Is the new Ghostbusters trailer really that bad?
It’s been a week since the trailer for the much-talked about Ghostbusters remake dropped, and the dust is starting to settle after the initial reactions from hoards of nostalgic fans.
Unfortunately for the film-makers, the Internet has spoken and has passed the verdict of ‘yet another classic childhood favourite ruined,’ well that’s if the trailer’s YouTube feedback is anything to gauge by. The trailer’s current standing is 197,000 likes to 475,000 dislikes. Ouch.
It’s been nearly over 30 years since the first film in the Ghostbusters franchise, an American supernatural comedy film, first hit the big screens. The original film was a commercial box office success and was applauded for its comedy and special effects. The follow up, Ghostbusters 2, was also well received.
Although there were always plans to make a third film, disinterest in the project from Bill Murray (the film’s leading man) led the studio to rethink its tact, deciding instead to reboot the series with a gender-flipping impact.
Now starring an all-female cast of Kirsten Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, the former roles of Peter, Ray, Winston and Igon are recognisable, but updated.
By watching the trailer, it’s pretty obvious to see where the $154 million dollar budget went. The props for the film look really cool, the CG ghost is passable, and the film is looking to replicate the light humour of the original that will hopefully allow it to hold its own in a film world dominated by superhero movies.
The internet on the other hand seemed more focused on the other aspects of the film. Setting aside the sexism that were ‘horrified’ at the idea of an all-female reboot, there were a couple of other legitimate concerns people had. For starters, while the movie boasts an impressive cast of female comedians, the trailer for the most part didn’t manage to land most of its jokes. The trailer also highlighted another disappointing factor of the film because it involved three white scientists and a street smart black woman with a Cadillac. To put it all bluntly, it was just a trailer with a lot of problems.
In life though, one must learn not to get ahead of oneself. The trailer in all honesty isn’t that bad. The trailer has so much happening for it that it’s hard to say anything at this point. A second trailer might help give a better picture, but ultimately we’ll only know for certain when the move is released this summer. With the first being both a critical and commercial success, the second being a commercial success but faring very poorly with critics, could this be last nail in the Ghostbuster coffin?