Ghostbuster (2016, reboot)

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  1. Mububban

    Mububban Administrator Staff Member

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    Lots of reboots make me shake my head and question "why?" but I for one am looking forward to this new reboot of Ghostbusters, due for release next year. The original is one of the movies I watched the most often as a kid, whenever we'd go to the video store I'd ALWAYS borrow Ghostbusters (which drove my sister crazy :D

    Apparently it's going to be a new standalone movie, not continuing on from the storylines of the original movies. Although nearly all the surviving cast members from the original are going to make cameo appearances, but not as their original characters. For example, Dan Akroyd is going to be a cab driver.

    And for anyone who hates the idea of a female-centric reboot - if Dan Akroyd and Ivan Reitman think it's an excellent idea, please explain why exactly it bothers you? Seeing as nearly all movies are male-centric, why not share things around? Just because something has always been done a certain way, doesn't mean it's the only legitimate way.

    ‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot May Be Better Than Original Says Aykroyd
     
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    ... read the article, and I'm not buying the hype.
    I think the movie has 'flop' written all over it. The original Ghostbusters movie was released in 1984, which was one of the biggest years ever for great movies.
    IMDb: Most Popular Feature Films Released In 1984
    You can't bring back the magic of movies like the Ghostbusters. Actually, for being such a very long time ago, I remember the movie theatre I saw Ghostbusters at, and the girl I went with.:D

    As for female-centric/female leads in movies... they don't make them often because not enough folks go and see them. Since half the population is female, women aren't exactly crazy about them either. Besides Silence of the Lambs, and Alien, I can't recall too many blockbuster movies that feature a woman in the starring role... as for female-centric comedies, Bridesmaids was pretty funny.:)
     
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    Cascador Who's Anakin?

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    I have no problem with female-centric films, but this idea just bothers me as it isn't creative. Instead of coming up with a new idea for a film with that's female-centric, they just reboot an older successful film replacing the cast with females. That's the best they could come up with? That's just sad, imo. I have no doubt the film will be entertaining to a point, but it will never be amazing as the original Ghostbusters. That was a new creative idea, with a funny cast, a funny script that was just the perfect formula to make it something special. This won't have that, because it's already been done. That's why I'm saying, try something new. Surprise me! But no, something new wouldn't be guaranteed money. That's why reboots and remakes are popular.

    It's the same they do with superheroes. Supergirl is just created from Superman and I believe so is powergirl. Batgirl is just created from Batman. You get all these female equivalents from already created male superheroes, which is just lazy writing imo. Hell, they even just change the gender. Thor for example is now female. Give me characters that stand on their own legs and weren't created from their male equivalents.
     
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    Firiath Halfling barbarian

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    Yes, yes, and yes. I've got the bad feeling that they'll just re-do Ghostbusters with jokes about make-up, styling, and menstruation. And if they re-do it the way they should, showing that female characters don't have to centre around these stereotypically female aspects, and that they work just the way male characters work, well, then it's just going to be the same film, but with a modern setting. Either way, pretty lame.
    I'm willing to give the film a chance, but I sure as hell won't watch it at the cinema. Because if I did and anything like "it ruins my hair!" or "she's gotta be on her period!" came up, I'd start screaming loudly and that isn't appropriate behaviour for a cinema hall.
     
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    I'd have to +1 what Firi and Anakin said (sorry I can't call you cas it sounds wrong :p).

    Honestly what they are doing sounds like the movie spin-off that should have been done in the 80s right after the first one came out. It's been 30 years since the first (GODS I feel old saying that) and honestly things have changed. Heck even the old ambulance now wouldn't even be recognised as one easily.

    Eh I dunno I too really wish Hollywood would just get off the band waggon of old classics and make some new stuff; based on/inspired by sure - but do your own thing and leave old things alone. At least then writers/directors are free to do what they want with the film rather than slaving it to tired old quips and gags and themes recycled from the first and put in not because it works; but more because they feel they must.


    All female films - all for it. Female centric casts - sure no problem! But copy-cat females doing what the guys did - save it for the spoof/spinoff at the time not 30 years later :p
     
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    I agree, I'd rather see good original ideas being funded. However, reality TV and reboots are what we have in this day and age. Boo. Although I hope this one does well.

    This link seems to argue that you are wrong:

     
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    Yeah but those movies are about relationships, and there's way too much dancing in them, or a chubby girl falls in love with a ridiculously cute guy, has her heart broken... but right at the end she gets together with a goofy guy that's just right for her.
    I'm sure not going to watch those movies. Though I did like Spy with Melissa McCarthy, that was a funny movie.
     
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    The problem with most "love" films is you kind of already know the ending before its even started. You know someone is going to fall in love with someone and then encounter barriers and then either push through or meet Mr Right again (And Mr Right is going to be at least one of the guys on the front cover/promotional posters).

    Be nice to see one where the star doesn't get anyone at the end!
     
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    That doesn't mean we have to like it. That's part of the problem with these reboots, remakes. They're feeding us garbage and people watch them anyway, so they'll continue to make garbage because it makes money, Hollywood itself isn't the only problem. It's us as well. Michael Bay makes another Transformers film. Huge complaints on the internet, Surprise surprise it becomes a huge blockbuster. So he'll make more of them, because despite the many complaints people go see these movies anyway. I sure as hell don't and I won't be watching this either. Just a waste of money. Though I get the feeling it will do reasonably well, because it's feeding off from the original Ghostbusters.
     
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    The thing is the Hollywood machine is good at spinning a sale. Tailers are good enough to get people in the cinema - sure these films are short lived; but so long as they can survive on the box-office and average DVD sales they'll do well.

    Thing is there is nothing wrong with action flicks - the annoyance comes when they "dirty" previous franchises (which mostly only affects older generations who are not the prime target audience anyway); but its a problem when its all the machine puts out - leaving less "serious" or well written stuff for the rest of us .
     
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    They are rebooting too much stuff for the sake of it.

    They remade Robocop. They remade Total Recall. They have rebooted Start Trek (I think those are fine movies, but they are not Star Trek for me). They have rebooted James Bond (I think those are not-good movies and not James Bond for me). They are remaking Nosferatu (1922).

    WTF???

    If they are just going to recycle ideas, they could convert books to films. At least the illiterate masses would be exposed to something new on screen.
     
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    The first full trailer has arrived:




    I'll give it a chance. I love Ghostbusters and hope this new version will be a worthy addition to the franchise.
     
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    I'll wait to hear how it was first
     
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    I think James Bond is an exception, because in this franchise they have recast Bond so many times and no doubt it will happen again. I don't mind as long as these films retain a certain quality. Now I liked Skyfall and Casino Royale with Daniel Craig. Didn't like the others that much, but not all Bond films with the other actors weren't that great either, so it wasn't the actor's fault. I don't think Daniel Craig makes a very good Bond. It's not how I see him in the books, but hey I enjoyed Casino Royale very much, so I'm not complaining.
     
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    I'd have to agree James Bond is a franchise rather than a reboot although the Craig films did begin at the start again, I thought this however was to his gain rather than detriment for a new actor playing Bond . As far as the reboot Ghostbusters, like many of the other reboots I can't bring myself to watch it.
     
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