Seriously, was there ever such an underdog as Paul Feig’s new Ghostbusters movie? At this point, I hope it is good, for it’s own sake. Ever since the announcement of the reboot, this poor movie has fallen under endless scrutiny and been the center of mindless controversy between, well, just about everybody… except perhaps religious groups (thank the gods). If people weren’t hating on the trailers, then it was the racial stereotypes; if it wasn’t that, it was the casting, or the writing, the special effects and I could go on and on. Now, undoubtedly, people will have something else to complain about with the release of the movie’s new rendition of the famous Ghostbusters theme song, featuring Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliot.
The song, entitled “Ghostbusters (I’m not afraid)”, was released today and, as expected, had it’s own twist to the beloved theme. Personally? I really didn’t like it. I think I may hate it in fact. But, in truth, I’m not totally sure what I would’ve expected otherwise. Not that I was expecting to hate it, but rather I just didn’t know what else they would do with a theme song, which, if we’re being 100% honest, is kinda campy and lame anyway, even for it’s time. Don’t get me wrong, I like the original theme, maybe just because it’s an essential to the nostalgia of the original movie, but just take the lyrics…
“When there’s something strange, in the neighborhood, who’re you gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS!”
I mean, it may as well be the sing-along-song to a kids fire safety video or something. So, with that in mind, I won’t go hating on this new song, because I don’t know what else they could’ve possibly done (aside from just using the original).
As I say, at this point, with everything against these guys, I sincerely hope that it defies expectations and turns out to be an enjoyable film. I’m just keeping faith in it’s cast and director at this point… and maybe Bill Murray’s cameo. Take a listen to the new song and let us know where you stand with Ghostbusters and, naturally, stay entertained.
Ghostbusters hits theaters July 14th and stars Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth.