An effort to like more things in this world

Published 7:01 am Sunday, June 5, 2016

“We should all like more things.”

I don’t remember if those are the exact words my friend spoke a few years ago or if it was some variation of this phrase, but the thought and meaning behind it has stuck with another friend and me since.

That sentiment has been in my mind a lot lately as I’ve skimming through the black hole that is Facebook.

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Which brings me to Exhibit A: the upcoming “Ghostbusters” movie. The hate over the reboot of the beloved franchise has reached historic levels, with the films first trailer garnering the most dislikes ever.

And while my first instinct was to jump on the hate ghostwagon after the first trailer left a sour taste in my mouth, I waited. Then the second trailer came out, and my view of the film has slowly softened.

In fact, I found myself growing more supportive of the movie with each online display of blind hatred for the movie.

A tepid, cautious response is to be expected. For starters, Hollywood does not need to remake every movie and idea under the sun, which has been a rampant theme of late. It’s getting harder to think of movies that haven’t been remade than it is to think of ones that have.

And “Ghostbusters” is a beloved classic with staunch fans. “Ghostbusters” was my first obsession as kid. I loved it. I watched it every chance I got. I watched the cartoons.

If someone asks you if Bill Murray is a god, you say, “Yes!”

My gut instinct was to unleash the blind “they’re ruining my childhood” rage. But then I watched the newest trailers with fresh eyes and realized that’s what most people are doing — hating the concept of it being at all. They’re not even giving the new film and characters a fair chance.

And many have speculated that people are simply hating the idea of the all female team of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones is another reason for the excessive hate, which is just stupid and petty.

Frankly, I’d much rather watch these women than some collection of Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, James Franco and Craig Robinson. Criticize me if you will, but you know a studio seriously thought about this, and it’s even been discussed online.

Original star and co-writer Dan Akroyd saw the new film and called it “brilliant” and dropped hints at a big cameo.

Akroyd’s vote of approval means more to me than the thousands of hate-mongerers online.

Give things a chance people. And if you hate it, oh well. Life goes on. Focus on something you like and be happy instead.

Am I going to like as much as my beloved childhood obsession? No. No film is likely to live up to it. But it will still be fun to return to that story.

The sentiment stands: People would likely be much happier if they simply liked more things — or at least spent more time focusing on the things the like.