Controversy seems stuck to “Ghostbusters” 2016 as the reboot’s new theme song also received its fair share of criticism.
Fall Out Boy remade the original theme song with a guest rap by Missy Elliot, News.com.au reported. Yet would it stand up to the version released by Ray Parker Jr with the original “Ghostbusters” movies, the publication pondered. Sadly, it might have missed the mark, as the publication described early reviews of the remake as “savage.” Polygon compared it to the infamous Vanilla Ice song “Go Ninja, Go Ninja, Go!” for “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2.”
Dirk Libbey of Cinemablend wrote that it “barely qualifies as music.” He admitted to his earlier anticipation about Fall Out Boy’s role in the reboot’s new theme. Libbey surmised the band was the ideal choice to do it given the “silly” reputation of the original theme song but his anticipation ceased when he heard the remake.
“What is this amelodic nightmare fuel? The song keeps repeatedly telling me that it’s not afraid, but now I’m scared. In fact, that single phrase is a perfect example of the problem. It’s trying way too hard,” Libbey wrote.
“The classic line used in the original version is ‘I ain’t afraid of no ghosts.’ It’s a line spoken by an overly cocky Ghostbuster who is confident in their abilities, whether or not they really should be. ‘’m not afraid,’ says something different. It’s somebody trying to convince themselves that they’re not afraid, and they’re obviously lying to themselves,” Libbey added. However, varied reactions among YouTubers could raise hope for the reboot. To date, the verdict is far better than the reception of the movie’s trailers. Thus, could this indicate people’s willingness to give the movie a chance?
Consequence of Sound published the official soundtrack listing for “Ghostbusters” 2016 and fans would be happy to know that Parker’s version is included. Asterisk-marked songs do not appear in the film, the publication noted.
WALK THE MOON – “Ghostbusters”
G-Eazy X Jeremih – “Saw It Coming”
Elle King – “Good Girls”
5 Seconds Of Summer – “Girls Talk Boys”
ZAYN – “wHo” *
Pentatonix – “Ghostbusters” *
Wolf Alice – “Ghoster” *
Fall Out Boy (Feat. Missy Elliott) – “Ghostbusters (I’m Not Afraid)”
Mark Ronson, Passion Pit, & A$AP Ferg – “Get Ghost”
DMX – “Party Up (Up In Here)”
DeBarge – “Rhythm Of The Night”
Muddy Magnolias – “American Woman”
Beasts Of Mayhem – “Want Some More”
Ray Parker Jr. – “Ghostbusters”
It’s been an uphill battle for the reboot since news of its all-female cast broke out. However, supporters are hopeful that skeptics will realize the reboot’s brilliance in the end. Listen to the “Ghostbusters (I’m Not Afraid)” from Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliot.