– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Last year saw the release of the female-centric Ghostbusters reboot. While the movie itself was a fun little movie, fans had some real feelings about it long before it even came out. Rather than it just be a movie, it really became a rallying cry for feminists, and some fans fought back against that idea with relish.

So while Ghostbusters ultimately was received by critics as a “pretty good” movie that doesn’t live up to the original, the film ultimately disappointed at the box office, taking in only $229 million worldwide off its $144 million budget.

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Director Paul Feig took a lot of heat during the production and promotion of the film, and now that we’ve had about a year and a half of distance from the film, he decided to speak up about the film, his regrets, and his overall thoughts. Here’s what he had to say to Vulture:

“I think [the cause aspect] 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 f**k? We don’t wanna go to a cause. We just wanna watch a f**kin’ 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.”

On a personal level, I very much enjoyed the movie — likely more than your average viewer, even if I wished it pushed harder for the comedy (I would have preferred an R-rated version). At the end of the day, I felt like no matter how the movie turned out, fans would not have been happy, and they made that clear all too often prior to its release.

What did you think of the Ghostbusters film? Now that there’s some distance, do you think it deserved the hate it got from fans? Let us know down below!

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SOURCE: Vulture

  • Moby85

    I think Feig is being passive-aggressive. Absolutely the film was meant to serve a feminist cause. If you don’t want to make it a cause, don’t make it a cause. If it’s a remake, remake it by hiring actors as close as possible to the originals. An important part of that is, you know, being the same gender. Kinda a big deal.

    Paul Feig should instead stick with new, well-written characters for women. “Bridesmaids” is such an excellent example of that being done right.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      That’s racist.
      Ok, remake it with same characters. Got it.
      Jay Baruchel as Ego? Patton Oswalt as Ray. Kevin Hart as Winston. James Franco as Veikman. Maybe throw Michael Pena as Luis to make it more diversified for NY. And Rosaria Dawson can play some version of Dana.
      There, Ghostbusters remake. What, you need woman ghostbuster? Well, there aren’t too many female plumbers or exterminators, which is what they seemed to be. Maybe instead of a receptionist we can make Janine a specialist in the paranormal and also an engineer who keeps the containment functioning while they are running around. That thing doesn’t just run on batteries. For that role I think Kate McKinnon or Kristin Wiig would have been great.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Title for article should have been “Shitty Director Defends Shitty Movie”.
    I mean, this would be like Spike Lee coming out and saying he wishes Do The Right Thing wasn’t a racially motivated movie so more people could have seen it. He knew exactly what he was doing and felt a backlash and now he has to live with that on his resume.

  • TheOct8pus

    …and the public wishes Paul Feig hadn’t turned Ghostbusters into a movie

  • David E

    What a bunch of crap. He helped make it that way. He blamed negative reviews on sexist trolls.
    To quote Mr. Plinkett FUCK YOU PAUL FEIG!

  • Aline

    That film sucked and was really unfunny. And also, attacking potential viewers is always a stupid move.

  • Kronx

    Had they doubled down on the humor instead of trying to cram an action movie into a paper thin plot, it could have been good. The cast worked well together, and I laughed more than I thought I would.

    But that plot… oh man. That was Steppenwolf bad. And the action stank. There’s a 5-minute “look how awesome we are” montage of the busters fighting ghosts in slo-mo at the end that just bored me to tears. And the big rescue at the end felt forced.

    Everything that wasn’t directly related to a joke was horribly inept.

    It really made me appreciate the original more. That film has almost no plot and basically no villain. But it works so well.

    • SeanDon

      Double down on the humor? Man, I didn’t see any humor in the first one at all. Awkward jokes stepping on each others lines and hilarious wonton call backs was about all they gave us. I did like that we had multiple fart/poop jokes in the movie…made it feel a little more, edgy.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.