Hey, have you heard about this? I mean the new Ghost busters remake. The one with the all female cast. A remake, if I am to hear it right with no ties what so ever to the original, just plop. An all female cast.
OK, a remake is one thing, but the gender swap is quite another. I have absolutely no issue with an all female cast, I’m all for women kicking ass and taking names. Ghost ass, terrorist ass, mutant ass, doesn’t matter much to me as long as it’s getting kicked. But why just flip it?
Couldn’t we have modernized the franchise with the daughters of the original guys? Maybe down because of the recession, dusting off the old blasters and traps and doing something innovative in this yuppy infested time we call the new millennium? Maybe a few cameos and all that? No? But why?
One school of thought on the matter is that the original did not have any relatable characters for girls. -_- Really? I personally loved Venkman and Spengler. By the logic of that school, if we can call it that, I should have felt completely alienated by both, right?
In case you aren’t familiar with the original franchise, neither of them were women and if we are gonna look at this from a standpoint encompassing all prejudices, neither of them were black or had any Caribbean ancestry, as far as the story told us. So by rights, being a small female child of Afro-Caribbean origins I really, really, should not have been able to relate.
But I did, with the nerd and the smart mouth and the just general having of a brain that is off kilter and the whole nobody getting it. These things are not gender specific, so that definitely could not be it.
This could, however, be a symptom of a syndrome that has absolutely nothing to do with anything gender related. A syndrome that many of us wouldn’t be unaware of, unless we read an array of young adult fiction, fantasy and/or you know…anything at all from the time before people just circulated generic how-to’s for writing, or were born in the 80’s and before.
Hollywood has run out of ideas. Completely and totally blocked, they are. Suffering from severe IDS: Imagination Deficiency Syndrome. Now with a lack of original thoughts, these guys are just remaking all the classic stuff that we love, or that our parents loved, with a spin that someone with an eye towards some archaic liberal studies course told them we all wanted. Being all either, feminist, race sensitive, politically motivated towards correctness, or just plain bonkers for cliches.
It’s the stuff nightmares are made of , if you did any of that reading stuff we were talking about, and developed a sense of self not completely predicated on a single character, social or physical trait.
So what’s the solution? I for one think it rests squarely in our hands. In what we embrace, in our criticisms, in our general feedback on the movie industry and the mangled versions of the things we love that they put out there. We must not, I say, sit idly by as our youthful idealism is slaughtered before our eyes, in the name of some odd idea that the entire entertainment industry needs to pander to one group or the other, who may or may not be relevant because of just how loudly they can tout themselves.
These are the trapping of lazy folks with way too much money at their disposal. They seem more in touch with their formulas and their monetary projections than their audience or the underground from which sprang these classics in the first place. These folks could use a power washing of their offices, which would flush them and their bureaucratic malarkey right out of our lives.
Will I see it? Most likely, I’m a teacher, with a “Household”, you don’t gotta ask me twice about a movie night. Will I love it? God I hope so, as I really do hope that even a fraction of the original wit went into it. Do I agree with the decimation of classic film for the sake of them making a quick buck instead of bringing out new and fresh things to capture me? Hell no.
So who’s with me? Are we ready to make the studios sit up and realize that piracy of this nature won’t do anymore?