The Angry Video Game Nerd refuses to review the new ‘Ghostbusters’ movie

He says its all in the name of preserving childhood memories, but in reality, this looks like another case of high sodium intake.

This week, popular YouTube video game/movie reviewer James Rolfe (a.k.a. The Angry Video Game Nerd) decided to take a “stand” against Paul Feig’s upcoming Ghostbusters reboot by informing his millions of fans that he’ll neither see nor review the movie when it comes out in July.

Shedding his “angry” persona, Rolfe calmly (and relatively smugly) explained his stance in a six-and-a-half minute video posted on his website,

“The original, which we now have to call the 1984 Ghostbusters, is a timeless classic. It’s one of the greatest comedies ever made,” he said. “But this one (2016), judging from the trailers, it looks awful. So instead of doing what everyone else is going to do – go see the movie and then talk about how bad it is –I’m going to do something different … I’m not going to see it.”

Right off the bat, Rolfe shows that he was probably one of the thousands of salty fans that made the 2016 Ghostbusters trailer one of the most disliked movie trailers in YouTube history. The fact that he’s basing a portion of his decision on the quality of promotional material is troubling, simply because a trailer doesn’t necessarily attest to the quality (or lack thereof) of the final project.

A still from "Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie," in which Rolfe stars as the Nerd.

A still from “Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie,” in which Rolfe stars as the Nerd.

For example, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World had one of the WORST trailers ever assembled for a movie, primarily because it looked like a compilation of out-of-sequence scenes that some rando edited in their basement. Despite that, the movie itself is fantastic. On the flip side, Gangster Squad had an awesome, stylish trailer, but the movie turned out to be a big, stankin’ load.

I’ll admit, the Ghostbusters trailer is far from great, but we should all give it a fair shake before jumping to conclusions. Rolfe himself even says that outside of the trailer, the movie could turn out to be pretty good. However, he continued to give weak reasons on why he’s deciding to skip it.

Ghostbusters is something that a lot of us grew up with, and we wanted to see the original cast back together one last time while they were still alive,” he said. “And then maybe introduce a new, younger cast, work them in, win us over, and then pass it on for a new generation.”

To further illustrate that point, Rolfe used 2009’s Star Trek and last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens (both, coincidentally, directed by noted superfan J.J. Abrams) as examples of movies that still had some connection to characters and situations that bridged the previous entries to the reboot. In other words, they were all about that fan service.

I’m not going sit here and pretend that I don’t buy into a little fan service every now and then. The Force Awakens was 98% fan service, and I ate it up like a hot slice of intergalactic pizza. But again, Rolfe’s reasoning here is a tad misguided.

This Ghostbusters may not have the original cast playing their characters, or a whole lot of callback to previous entries in the series, but that doesn’t mean that those behind the reboot are deliberately trying to eliminate every positive memory that people have about the first two movies.

I assure you that your precious childhood memories will still be intact long after the reboot is released. It’s not like as soon as the new one comes out, Ghostbusters 1 &2 will just disappear into thin air and you’ll all of a sudden forget what they were like.

It’s about time we stopped using “childhood memories” and legacies as excuses for getting so bent out of shape about this movie. It’s just becoming petty, and I think it’s time to face the facts: The new Ghostbusters movie will be a fresh adventure, featuring a new cast, and is primarily directed toward new audiences. The old cast will make appearances, but they are not the focus. It’s as simple as that.

If those things rub you the wrong way, or make you want to get on Twitter and unleash poorly-spelled fury on the filmmakers, then maybe you should follow Rolfe’s example and just skip the movie. Nobody wants to see or hear any of your salt-peppered qualms anyway, so just do us all a favor.

However, if you’re a true fan of the brand, I’ll expect you to check it out come July. That way, we can all discuss it objectively, and not based on unfounded personal opinion.

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