Remakes already have a high bar to clear. A remake of a movie like Ghostbusters has a higher than usual bar. But all this extraneous sexist nonsense means it has to be undeniably as funny as one of the most beloved comedies ever made. Or else. And the “or else” here is serious business. Specifically, it means it will be even harder for women to anchor tentpole movies or head comedies (never mind that McCarthy has proven she can open a movie over and over). It’s already an environment in which CBS reportedly declined to pick up a Nancy Drew series because it “skewed too female.” Where the concerns of a toy companychanged the sex of a Marvel villain. And on and on. It’s an impossible situation.
Again: How did it come to this? Maybe that’s the wrong question. Maybe we should consider this: The roll-out for the Ghostbusters remake didn’t create all this sexist animosity so much as it has exposed what was already there.
And his commenters are super-fun, because this goes from zero to WELL ACTUALLY faster than anything I’ve ever seen:
As I said yesterday in the comments for the article about the new trailer – the worst part of this is that it looks like a sarcastic/snarky “spoof” of the original. Ghostmockers. Every bit of dialog is “joking the joke” in this. It has nothing to do with genders. Paul Feig is an agenda-driven attention whore. and a terrible director. He’s the female-centric Brett Ratner. it’s like his driving ambition is “why can’t women have fart jokes and casual racisim too??!!” Listen to the dialog in the trailers. It sounds like it was written by Donald Trump, and none of the actors had any natural ability or leeway to improvise – which is what made the original work. It’s like the hired Paul Feig to do Gender-Centri PR for this movie, but it was really made by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer.