sony Pictures, Amy Pascal, whom was later sacked for her misconduct and "politically incorrect" behaviour, green lit Feigs "suggestion" over and above the already developed screenplay devised by the franchise creators.
Paul Feig should have never been approached nor permitted to make this movie on such a weak basis of genderswapping the lead cast. The moment he suggested the idea, it has been intended to needlessly stir up debates about feminism and sexism in the media. Could Feig's reboot have been made with an equal cast of men and women, or lo-and-behold an all male cast? Of course it could. Doe's the new movie benefit from an all female lead cast? Not in terms of its marketing.
As with any movie the narrative is the most important factor, and with this movie it was an after-thought to the desire by Feig to repeat his formula of using a leading female cast, in his derivative, vulgar and one dimensional adult-esque comedies. The adult comedic stylings of Bridesmaids, The Heat and Spy are not interchangable with the family comedy of the Ghostbusters. Do we even know what the story of this new Ghostbusters is? Is it better than the originally proposed idea of passing on the torch to a new generation while delving into the curse of the Barrett bloodline? We doubt it!
Ghostbusters (2016) July 15th, 2016
More about Ghostbusters (2016) (movie)
Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates are a pair of unheralded authors who write a book positing that ghosts are real. A few years later, Gilbert lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia Uinversity, but her book resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia. Gilbert reunites with Yates and others when ghosts invade Manhattan and she and her team have to save the world.
Directed by Paul Feig, Ghostbusters (2016)'s release date is July 15th, 2016.
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