In defence of the new Ghostbusters: Why all the vitriol?

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A new version of Ghostbusters is released in July.

From the moment the trailer for the Ghostbusters reboot was released online the hatred has seemed never ending.

Not everyone felt the need to share their thoughts on Paul Feig’s latest offering, but if someone did have something to say it was almost invariably to bemoan what they saw as an awful attempt to cash in on a much loved film for which a remake was wholly unnecessary.

I understand the vitriol. I am of the generation that watched the 1984 original over and over again and even thought the sequel was amazing…at least until I knew better.

But after a second trailer for the 2016 reboot was released earlier this week, it is worth asking the question: Is it really that bad?

Fans of iconic movies often see the source material as sacrosanct and yet we live in an age where remakes, reboots, reimaginings or whatever you want to call them are everywhere.

For every original concept there are five more that seem all too familiar; even the critical and commercial success that was The Force Awakens was basically A New Hope with more jokes and better special effects.

So why has Ghostbusters 2016 borne the brunt of angry fandom more than the countless other rehashes that have fallen short over the years?

After all, I may be in the minority – hell, I know I am – but I actually don’t think the trailer is that bad.

I even laughed a couple of times. There, I said it; I laughed at the trailer everyone says is atrocious.

Ghostbusters: Answer the Call – as it seems to have been rebranded – is happening; it will not go away despite the fan feeling to the contrary.

It is just a shame that so many awful remakes before it have got away so lightly when, let’s face it, their trailers (and their finished products) were considerably worse.