I’ve found all the hullabaloo about the new all-female Ghostbusters reboot to be a little disheartening. A lot of it smacks to me of misogyny, some of it thinly veiled but a lot of it loud and proud about its belief that a comedy starring four women is doomed. I get that people have strong feelings about Ghostbusters from their childhood, but it seems silly to be so dismissive of the new movie without even having seen it. There’s an awful lot of hyperbole floating around about something that is sight unseen beyond a few trailers. Granted, the trailers haven’t bowled me over, but I’d rather have a fun movie that has crappy trailers than vice versa. Ghostbusters isn’t one of my sacred cows – it was an enjoyable yet inessential part of my youth – so maybe I’m just more open to the idea than other people, but I’m willing to give the reboot the benefit of the doubt, especially because of all the people involved. I generally enjoy anything that Paul Feig takes on and trust him enough to not to completely desecrate the memory of a movie from the 80s. He’s got a solid cast to work with in Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, so the tools are there to make a great comedy. Ghostbusters may be a total and compete abject failure, but I’m at least going to give it a chance.
My open-mindedness extended to news that the new Ghostbusters theme song was going to be performed by Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliott. Now on paper, that certainly is a weird combination; at best, that sounds like a good idea from the early 2000s when we were all more into that pop punk/emo vibe that Fall Out Boy exudes. But I’ve learned that even I don’t always see the potential in things and that just because something doesn’t sound appealing doesn’t mean that it ultimately won’t work; putting Doritos on a bagel with cream cheese sounds like a terrible idea, but I assure you that sh*t is straight up delicious. #BallstonBagel
So when the new version of the Ghostbusters theme dropped yesterday, I was more than willing to give it a fair shake, despite all signs pointing to this being a bad idea and an affinity for the Ray Parker Jr. original that surpasses my loyalty to the actual movie that it was the theme for. I was ready to be wowed by the creative genius of the pairing and the innovative reimagining of such impressive lyrics as “Bustin’ makes me feel good.” Alas, the new Ghostbusters theme is just straight up garbage:
OK – straight up garbage may be a little harsh, but that isn’t great. Missy Elliott definitely makes it better, as she makes everything better, but I just can’t with whatever it is that Fall Out Boy is doing with this song. I don’t know if it’s too self-serious, too punk, or just not the right tempo, but I barely got through the whole song. I’ll give them credit for trying to make the song their own, but I kind of wish that they had kept it to themselves rather than sharing it with the world. Repetition is a powerful tool so perhaps this song will wear me down the more I hear it, but right now my first impression, hot take is not favorable. I’m hoping that this will be the only misstep in the reboot, that they got their mistake out of the way with this nonsense so that everyone will get riled up and then the movie will be fine.
I’m not sure when exactly I became a Pollyanna; perhaps my contrarian nature has overridden my usual skepticism and since there is so much backlash against this film I feel the need to defend it or at least not presuppose that it will be bad.
What are your thoughts on the new theme song? Does this make you worried about the film? Do you think it’s great and I’m crazy? Sound off in the comments.