In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Ivan Reitman who directed the first two Ghostbusters movies reiterated his support for the new film and gave his rationalization for the reaction the Paul Feig-directed film has received: “[The backlash] surprised me a little bit, but then I realized many of the people who are writing were about eight or nine years old when the 1984 Ghostbusters movie came out. It was kind of a seminal moment in their lives,” said Reitman. “Look, it’s a nice compliment to me that the film has sort of held up for them as an important cinematic experience in their lives.” I wonder how long it will take before someone triggers and claims Ivan Reitman is just trying to “placate” or “whitewash” the misogyny inherit in the Ghostbusters’ fandom.
And we have a winner folks! Even the director of the original movies gets it. I think this movie represents too many Hollywood “sins” of late. The sin of reboots instead of an original concepts or story, the sin of identity switching, the sin of milking a classics franchise for a cheap buck. And people have become fed up with Hollywood’s lack of creativity and endless gimmicks. This movie is simply the wrong project at the wrong time, and disgruntled/disappointed fans and movies goers decided enough is enough. It is even more of a slap in the face when they could have easily made it a soft reboot and the third film in the original trilogy just by simply modifying the script. It simply looks like a bad movie trying to capitalize on name alone. Much like most movie and TV series reboots we get these days.