Ever since I heard that three of my favorite comedians – Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Kristen Wiig – were starring in the new Ghostbusters movie, I’ve been on the edge of my seat waiting for more information.
Some months back we got to see the first photo of these ladies along with fellow cast and Ghostbusters team member Leslie Jones, but it was only today that they released the first full trailer. I saw several negative reactions to it well before I got to watch it myself, but once I did I was both surprised and concerned at the amount of vitriol being slung at it. While many people seem to be excited, there are definitely a lot of people on the other side of that spectrum. I suppose I believed that in an age of sequels and reboots, a movie like Ghostbusters could join that list without receiving too much flack…but clearly that isn’t the case.
One thing I heard is that the trailer proves that the movie won’t be/isn’t funny. But how can a trailer really be the make-or-break it in that regard? I’ve seen hilarious movies whose trailers didn’t have much humor at all; I’ve seen movies meant to be pure comedies that had hilarious trailers and didn’t live up to them. A trailer includes approximately 2% of a movie’s content, and while this one may not have been “funny”, it wasn’t boring, either…and to be honest I’d rather that they save the best stuff for when I see it in the theater.
So what is it? “Bad CGI” in the trailer, as some claim? I have a hard time believing that’s really the big problem, because to me it seems like an homage to the original. Yes, this is a sequel, but they’ve got a lot of Ghostbusters nostalgia included already – similar suits, practically the same car, and of course similar characters…so clearly it’s also an homage to the original. On top of that, many of the original cast are making appearances/cameos – even Bill Murray, who originally didn’t want to be involved, decided to make a cameo because, as he said to Vulture, “I really respect those girls. And then I started to feel like if I didn’t do this movie, maybe somebody would write a bad review or something, thinking there was some sort of disapproval [on my part].”
As I said, Bill Murray isn’t the only one – Ernie Hudson, Dan Aykroyd, and Sigourney Weaver are returning as well. Even if these are just cameos, it’s clear that the original cast is supporting this film. On top of that, director/writer Paul Feig has worked on TV shows such as Freaks and Geeks, The Office, and Arrested Development, while writer Kate Dippold did the Melissa McCarthy/Sandra Bullock feature The Heat and also wrote for MADtv and Parks and Recreation.
And you know what? This new Ghostbusters absolutely *could* be terrible, but why assume that’s the case now, with the release of the very first trailer?
If this trailer simply wasn’t up your alley, that’s fine – everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I actually didn’t even think the trailer was absolutely amazing – but it did make me want to see more, which is what trailers are meant to do. Revealing the entire plot line (I’m looking at you, Miracles from Heaven) or revealing all the funniest parts of a film (there’s simply too many to name, here) aren’t the point of trailers.
Admin Angel put it quite succinctly: “No, not liking the new Ghostbusters doesn’t make you a misogynist. [But] a lot of arguments against it are misogynistic.” To put it simply, a lot of these negative reactions to a reboot with female leads is the same anger that cropped up when Johnny Storm was black (regardless of how awful FANT4STIC was) – people’s favorite things are never allowed to change to anything but white men. And if they’re already white men (or in this case, three white man and an African-American man), then how dare their sequel counterparts be cast as women!
What did you think of the new Ghostbusters trailer? Whether you liked it or not – whether you’re looking forward to the movie or not – we always welcome constructive discussion. And what with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Independence Day: Resurgence, the X-Files revival and more, it’s obvious that they won’t stop creating sequels or reboots of the things a large generation of people grew up with. So I suppose my question is, why not open your heart to Ghostbusters? Or if you’re already embracing it, what are you excited for?
Author: Tara Lynne
Tara Lynne is an author, fandom and geek culture expert, and public speaker. She founded Ice & Fire Con, the first ever Game of Thrones convention in the US, and now runs its parent company Saga Event Planning.
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