The all-female Ghostbusters reboot has been the subject of controversy ever since it was announced, with many questioning the need to remake the 80s classic. The internet fury just got worse after the first trailer was released, with the video quickly becoming the most disliked movie trailer on YouTube ever and bloggers everywhere penning pieces about how the movie was going to be an affront to viewers everywhere.
Astute and open-minded viewers may have noticed something when looking at the new trailers and TV spots that have been released since the first mediocre look at the film, though: it doesn’t actually look like it’s going to be the worst thing in the world. In fact, since that lackluster first footage was released, the new TV spots and information that have come out about the movie have shown a product that appears to be just as clever, campy and funny as the original. So, in honor of the fact that this movie probably will not be the worst thing film has seen since The Ridiculous 6, here are 15 Reasons We’re Excited For The Ghostbusters Reboot.
15. The return of the Stay Puft marshmallow man
As revealed in the film’s most recent TV spot, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man appears to be returning for the reboot film in at least some context. Unlike the original, he doesn’t appear to be the main villain in the film; instead, based on the trailers, it looks like the big bad is a large version of the ghost from the Ghostbusters logo, perhaps conjured into the real world in the same way that the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man was brought up by Dan Aykroyd in the first film.
However, Stay Puft does return in some sense, and, although Feig has remained mum on the reintroduction of the iconic villain from the first Ghostbusters, his appearance in the spot has inspired a lot of discussion on the Internet about how he may have come to be in the film, with many believing that he was actually a parade float brought to life for the Ghostbusters to fight in the final scene. It’s possible, but in order to confirm the full reasoning for the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man’s return, we’re just going to have to wait for the film to come out.
14. The soundtrack
Just like the original Ghostbusters, the new film has quite an impressive soundtrack. The recently released track list includes pieces from artists like DMX, Elle King, 5 Seconds of Summer and even a new song from former One Direction-er Zayn Malik. The soundtrack also features some old hits, most notably DeBarge’s “Rhythm Of The Night.”
The soundtrack also includes the traditional Ghostbusters theme by Ray Parker Jr., as well as three different versions of the famous tune recorded by a variety of different new artists: Walk the Moon, Fall Out Boy ft. Missy Elliott and an accapella cover by Pentatonix. The Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliot version was just released, giving viewers their first listen to the film’s tunes.
The film also seems like it will have a great score courtesy of composer Theodore Shapiro, who wrote music for films like Along Came Polly, The Devil Wears Prada, Game Change, We’re the Millers and more. With a lively soundtrack and a rocking score, the film should soar to the top of the iTunes charts in no time.
With most of the original cast confirmed to be making cameo appearances in the film, it should be a pretty star studded affair. Feig has confirmed that Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts will all appear, but none of them will be reprising their original roles.
Although some viewers may be upset that they can’t see the original Ghostbusters suit up again, the reasoning behind the move is pretty smart: Feig and Dippold didn’t want their characters to just be handed their ghost-fighting technology. Instead, they wanted to give them an opportunity to build it for themselves, a move which meant that this film had to be set in a different universe than the original. Thus, that the old cast had to appear in new parts. However, the two said that should there be sequels to the reboot film, they may be interested in exploring the concept of multiple universes and maybe connecting to the one in which the original film took place. More on that later.
The original Ghostbusters aren’t the only big names slated to appear in the film, though. The film’s IMDb page lists many names familiar to comedy fans as featuring in the movie, including Veep‘s Matt Walsh, Saturday Night Live‘s Cecily Strong and Mom‘s Nate Corddry.
12. The writers (Paul Feig and Katie Dippold) have some pretty impressive film credits.
At this point, you’ve probably heard of Paul Feig. The writer/director/producer has been killing it recently, and his turn writing the Ghostbusters movie should be no exception. Feig’s most famous writing credits include creating the critically acclaimed cult comedy series Freaks and Geeks, for which he was nominated for two Primetime Emmy awards. Feig also penned 2015’s Spy, featuring Ghostbusters star Melissa McCarthy, which showed the actress in a humorous James Bond-esque action hero role.
His Ghostbusters co-writer Katie Dippold, while slightly less well known than Feig, also has a very impressive resume, starting out as a writer on MADtv. Dippold penned 54 episodes of the series from 2006 through 2009. She then started writing for Amy Poehler’s Parks and Recreation, writing seven episodes, before writing the Melissa McCarthy-starring (and Paul Feig-directed) The Heat and the film’s upcoming sequel. Together, Feig and Dippold have proven that they know how to put out a great comedy script.
