Ghostbusters, Reboot Hell: Choose and Perish
I can’t keep my mouth shut anymore. Screw the Ghostbusters reboot! Here come the cries of “Sexism!!!” My issue with this film is not the all female cast. It is with the fact that they are doing it as a reboot. They very easily could have just described this as a branch of the previously established Ghostbusters franchise that happened to be run by a group of women and I would not be aggravated. This does not mean that these women could not be scientists or be coming up with their own fantastic technological advances to make the business better and would have placed them in the same universe as the Ghostbusters fans already know and love.
There have been points in movie making history where a certain magic has been created on the film. Attempts to reboot any of these have almost always resulted in disastrous failure. Examples? Psycho, Rollerball (this one really irked me), and Planet of the Apes just to name a few. I believe that the original Ghostbusters achieved this magical moment. So much so that even the sequel with the same actors could not match it. Rebooting Ghostbusters would be along the lines of attempting to reboot A Clockwork Orange or Citizen Kane. While my fellow cinephiles may argue with me that rebooting a comedy is not the same as rebooting a dramatic classic, let me put this argument to you a different way. I dare someone… I. Dare. Them. to make a reboot of Caddyshack that will even come close to capturing the near perfection of the original. That is what rebooting Ghostbusters seems like to me.
And now I hear there’s talk of rebooting Indiana Jones… Just shoot me now.