Now I remember the first Ghostbusters when it came out in 1984. It was a cool movie in a time when it seemed that a new cool movie came out just about every week. To a memorable movie in the mid 1980’s took real effort and the Ghostbusters pulled it off. To make it clear what I’m talking about, here’s the trailer from 1984.
Never mind the movie, the trailer is funny and you are laughing right from the start. The trailer did it’s job and sold the movie.
Now the new Ghostbusters movie. I hadn’t been paying any attention because frankly I wasn’t that interested. I did think that a woman Ghostbuster team could be made to work, but I didn’t pay any attention to the buzz. Then the trailer came out.
Now I don’t know if the women in this thing are smart and funny. A lot of people seem to think that they are. None of that showed up in the trailer. It’s as if marketing was going out of their way to sabotage this movie. Along with the movie’s writers. Frankly if what I’ve seen so far is indicative of the writing in this more than likely huge turkey, then the writers should give their pay back. Frankly I can’t see a stereotype or trope that wasn’t used. I’m sorry, I know a lot of women scientists, engineers and Subway workers and none of them act like this. Everything here is just wrong. It’s stuff so old that it’s not even funny.
What’s funny is that a lot of feminists were making a twitter fest about how this movie was sticking it to the patriarchy. Well if the trailer is any indication, the movie is sticking it to somebody and it’s not the patriarchy. Especially since the NAGs seem committed to try to defend this in the face of just how bad it is. There’s a book out about how the John Carter movie was sabotaged by Disney’s marketing people. If that was sabotage this is self detonation.
The movie won’t be out for months and this trailer has already shown us that that it’s full of unlikeable stereotypes where we expect funny characters and given almost nobody except the feminists any entertainment. A group that I doubt is large enough to pay the $500 million that’s going to be needed to make this turkey fly. I suspect that Mr. Fieg’s career is over. I hope that the writers’ careers are over and I hope that Columbia fires the marketing team that came up with this before they do even more damage.
The biggest screams? Those of the harpy brigade as they chase after any and all that the said this trailer with their usual charges of male privilege, sexism and misogyny.