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).