The media reaction to Paul Feig’s 2016 gender-swapped reboot of Ghostbusters was absolutely over-the-top and often ugly; still, over a year later, the film’s merits (or lack thereof) continue to be the topics of fierce debate. Feig himself recently Tweeted that he remains proud of his accomplishment, despite what fans, critics, and Rotten Tomatoes have had to say about it.
And it doesn’t stop there; Feig recently sat down for an interview with the folks at Cinema Blend where he continued to maintain that Ghostbusters was unfairly maligned. Here’s what he had to say:
Feig: “I think it kind of hampered us a little bit because the movie became so much of a cause. I think for some of our audience, they were like, ‘What the fuck? We don’t wanna go to a cause. We just wanna watch a fuckin’ movie.’ … It was a great regret in my life that the movie didn’t do better, ’cause I really loved it. It’s not a perfect movie. None of my movies are perfect. I liked what we were doing with it. It was only supposed to be there to entertain people.”
Personally, I think Feig would be best served by moving on, focusing on the future, and leaving Ghostbusters’ legacy for history to decide. I certainly went into Ghostbusters 2016 with an open mind, and objectively felt it was an empty shell, a poor continuation of a classic horror property. But that’s just me!
What did you think of Ghostbusters 2016? Do you agree with Feig, or do you think the film really was, objectively, a dud? Let’s discuss in the Comments section!
Official Synopsis: Paranormal researcher Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) and physicist Erin Gilbert are trying to prove that ghosts exist in modern society. When strange apparitions appear in Manhattan, Gilbert and Yates turn to engineer Jillian Holtzmann for help. Also joining the team is Patty Tolan, a lifelong New Yorker who knows the city inside and out. Armed with proton packs and plenty of attitude, the four women prepare for an epic battle as more than 1,000 mischievous ghouls descend on Times Square.
Ghostbusters stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones.
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