ghostbusters slimer

Ivan Reitman recently took to the internet to promote the new ‘Ghostbusters‘ film, standing firmly behind the new film and encouraging others to give it a shot as well before they judge. In a recent interview with Mashable at the ribbon cutting at thew new ‘Ghostbusters: Dimension’ attraction at Madame Tussauds New York, he first spoke about those that feel all the backlash for the film is from fans who do want to see women taking the leads, when the original was all men:

“I think there’s way too much talk about gender [when it comes to this film]. I think that many of the people who were complaining were actually lovers of the [original] movie, not haters of women.”

He goes on to defend those who have been criticizing the new film, claiming that he does not like the opinion that they are merely internet “trolls.”

“Everybody is my audience. Whether they like what I did or didn’t like it…I’ve certainly had my experience with things that did not work. This movie works, [but] no one’s really seen it.”

To explain why the film is still getting such harsh treatment from the online audiences, Reitman points to the first trailer, pointing out it did not represent what the new film was, and confused people into thinking it was a sequel instead of a reboot:

“I think we got off to a bad start. It wasn’t so much that the trailer was bad or terrible. In its minute and a half, it couldn’t represent what the movie actually is… I think the lovers of the [original] movie felt there was some kind of sacrilege to re-do it, because it was a seminal part of their moviegoing experience as a 7- or 8-year-old. That’s something that can’t be minimized, and I totally respect that love… All I am asking is that they give the film a shot. I think it is a very satisfying and wonderful experience on its own [and] I think most people are going to go with it.”

I agree with Reitman that it is unfair of people to judge the movie before it has even come out, or before even reviews have come out. Sure, the marketing may not have been the best at first, but the new PR seems pretty solid, and the cast itself seems funny and well-liked enough to be able to carry the film, so we really should wait for the final movie to come out, and hope that Reitman is correct about it. Until then, feel free to share your own thoughts on the reboot down in the comments section below!

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Nick is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles, who belongs to the privileged few who enjoyed the ending to ‘Lost.’ For more of Nick’s thoughts and articles, follow him on Twitter.