When I heard the new Ghostbusters was to feature an all-female cast, I was ecstatic! I’m glad they decided not to make the same movie with the same cast (minus Harold Ramis, sadly). I really enjoy new takes on old stories (like Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie). I’m not a big fan of reboots, but I can appreciate them when they’re a different spin. And when the cast list was released, my excitement only grew. Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Melissa McCarthy?! I can already feel the comedic chemistry. Having only seen McKinnon kick ass on SNL, I can’t wait to see her for longer than the length of a TV episode!
Many however, felt that the gender bending of the cast was “sacrilegious” to the franchise. Some fans may not be into it, but the original Ghostbusters themselves are backing the idea- Bill Murray, when asked about the all female remake said, “I’m fine with it. I would go to that movie, and they’d probably have better outfits, too.” He also said when asked about his dream casting that “Melissa [McCarthy] would be a spectacular Ghostbuster. And Kristen Wiig is so funny — God, she’s funny!” Dan Aykroyd referred to the casting decision as “beautiful news” and that“The Aykroyd family is delighted by this inheritance of the Ghostbusters torch by these most magnificent women in comedy.” So while the ladies have got the original Ghosbusters on her side, there is of course a sexist corner of the internet convinced that by casting females in the film Ghosbusters will be ruined. Below is just one example of many-
It’s interesting how offended these guys are. The original Ghostbusters had ties to SNL, as does the new cast. What are people so afraid of? To admit that women can be just as funny as men? Can they not handle the diversity of the cast? McCarthy’s body type is far from the typical Hollywood ideal, Jones is black, McKinnon is an out and proud lesbian, and 3/4 of the quartet are over 40. Maybe it’s just too much for their little minds to handle.
The fact that director Paul Feig has been given the movie bodes well for me. Feig is behind Bridesmaids (hilarious) and The Heat (haven’t seen it), and Freaks and Geeks (classic) so this isn’t his first time in a woman-centered comedy. He makes female characters actual people in his movies, rather than making us choose between the “sexualized but dumb and/or crazy” and “ugly but funny” categories than movies put women into all too often. Feig has proven to be able to make his female characters seem like, you know, actual people.
Am I nervous for this remake? Yes. They’ve got the attention of a lot of people that are holding high expectations for the film. Am I excited to see it? You better believe it.