The Ghostbusters Trailer May Be Bad… But The Movie May Still Be Good

After many months of teasing us with images of the characters, Sony Pictures finally released a trailer of their new Ghostbusters film. I think the folks over there, especially Paul Feig, who wrote and directed it, expected it to be received well and would change the mind of those who doubted the idea that an all female Ghostbusters or making a new film without Harold Ramis, Dan Ackroyd and Bill Murray was a dumb idea.

Well, that certainly didn’t happen! As of this writing, the trailer for Sony Pictures’ new film has a total of roughly 140 thousand likes, which is a lot. But it’s nothing compared to its number of dislikes, which is currently clocking at around 235 thousand! That’s a lot of hate for this new film! A lot of people don’t like what they saw.

If you disregard all of the people who just hate it because the film has Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones instead of Dan Ackryod, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson, it didn’t look that good. Yes, even if you take away all the (presumably) misogynistic hate this new Ghostbusters has, it, in all honesty, didn’t look that good! From the uninteresting and unfrightening ghost designs to the surprisingly not-gritty looking New York City to the lame jokes, the new Ghostbusters film isn’t looking too hot.

And why is everything so green?

And why is everything so green?

But does it really deserve its current level of hate? In my opinion, no. Oh, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be as good as the first Ghostbusters film. But there is a chance it may be, at least as good as the second film. I mean, as much as I would like to say I enjoyed both original films, the second Ghostbusters film where they fought against Vigo was a letdown! I still say this new all female Ghostbusters has a chance to be a decent film. And I’m not saying that because I’m some kind of “social justice warrior”. I’m saying this because, well, the trailer looked bad but that doesn’t mean the film itself is awful!

First off, it’s a trailer! I don’t think Sony and Paul Feig actually showed anything about the film. They decided to keep some things secret. If you watch the trailer again, you’ll notice they only introduce the characters and show bits and pieces of their personalities as well as a few “funny” things to interest possible movie goers. Okay, I do question the clips they picked but that doesn’t mean the entire movie would be as boring as the trailer implies. Besides, has anyone seen the trailer of the original Ghostbusters? It didn’t look all that funny.

There are also a lot of talent in the new film. All of the ladies are pretty good comedians. Melissa McCarthy has proven that she is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to making the funnies time and time again. Kristen Wiig is more than just decent when it comes to comedy. And, while Leslie Jones’ work on Saturday Night Live isn’t something I particularly enjoy, I can totally get why people find her funny.

But, honestly, the possible breakout star of the film may be Kate McKinnon. Okay, she does virtually nothing in the trailer. She also has probably one of the most unfunny lines in it (the one about the wearing a hat and a wig at the same time). But she is just a presence! With her weird hair and really strange and out there fashion sense, she certainly manages to stand out! And I’ve never seen anyone ever lick a proton pack… thingie.

Not as dangerous as crossing the streams but still rather unsafe!

Not as dangerous as crossing the streams but still rather unsafe!

I think most of the anger hoisted on the trailer is how much it doesn’t look and feel like the original Ghostbusters film. Yes, that can be a problem, especially if you consider all of the terrible reboots like Robocop and Total Recall we’ve had recently. But that doesn’t mean this film can’t break the trend. It looks like it’s trying to be its own thing but trying to update the original film’s formula to suit the taste of modern audiences.

In my opinion, the new Ghostbusters trailer looks kinda “meh.” It didn’t really pique my interest all that much but it didn’t look terrible enough for me to get all mad. I’m still cautiously optimistic this new all female Ghostbusters will be good despite the lame trailer.

At least it didn’t look like the God-awful second trailer of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice! Now, that was a dog of a trailer!

Will you still go watch the new Ghostbusters film after seeing the trailer? Let me know in the comments section below!

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2 thoughts on “The Ghostbusters Trailer May Be Bad… But The Movie May Still Be Good

  1. first off, im a ghostbusters fan and a huge kristin wiig fan. i even like ray, but if they cast her as stantz and gave venkman to mccarthy, thats 3 strikes right there (i havent even looked, you know.)

    but what hollywood does best is pander (and theyre not very good at it) and make lame recycled versions of everything, and everyone is tired of seeing the same old crap regurgitated and miss the point. tron legacy looked like it might be cool, but as a tron fan i knew they would take out the entire soul out of the thing and replace it with more effects.

    the latest gimmick for rehashing tired remakes is to hide the obvious behind strong leading female roles. its almost clever, because now if you dont like seeing movies ruined they can say “you just didnt appreciate it because youre sexist.” thats a very cheap shot, and it sells out women in order to shortchange movie fans.

    strong female roles and cynical pandering to strong female roles are never the same thing, so i give hollywood no credit for this. exploit the social landscape to avoid making a good, creative film and get merchandise rights out once again. wiig will probably be alright under the circumstances — i wont spend any money on this film, but i wish her the very best with her next role.

    for the record, kylie griffin was a great addition to the cast of the animated ghostbusters– im leaving out details about which company published what– but it didnt seem like pandering at all. dont forget that most people (including myself) are only watching ghostbusters to be entertained. wiig aside, this just doesnt look like any fun. but do tell us if you see it, and if you have to make any effort to enjoy it.

    • I totally agree with your point regarding Hollywood casting female leads just to make movie with female leads instead of making strong characters who just so happen to be female. However, I’m still willing to give this new Ghostbusters a shot because, in all honesty, the trailer didn’t give me enough to make a well informed judgement if the film will be good or not. The trailer sure didn’t look all that good but, like I said, it didn’t look awful enough to turn me off.

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