By Chris Campo
The original Ghostbusters is one of those movies that will forever be burnt into pop culture history. Because of that, many people were worried when they found out that Ghostbusters will be getting a reboot, and a lot of assholes were worried when they found out that the Ghostbusting team would be all women. Yet, the movie was made, and now we have a trailer to really get a taste of what this film will be like, and I kind of like it.
I am, myself, a fan of Ghostbusters, but I don't freak out about it or hold it on a ridiculous pedistal like some do. This trailer opens with a nostalgia trip, and I have to admit, it instantly hooked me. The text onscreen was neat and that slow version of the classic song, familiar to the first Jurrasic World trailer, got me. And as the rest of the trailer played, I realised we could have a fun film on our hands.
The opening gag was not funny. At all. The slime-puking ghost just wasn't what they should've opened with, and the joke at the end with Melissa McCarthy's character getting possessed also didn't hit well. Other than that, I did catch myself giggling throughout this trailer. I'm not familiar with Leslie Jones or Kate McKinnon, but Kristen Wiig, to me, is one of the funniest women in Hollywood. Melissa McCarthy isn't my favorite actress in the world, but she seems to be doing a different style here, and it seems to be a welcome change. The humor is what I'm buying in this trailer. Chris Hemsworth pops up in this trailer as well, and he was the single funniest part of last year's underwhelming Vacation, so that has me excited. It seems to have a fun tone, in my opinion. Its comedy style isnt exactly the style of the original, so that could be why most fans are not digging this trailer.
What I don't dig, however, are the visuals. The opening ghost looks pretty sweet, but the CGI overall is horrendous. I understand this is a trailer to a film thay probably isn't finished quite yet, but still, since this is such an effects heavy film, you'd think they'd show off something that looks better. Even fan favorite Slimer makes a cameo here and he's too cartoony and old looking, like it's from an animated movie. His appearance was cool, and it's a great bit of fan service, but it was completely off-putting.
On top of all that, the final scenes of the trailer, where the Ghostbusters are all fighting off ghosts in Time Square, looked bad. Like, really, really bad. It reminded me of last year's Adam Sandler comedy, Pixels, and we all know how Pixels turned out. I guess I'm just getting sick of every big budget film having an epic showdown in favor of a satasfying third act, and that seems to be where this is heading too. It's getting repetitive and familiar, especially in the realm of comic book movies.
The characters all seem to do their job, but it's hard not to imagine the original cast back in the game. No, not because they're women, but because the original is just so iconic. That's why, for me, Jurrasic World didn't fall flat. The characters weren't just rehashed versions of the original, but that was a sequel and this is not. The original cast will cameo, although not in their original roles, but that doesn't excite me too much. It seems a little too same-y, and having the original cast back will just make it seem like the whole film is a nostalgia trip and that's not what I want from this film.
Overall, this trailer certainly isn't great, but it is pretty funny. I wasn't terribly excited for this film in the first place, but this trailer has my butt in the seat. Paul Feig is a talented comedy director and I'm confident this can be a funny and exciting adventure. I just really hope they polish those special effects, which I'm sure they will by the time the movie his theatres this July.