Ghostbusters 2016 has started to receive mixed reviews ahead of its release date from both critics and fans of the original Ghostbusters back in the 80’s.
Most of the time, the original version is always the best but many expect that the rebooted one should come close to compare. For the fans of Ghostbusters 1980, there is nothing to compare about.
Ghostbusters 2016 is not a sequel of the 80’s movie. As director Paul Feig explained, “I know some people are gonna ask why is it not a sequel instead of a reboot? I didn’t like personally the idea of them being handed technology. Here’s how to do this. I wanna see it developed.”
We can go on and on with the differences of the two movies but we will stick with the main points for now.
First of all, Ghostbusters 2016 has an all women crew. Feig decided to replace all male characters in the Ghostbusters 1980 with female and vice versa.
The 1984 film had Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler and Winston Zeddemore. Now, the crew has Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig), Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), and Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones).
There are dialogues in the movie that justify its female star cast. However, The Hollywood Reporter pointed out that Feig’s Ghostbusters had used few lines to show it focused on feminism.
To top all the criticisms received by the movie, the first trailer was reportedly one of the most disliked video in the history of YouTube. According to MyTop100Videos channel’s Most Disliked Videos, Ghostbusters 2016 trailer was viewed 35 million times and already garnered more than 931,000 dislikes.
Meanwhile, The Guardian cited that the only progress that can be seen in Ghostbusters 2016 as compared to its 1980’s version was that Jones’s character, Patty Tolan, was featured in the film’s first trailer.
In 1984, Ernie Hudson and his character, Winston Zeddemore, were completely excluded from the trailer’s actor credits and in the introduction of character.
Ghostbusters 2016 will be released on July 11 and in the US on July 15, 2016.