In what has now become classic practice in the age of the internet, a lot of people had made their mind up about the new Ghostbusters movie before any details were announced. What followed with each new nugget of information was more and more vitriol as “fans” of the original Ghostbusters series had decided that before cameras rolled, the new movie would be terrible and a blot on the memory of their beloved 80s series.
This was even further exacerbated when it was revealed that the cast would be entirely women! Four comedians, from SNL alumni, who are proven in many decent movies of their own (like the original four Ghostbusters) but because they have boobs, they can’t carry a proton pack.
By the time Ghostbusters was released, the haters had decided that this movie was destined to bomb and be awful, forever being resigned to movie history and eventually forgotten. That isn’t what has happened though. Ghostbusters was actually good. We at Views from the Sofa loved it and although not everyone gave it five star reviews, it has had many more positives than negatives and hasn’t sullied the name of the Ghostbusters.
At this point you would expect those that were worried about their beloved franchise to think twice. They should be able to relax, buy some popcorn and enjoy another chance to see the Ghostbusters but with updated effects, a fresh story and a new look. This should have been music to any “fans” ears.
This isn’t what has happened though. The same day that the news reported positive reviews for Ghostbusters, news outlets also reported the astonished comments by Ghostbusters haters who couldn’t believe they could have been wrong about the movie.
Two examples below demonstrate how annoyed and then paranoid these “fans” became;
When people aren’t accusing the movie of hiring “bots” to say good things about the film, they instead accuse people of paying the critics for good reviews;
The first line of this post is particularly interesting “the reviews aren’t as bad as we hoped.” This says it all. The people behind these messages weren’t worried about a movie sullying the good name of their beloved franchise, or even that someone dared to make a film without the original Ghostbusters (all of which cameo incidentally), they just didn’t like the idea of a Ghostbusters film at all.
Some of the concerns “fans” would have are understandable and there are franchises which should never be touched or revisited again but the moment that the film does well or actually injects some life into a classic series, the hate should disappear and “fans” of the movies should be flocking to the cinema.
What these comments demonstrate is a plain answer to the main question: No! The haters will never be happy with this movie. Some have already made their mind up and decided that they hate the film without ever seeing it. This in itself is ridiculous. Being a fan of the original movie means there is something to like about this film. It has so many of the classic films tropes that you will definitely get some nostalgic goosebumps. Nevertheless, if you want to ignore it, pretend it doesn’t exist, then fine because it doesn’t affect the original. Nobody will now watch the new Ghostbusters film and forget about the old ones or think less of them because of it. This is just a new film with the same name, not a replacement but an extension. Not even a sequel, just an update.
Overall, the hate and vitriol that was fired at Ghostbusters, even after the movie has been screened with positive reviews, demonstrates everything that is wrong with the internet and “fans.” If a person would rather think conspiracy than just accept they could be wrong, then maybe those people aren’t really “fans” at all, even of the original films they love so much.