The lead up to the female-lead Ghostbusters last year was a mess to say the least. The anticipation of the concept of the film was high, much higher than I personally ever thought it would be. But then came the trailers and other outside sources that had many pull back a bit. When it came to the film itself, it wasn’t a monster by any means, but it also wasn’t a huge disappointment as expected. It received better than expected responses from both critics and fans, but didn’t hold its own at the box-office. And because of that, director Paul Feig is now speaking out on the kind of success his reboot had.
Unfortunately, the film will be forgotten over time rather than remembered. And because of that, Feig says it’s one of his greatest regrets. While talking with Cinema Blend, he explains his thoughts as to why the movie wasn’t as much of a hit:
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.
Make sense. I mean, Feig is the director, so if this is his reasoning as to why it didn’t do so hot then so be it. I do think he deserves some kind of recognition for admitting that it’s not perfect, because let’s face it, there are a ton of people out there who swear by their own films. I’m sure he does think pretty high of the film, but sadly that’s not reality as it did have a lot of flaws, which is why it didn’t do better than it did.
Any-hoo, what do you think? Did you like 2016s Ghostbusters? Why do you think it was a bigger success? Do you agree with Feig or think otherwise? Head down to the comments and let us know!