Today, Sony debuted a new trailer for the somewhat controversial 2016 incarnation of Ghostbusters, set for release later this year.
— Ghostbusters (@Ghostbusters) May 18, 2016
It’s no secret that the female-led Ghostbusters movie has faced an inordinate amount of criticism since it was first announced, with trolls using both sexist and racist diatribe in order to highlight their disgust at even the sheer concept of a Ghostbusters remake.
Funnily enough, other complaints I have seen have stemmed from people positively aghast that the Ghostbusters reboot means that their childhoods have been ruined, which is quite upsetting, because I haven’t heard any of the same vehement criticism for this year’s other reboots, which include:
- Jungle Book
- Drop Dead Fred
- Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
- The Never Ending Story
- Police Academy
- Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
- Three Men and a Baby
- Stephen King’s IT
Not to mention, next year’s Power Rangers reboot. I’m not particularly one for remakes, if I’m being perfectly honest, which I outlined in this post about Fox’s new 2016/17 line up, but it would be refreshing to see consistency in complaints.
To me, this new Ghostbusters trailer is certainly an improvement on the first trailer’s efforts, with everything looking slightly tighter and more polished than before. The cast’s chemistry is looking pretty engaging, with some really funny moments being showcased from the outset, as well as a few tongue in cheek moments that I found particularly amusing, especially Leslie Jones’ comment:
“I don’t know if this is a race thing, or a lady thing, but I am mad as hell!’
Which I feel is, potentially, a little nod to all of the troll-type social media based critics out there, or something.
I also loved the extra scenes featuring Chris Hemsworth, which sees his character being fleshed out a little bit more. This new Ghostbusters trailer certainly showcased him as a lot more than a secretary and he was able to extend his comedy credentials a bit more in some of the scenes too. I’m also not sure at this point, but I think elements of the trailer indicated that he may perhaps be the overall antagonist in this new reboot, which would be pretty interesting to watch, in my opinion.
Furthermore, the overall horror and fantastical imagery seems like a marked step up from the original trailer, with more of it being focused on and slightly more polished than before. It looks pretty good, in my opinion –I feel that the colours have been somewhat amplified, adding to the fantastical and more comic-type element of the genre – and I especially enjoyed seeing Slimer being brought up to date and more realistic in this new Ghostbusters trailer.
I also think that this trailer reiterates that the Ghostbusters of 2016 is stepping out of the trappings expected from a reboot or a revamp of an original classic and I don’t think it will rely too heavily on the movies that came before it. I actually think that the idea here is that the female-led cast – while existing in the same universe – are separate from the original Ghostbusters, both in terms of movies and members. I’m going to guess that this could be established in the scenes featuring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts (unfortunately Harold Ramis – co-writer of the 1984 and 1989 Ghostbusters movies died in 2014), but this remains to be seen. Ultimately, though, I think that this Ghostbusters reboot will aim to distance itself from the original movies – to avoid feeding the trolls, if nothing else.
Whether the female-led Ghostbusters reboot will be a box office success or not, still remains to be seen – and I am more than happy to admit that it could be terrible and that I am not championing the trailer for any other reason than that I really enjoyed it. I for one really don’t believe that Paul Feig or Sony have attempted to make a political statement with the movie, but simply attempted to listen to what fans wanted, i.e. a new Ghostbusters movie, but in a unique manner – and you have to admit, that’s exactly what they’ve done, whether you like the direction or not.
I’m looking forward to Ghostbusters, not because it’s a female-led movie, but because the people involved happen to be actors and actresses I enjoy watching. I don’t know whether it will be good or not, but I’m not going to give it too much thought – and neither should you, really – it’s only a movie.