The disaster that was the Ghostbusters all-female reboot of 2016 would have been a hard lesson if the people who benefited from it most were capable of learning lessons.
Even before the film was released, it was already generating some severe outrage from fans of the franchise. Not only did it pop up in the middle of the all-female reboot craze — which had already garnered a horrific reputation for being anti-male in its ultra-feminism — the movie itself was a horrific mess of unfunny jokes and feminist politics.
The social justice wing of the left couldn’t handle the rejection of a movie that was supposed to be worshiped for its feminism and began openly lashing out at fans. One Washington Post writer called people who disliked the film “virgin losers.” Director Paul Feig called its haters “man-babies.”
People had given up the franchise for lost, but then some good news came. Jason Reitman, son of the original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, said he was going to do a Ghostbusters reboot of his own that pretty much pretended like the 2016 version never happened.
“We are, in every way, trying to go back to the original technique and hand the movie back to the fans,” Reitman said during an interview.
Now, the trailer is finally here.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
I’m trying not to rush to judgment, but I’m already psyched about this movie. It has actors that I love, a plot that makes sense, and characters that are already bound to have more development than “Am woman, is Ghostbuster.”
Upon the announcement for this movie, the SJWs had already begun losing their minds. Even Leslie Jones, who starred in the 2016 reboot, couldn’t hold back her anger over the fact that her feminist reboot got swept under the rug.
“So insulting. Like f*ck us. We [don’t] count. It’s like something Trump would do. (Trump voice) ‘Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeers, better with men, will be huge. Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers’ ugh so annoying. Such a dick move. And I don’t give f*ck I’m saying something!!” tweeted Jones.
But with the release of the new trailer, the social justice warriors are melting down. As you can imagine, they’re finding all sorts of ways to be mad about it.
Fuck that Ghostbusters trailer. You don’t reward regressive fanboys – many of whom created an atmosphere of racist, mysoginist toxicity that led to a leading lady leaving this very platform – by MAKING THE VERY FILM THEY WANTED IN THE FIRST PLACE
— james (@jamesjammcmahon) December 9, 2019
"What if Ghostbusters but also Super 8?"
— The Marvelous Da7e Gonzales (@Da7e) December 9, 2019
lmao of course Ghostbusters: Afterlife is about family and lineage and legacy and all these other fucking white patriarchal American values. It's literally a reaction to the idea of 4 women, including one Black woman. The franchise must assert its "REAL" predecessor.
— 𝚑𝚒𝚜𝚙𝚊𝚗𝚒𝚌 𝚙𝚒𝚡𝚒𝚎 𝚍𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚖 𝚐𝚒𝚛𝚕 (@mathewrodriguez) December 9, 2019
I love Ghostbusters 2016. And while I WANT to be excited for the new film (and Paul Rudd who is perfect, always) it's hard to let go of the bitterness towards the REAL FANS that acted horrifically toward the last film, cast, crew and fans.
I don't want them to have nice things. https://t.co/zsQhYthM20
— Intellectual Duck Web 🍺 (@pixelkitties) December 9, 2019
the problem with movies like this is that guys like jason reitman are making movies for white men age 30-50 but starring kids, because they think "a new generation" wants to see a new ghostbusters. they don't. only white men age 30-50 want to watch this.
— josh cinnamon cokeville (@joshbelville) December 9, 2019
This Ghostbusters cast is white af pic.twitter.com/lDCBDBH9fV
— Jason Payne @ PAXU (@Grapplnpolymath) December 9, 2019
I'm mad at the whiny little fanboys who are still bitching about Ghostbusters: ATC three years on. I'm mad that women have been so consistently sidelined, ignored, or attacked. I'm mad that we now have to hear how it's really about integrity in ghostbusting or some shit.
— The Notorious LHB (@lhbizness) December 9, 2019
"Ghostbusters reboot but they're all girls!"
*middle-aged fanboys throw a pissbaby shit fit*
"Okay, we heard you. We're doing another movie in the original continuity"
*Ghostbusters with kids*
Bravo. I hope fanboys choke on their own bile.
— Jeeg @ Midnight Blue (@DogBarkingBees) December 9, 2019
Somebody explain to me why doing a new ghostbusters with Paul Rudd is ok but fanboys lost their minds when it was 3 women …
— Michelle – Free(Read and)Write (@FreeReadnWrite) December 9, 2019
It would be one thing if they were making this like Bill and Ted 3- same cast, a new and logical progression of characters.
But this is being made to shut up the incel fanboys still butthurt that those women could be ghostbusters.
— IronBoomer @MFF (@IronBoomerSTL) December 9, 2019
So the new Ghostbusters movie is just a knock off of Stranger Things that caved to all of the toxic fanboys?
Cool. Cool, cool, cool.
Glad to see a movie that isn't derivative at all.
— Nicole is still thinking about Knives Out (@NicoleLuckless) December 9, 2019
I find a few points about their saltiness interesting.
For one, I see that many of them are mad because this movie seems to depart from the comedic feel of the original 80’s movies. I’d say “fair enough,” but some people who are angry that they didn’t stick true to the original, while the 2016 Ghostbusters movie didn’t even occur in the same universe as the 80’s movies and the crude-ish humor that made the movie so funny was ditched in favor of jokes about wonton soup and political messaging.
This 2020 Ghostbusters takes place in the same universe and seems to revolve around the legacy of the original foursome in a world where ghost attacks are a real threat. There appears to be a more serious tone, but comedic moments are still there.
Also, I see complaints about the fact that women have been replaced with a reboot starring kids.
Well, yeah. This move makes total sense.
Many of the people who are fans of Ghostbusters were kids when they were first immersed in the world of the franchise. Since this film is a love letter to those fans, it makes sense that the movie would feature main characters that are experiencing this world at the age the fans were when they enjoyed it.
Reboot doesn’t necessarily mean “remake.” A series can pick up where it left off decades ago and be a reboot. A continuation of the story and a further glimpse into the world people loved to immerse themselves in. The 2016 Ghostbusters was a “remake” but unlike the 80’s version, the writing was lazy and was made for messaging purposes. Nobody asked for that and even voiced opposition to it, so when nobody liked it, nobody should have been surprised.
But we did want more Ghostbusters, and nobody specified that it had to be the exact same flavor of the originals. In fact, fans of the original series would probably not expect it to be the same product. Harold Ramis passed away, and his comedic genius was a large part of why Ghostbusters was successful. Bill Murray is likely not going to be able to bring the same “oomph” to the film as he used to. Rick Moranis has already voiced the idea that he’s not going to come back for the 2020 reboot just as he expressed zero interest in the 2016 remake.
We’ll probably never see the Ghostbusters of the 80s again, and that’s okay. We don’t need it to be replaced. I’d venture to guess that many of us fans don’t want it to be replaced.
What we want is a movie that continues the story with a loving hand that understands and serves the fandom that loved it so much. It looks as if we’re going to get it, and that should be a good thing. If the SJWs are mad about that, then that tells me they weren’t really fans of Ghostbusters, but more just fans of their own politics.