11. Kate McKinnon
McKinnon has been killing it on Saturday Night Live recently, especially while showing off her Hillary Clinton impression going into the upcoming election, doing even better than the amazing Amy Poehler did with her appearances as the politician. Her commitment to the various characters she plays, combined intense facial expressions and great vocal range, have quickly made her the show’s MVP, even earning her two Primetime Emmy nominations for best supporting actress in a comedy.
Outside of SNL, McKinnon has further proved her comedy chops by appearing on IFC’s The Spoils Before Dying and in films like Staten Island Summer, Sisters and Finding Dory. McKinnon clearly has a bright career ahead of her, and Ghostbusters should be her first big step. Based on the trailers we’ve seen for Ghostbusters so far, it looks like she’s already in great shape to break out from the film, bringing just the right amount of wackiness to her role as scientist Jillian Holtzmann, acting crazy without being overbearing, in a way that only she can.
10. Leslie Jones
Since getting promoted from Saturday Night Live writer to featured player, Jones has proven that she is a comedy powerhouse in more ways than one. The six foot tall comedian has had a long history in the business, starting stand-up in college in 1987 and facing many roadblocks along her way to success. Jones found her calling when she was hired as an SNL writer, though, and she ended up being so great behind the scenes that they decided to bring her on camera.
The move ended up being on the show’s better decisions of recent years, as Jones has quickly proven that she knows how to carry a scene. Jones’ appearances on Weekend Update are often highlights of the segment, and her memorable character acting makes each role she appears in a highlight of the sketch. Although her character hasn’t been highlighted very much in any of the footage released so far, it should be great to see what she can do with a meatier role.
9. Kristen Wiig
Wiig was doing what Kate McKinnon does years before she did, showing off her skills as a character actress on Saturday Night Live through memorable roles like Target Lady, Gilly and Dooneese and spot-on celebrity impressions like Kathie Lee Gifford and Suze Orman. Wiig fully commits to every role she plays, showing off her characters in both her physicality and vocals.
She has also recently started highlighting some of her dramatic chops with films like The Skeleton Twins and The Martian, and showed that she knows how to blend the two genres in 2011’s massive hit Bridesmaids, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe. Wiig was also nominated for an Academy Award for her work on the Bridesmaids script, proving that she can be funny both in front of and behind the camera. Since she has recently become one of comedy’s biggest movie stars, Wiig should definitely shine in her franchise lead role.
8. Melissa McCarthy
McCarthy is quickly becoming the most important actress in comedy, constantly breaking industry barriers in her starring roles in blockbuster hits. McCarthy has been nominated for a number of big name awards throughout her time in the spotlight, including an Academy Award for best supporting actress for Bridesmaids, a Golden Globe for best lead actress for Spy and five Emmy nominations and one win: two nominations and a win for her leading role in Mike & Molly and three nominations for her work as a host on Saturday Night Live.
McCarthy has starred in hit films like The Heat, Identity Thief and St. Vincent, as well as penning the scripts for and appearing in and Tammy and The Boss. She is also set to reprise her role as Sookie St. James in Neflix’s upcoming Gilmore Girls remake. On top of all that, McCarthy is the founder of her own production company, On the Day Productions, with her husband and frequent co-star Ben Falcone, and was named the third highest-paid actress of 2015 by Forbes. The actress has proved again and again that she can carry a film with her great comedic timing and willingness to make fun of herself for laughs, and this should carry well into the Ghostbusters franchise.
7. There’s great chemistry between the leads
With a movie as dependent on group dynamics as Ghostbusters, it’s important that the leads are able to create laughs together. McCarthy, Wiig, Jones and McKinnon have shown this repeatedly through their interviews, proving that they have great chemistry and are able to have a lot of fun together, which usually translates to a funnier on-screen result.
The foursome have also proved their chemistry through various projects that they have appeared in together. McKinnon and Jones have been working very well together on SNL recently, with each shining in every sketch they appear in. This practice playing off each other should fare them well in the film.
Similarly, McCarthy and Wiig proved that they can create great comedy magic together when starring in the Paul Feig-directed comedy Bridesmaids, where the two proved that they can carry a female ensemble to greatness. Together, the four, some of comedy’s biggest rising stars, should be able to take the Ghostbusters reboot to another comedic level.
6. Paul Feig has great past comedy directing credits
Feig has an impressive resume as a director, starting with the drama Life Sold Separately in 1997. He then went on to create cult comedy Freaks and Geeks, directing one episode of the series. He has also directed episodes of Undeclared, Arrested Development, 30 Rock, Mad Men, Weeds, Parks and Recreation, Bored to Death, Nurse Jackie and The Office, taking turns behind the helm of some of the biggest comedy series on television. He earned an Emmy nomination for outstanding directing for The Office episode “Goodbye, Toby” in 2008.
