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The Ghostbusters Reboot - The Aftermath!

The Ghostbusters Reboot - The Aftermath!

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Paul Feig's reboot of Ghostbusters first opened in the UK and Europe on Monday 11th July before opening later the same week on the 15th in the US. Leading up to its release the movie has attracted wave after wave of negativity from internet trolls, fans, and critics. In response to the overwhelming hatred toward the movie the studio, director, and cast have counter-attacked the critics, with claims of misogyny, sexism, and racism being thrown from both the movies defenders and detractors. While critics and fans have called the portrayal of Chris Hemsworth's character as needlessly sexist and the portrayal of Leslie Jones' character as a racist stereotype, director Paul Feig has openly called the fans "misogynistic and vile", while star Melissa McCarthy proclaimed the haters as "lonely, middle-aged men living in their mothers basement."

Such potentially volatile social-political attitudes being expressed for and against this movie have been further compounded by the movie's marketing campaign as a platform for feminism and women's rights, with the studio, director and cast claiming the movies "goal" is to empower women and the image of women within the media. Critics have hit back claiming the movie's "message" is a bid to add a positive spin on the whirlpool of negative press surrounding the movie, which has also included claims that the studio have suppressed any mention of Kate McKinnon's character,  Jillian Holtzmann's, homosexuality and further claims that the original cast was threatened with legal action if they did not partake in the reboot and portray the movie in a good light.

Following the movie's 9th July premiere at the TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles (pictured above) reviews from high profile entertainment news outlets was released. Although none of the critics have praised the movie as a must-see summer blockbuster, the general consensus does appear to be that the movie is funny and the main cast are mostly likable. However, the movie has garnered criticism for its over-reverence towards the original movies, its weak narrative and the performance and plausibility of the movies villain Rowan (Neil Casey). Critics also seem to be divided upon the performances of SNL veteran Kate McKinnon and Marvel regular Chris Hemsworth (as secretary Kevin Beckmann), with the portrayal of their characters receiving both equal praise and critique.

Following the movie's release fellow SNL veteran Leslie Jones has announced her departure from popular social network platform Twitter after receiving a barrage of racists insults from faceless internet trolls. Meanwhile, Rory Bruer has proclaimed that there is no doubt in his mind as Sony's president of worldwide distribution that the reboot will produce a sequel. This is despite the foreign box office for the movie having only amassed $18 million, with US box office takings so far having reached the $50 million mark. Considering the movie's final production budget of $144 million, the movie is currently running at a loss. With the recent news that the movie will not be able to depend on the highly lucrative Chinese audience, the Ghostbusters reboot is going to be hard pressed turning its fortunes around to a sizable profit as the dust begins to settle on the storm of needless controversy that this movie has generated both internally and externally.

Although I have yet to see the movie and thus review it, it seems as though the circus of unnecessary social-political name calling is beginning to quieten around the movie leaving us with yet another average movie reboot produced by Sony that nobody ever wanted. It seems as though Paul Feig's Ghostbusters will be sitting alongside 2012's Total Recall, 2014's RoboCop, and both The Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2 (2012 and 2014 respectively).

Written by GavinPublished on 2016-07-20 11:19:12
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11 Fan responses to The Ghostbusters Reboot - The Aftermath!

Patient Leech

Jul-20-2016 12:23 PM

Sony's track record doesn't seem to be getting any better. All of their remake/reboots have sucked. But not just sucked, they suck in a terribly manufactured corporate product sort of way.

G. H. (Gman)

Jul-20-2016 12:33 PM

Regardless of how one feels about the film, I don't see this thing breaking even. Star Trek Beyond AND Ice Age comes out this weekend which is sure to knock it down a few pegs. The weekend after that is Matt Damon's return to the Bourne franchise, so no luck their either.

Comedies are a difficult foreign sell and with a budget of $144 million it will need $288 million to break even. At a present world wide gross of almost $70 million and no help from China, Sony may be looking at a real flop.

For comparison, Sony's Robocop reboot flopped domestically, but it still turned a profit thanks to world wide numbers. I don't see Ghostbusters having enough staying power or international appeal to do the same.

Something Real

Jul-20-2016 5:40 PM

This is bloody terrible! That poor woman should not have been attacked in so horrid a fashion! Why would people do such a thing? I am taken aback by such cruelty. :(

S.M

Jul-20-2016 7:05 PM

It's hardly surprising, though.  She's a woman, she's black, and she's a Ghostbuster.  Perfect target for the brave shitlords.

As for the box office - it's not even been out a week in the US.

Something Real

Jul-20-2016 11:12 PM

S.M - Rise above the name-calling; stand up and realize that you are strong. Only then can the perpetual cycle of anger and attack be broken at its core. Humans are so much better than what we see on the web; there is so much potential. Let us try to make change through positive action rather than aggression.

S.M

Jul-20-2016 11:40 PM

Nah. They're just worthless pieces of crap who get a kick out of hurting people without consequences.

Although, there has a been a couple of cases recently where there has been consequences, which is somewhat heartening.  It'd be even more heartening if Twitter and Facebook shut down more of these people.

Something Real

Jul-21-2016 11:49 AM

S.M -  "Without free speech no search for truth is possible...Better a thousandfold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech. The abuse dies in a day, but the denial slays the life of the people, and entombs the hope of the race."

Charles Bardlaugh

Something Real

Jul-21-2016 11:51 AM

S.M - In the end, it is better to let idiots be idiots and ignore their words rather than rise to them and add more wind to the hurricane.

S.M

Jul-21-2016 2:59 PM

This isn't a free speech issue.

G. H. (Gman)

Aug-12-2016 9:12 PM

Welp... the movie needed $288 million to break even and it's currently stuck at $182.2 million world wide. Sony is expecting a $70 million loss from this one with an "unlikely" attitude about the sequel.

Maybe time to go back to Aykrod's original plan?

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