Me personally? I was more worried about Paul Feig being the director than the actual cast, who I have no problems with really (except Melissa McCarthy, I tolerate her roles in small doses, not because I don't like her as an actress, but because I feel many of her roles are kind of the same at this point). I love Kristen Wiig (and yes, I admit it, I sort of have a crush on her, don't judge). So, even though I didn't have high expectations, I was REALLY hoping this would be good, because this movie has become a perfect storm because of the first two trailers.
The first official trailer was a mess. It has one of the most lopsided thumbs up/thumbs down ratio in all of YouTube, and Sony has gone as far as deleting user comments, that is usually a big no-no at the YouTubes, because all that does is fan the fire. This trailer was all over the place, and what infuriated most viewers was the beginning, and ending of the trailer, as far as I can tell.
First off, the trailer begins with the caption (and I may be paraphrasing here) 30 years ago, four scientists saved New York. FOUR!?!?!?!?!? If they are referring to Winston Zedmore, he was not a scientist. He was the everyguy that pretty much was there to represent the movie goer. Unless they were counting as canon the Ghostbusters video game from a few years back, that was the spiritual (no pun intended) third movie, where they gave him more of a backstory and actually included elements to his character that were originally in the original film, but was left out for one reason or another. Then again, why count it as canon when it's basically a remake as seen by the trailer. So that was immediately a big red flag. Then came the ultra fake, neon cgi ghosts, the slapstick, the awkward humor, the somewhat off chemistry, and then, the big one. Leslie Jones' character ended up being called a racist stereotype mostly by the same people that at first defended the casting choice of an all female Ghostbusters. She was not a scientist, she joins the team because even though the other three are "smart about science stuff", she knows New York. And to top it off, in a very, very silly moment, where McCarthy was possessed by a ghost, Jones proceeds to smack her back to reality in a very awkward The Exorcist, uhm, parody/homage I guess? Well, that was enough to turn the hatorade levels to eleven. And then the international trailer hit.
Deep, down inside, part of me still wants this to work, but admittedly even though this is just a trailer, things are not looking too good with this film, because again, as I mentioned before, it has become a perfect storm because things are boiling down to two options:
A- Hate the movie and be a misogynist.
B- Love the movie and be a racist.
And it;s a real, shame, too, because even with this cast, with a different angle, it had so much potential. And I think that if this movie fails, it won't be because it was a woman thing or a race thing. It was a Hollywood thing. As you may know by now, critics and even filmmakers are predicting super hero/comic book movie fatigue, and every time that happens, a big movie comes out and shatters those expectations (Deadpool, anyone?). But you know what I've been noticing? People are becoming more fatigued with reboots than they are with comic books movies.
And I'm not talking "soft reboots" like Star Wars, Creed, and Jurassic Park were. I'm talking Robocop. Total Recall. Hell, even as far back as Conan and Fright Night. It looks like the same way movie goers are embracing something like comic book movies still, they are slowly, but surely, rejecting reboots of classic movies that quite frankly, did not need a reboot. And thus, dear readers, we finally arrive to the point of this blog!
As you know by now because of my list of DC and Marvel comics I would change if I were in charge, I like to daydream and think "what if....?" So, let's brainstorm a little and just play "what if..?" for a little bit. Let's start with what I would draw inspiration for the plot.
This would be Ghost Busters 3, unless you want to drop the numbers and rename it something else, like Ghostbusters Forever or something. In this little movie, ghost busting isn't much of a big deal anymore, since there hasn't been much apparitions and reality shows like Ghost Hunters have desensitized people to ghosts.
Instead of Egon being kind of the fatherly, professor figure, it would be Ray. He will mentor a group of four people from different backgrounds that have to learn how to work together to save the city. Let's say we split the group evenly, a POC, a latino, and two females, only instead of a guy in a wheelchair, let it be a woman in a wheelchair. They'd come together in a similar way they came together in Extreme Ghostbusters: ghost busting is not lucrative anymore, so everybody goes their own ways, and Ray stays behind trying to study ghosts some more, and recruits four students to help him. And here is where I draw inspiration from Real Ghostbusters.
One of my personal favorites of the Real Ghostbusters is the episode Ragnarok and Roll, where a guy was so heartbroken by being hurt by the woman he loves, he actually decides the world must end because there is too much pain in the world, and sets out to perform the Symphony of Destruction, to bring the world to an end!!! Instant. Epic.
Now, for the sake of adaptation, let's say it's a man that has lost his family, and since ghosts really aren't around anymore, he can't even hope to see them again even as ghosts. He sets off this series of events that set lose apparition after apparition in his quest to find the flute that's tuned to play the Symphony of Destruction (God, that is such a bad ass title for a symphony!). Ray has to saddle-up the group of four students to take care of business one more time, on a bigger scale than the previous two movies. Sounds good? Yes? No? In any event, on to the cast and what not.
If there's someone with a proven track record of solid adaptations, mixing comedy with hints of adventure/darkness, as shown in Kick Ass, X-Men: First Class, and Kingsman: The Secret Service, it's Vaughn.
That's a no-brainer as to why!
It would totally rock to see him kind of like the new Egon on the team and being the brains behind the newer equipment. What, too old to be a student? You're NEVER too old to be a student! :)
She was awesome as Negasonic Teenage Warhead on Deadpool, she would be interesting as a genius that also happens to be an expert on the occult.
An alum from Vaughn's Kick Ass, I'm sure she could pull off being a paraplegic athlete that;s wheelchair bound. Kind of like a young Batgirl/Oracle.
He's part latino and has said he loves roles that challenges him, how about being a wise cracking latino in a Ghostbusters movie?
I think that if there's one actor that can pull off being the tormented soul that wants to bring the world to the end, yet have people empathize with him and even get a few laughs from him, it's Gary Oldman.