In 2011, he moved into movies, directing Bridesmaids with McCarthy and Wiig. The film was nominated for two Oscars (best actress in a supporting role for McCarthy and best writing for the screenplay by Wiig and Annie Mumolo) and two Golden Globes, including best comedy. He then went on to direct The Heat and Spy, both featuring Ghostbusters actress McCarthy. Feig has proved through years of making people laugh that he knows how to direct a great comedy.
5. Chris Hemsworth
Hemsworth plays the Ghostbusters’ assistant in the film, the equivalent of the character Annie Potts played in the original series. Seeing Hemsworth, best known for playing the mighty Thor, sitting behind a desk answering phone calls (and designing not so tasteful logos) is a situation ripe for comedy, and the scenes featuring his character that we have seen so far in the trailers make it seem like the film is going to use this as much as possible.
Hemsworth, although most well known for his action roles in films like Rush and Red Dawn, has shown more interest in comedy recently and proved that he knows how to make an audience laugh with his memorable appearance in the Ed Helms-helmed Vacation remake in 2015. Ghostbusters should continue to help cement Hemsworth’s breakout as a comedy star, showing that the Australian hunk can act with more than just his muscles.
4. The original cast has said it’s great
The elephant in the room regarding the new Ghostbusters is obviously the extreme negative backlash it has received online, with upset and accusations of ruined childhood putting a huge cloud over the release of the film, making many fans nervous about what they’ll see when they head to the theater. However, there has been some reassurance, as the original cast members have all seen the film and say that it is great.
“It’s a great script, the girls are really funny, there’s a lot of great camaraderie, a chemistry that I think is going to come through on screen,” said Ernie Hudson. “And I think a lot of the criticism will go away once they see the movie, because I think the movie is going to be pretty extraordinary.”
“Apart from brilliant, genuine performances from the cast both female and male, it has more laughs and more scares than the first two films plus Bill Murray is in it,” said Dan Aykroyd. “As one of the millions of man-fans and Ray Stanz, I’m paying to see that and bringing all my friends!”
Even Bill Murray expressed praise of the movie when appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at the beginning of the month, saying “Danny and I, and Annie and Ernie, were just screaming, cheering like we were at a sporting event at the end of it.”
3. The final Times Square fight scene looks awesome.
Teased in some of the trailers, the final fight scene in Times Square looks like it might just be a supernatural action scene for the ages. While there are a number of different theories circulating about what is actually going on in the scene, it’s clear that it should be quite the party to watch.
As some astute viewers have pointed out, it looks as though, in the scene, the ghosts are somehow changing Times Square from present day to the 1970s, as shown through the changing of the billboards to advertise old films like Taxi Driver and Isle of the Snake People. Although this hasn’t been confirmed officially, combined with Feig’s comments about wanting to explore the idea of multiverses, this could help to provide a connection to the original Ghostbusters and could mean appearances by the original cast in their original roles in a possible future installment of the new series. And, even if it turns out that this isn’t what’s going on in the scene, it still looks like it should be just the right mix of fun and chaos that makes for a great movie climax.
2. It takes your favorite parts of the old movie while still bringing it’s own new comedy to the mix.
With the revamped soundtrack, better special effects and the return of fan favorite characters like Slimer and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, the film looks like it wants to give the original a facelift, taking the ’80s hit more towards the present with enhanced visuals and more current jokes. While this can be good, it’s also important for the film to differentiate itself from the original, which it appears to be doing based on the footage that has been released so far. The trailers show a new team of Ghostbusters that bring up memories of the original without getting too close, allowing the new film to stand on its own and attract new fans to the franchise while still being satisfying for those who want to get their fix of the original franchise. Based on what we’ve seen so far, it looks as though the film has struck the perfect balance between reboot and remake.
1. It won’t ruin your childhood.
Look, a lot of the talk around this upcoming Ghostbusters film has been incredibly negative, and everyone knows that. YouTube commenters and bloggers everywhere have alleged that the film is going to “ruin their childhood,” and I’m sure the comments on this article will show more of the same. But I’m going to be completely honest with you: no movie can actually ruin your childhood. No remake is going to ruin your memories of the original film. This reboot, despite what the Internet has led you to believe, is not the end of comedy everywhere and it is not going to cause every single copy of the original Ghostbusters to self-combust. The new Ghostbusters film, whether it turns out to be good or bad, will be what it will be, and the original will remain the same. If you don’t want the new film to ruin all of your memories of the old film, don’t let it. Don’t see it. But if you want to experience something that has the potential to be great, that can stand on its own while also providing a good complement to the original series, then give the new film an honest chance.