The trailer for the new Ghostbusters movie was released today and honestly, I'm not quite sure how I feel about it. As an avid movie buff and fan of the original films, I'm actually looking forward to a new Ghostbusters. Unlike some movie fans, I try to take individual films based on their own merit and I refuse to be a self-proclaimed keeper of precious cinema. A good movie is a good movie, regardless of if that movie is completely new, a remake or a sequel. That being said, the trailer just didn't grab me the way I'd hoped it would.
The new Ghostbusters film has everything going for it: a fantastic director in Paul Feig (Bridesmaids), an incredible cast led by Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, an entirely new generation of visual effects technology and a solid plot. But the trailer lacks the punch necessary to pull the film out of the shadow of the original and provide its own legs to stand on. And the fact that Ghostbusters holds such a special place in the hearts of movie-goers all over the world only adds to the pressure for it to live up to arguably unrealistic expectations. But before we travel too far down the nostalgic road of cinematic perfection, let's not forget Ghostbusters II -- an objectively not great movie that failed to live up to its predecessor.
Online fan reactions have been all over the place, ranging from disappointment to outright troll-istic rage with a sprinkling of positive comments. Sony's YouTube page for the trailer maintains a solid 6k more 'dislikes' over 'likes' and the comments section is littered with varied criticisms from the indignant to the offensive.
Like this fan, who is super-annoyed that the trailer rounded off to the nearest year and called Winston a "scientist" (gasp!):
Or this guy who seems to be convinced of a feminist conspiracy:
And this one who only laughs at men and rightfully so, he's pretty damn laughable:
This guy with his cutting edge misogynistic 1950's humor. Nice try, honey:
And this poor soul who seemed to miss the memo about Santa. Sorry to break it to you, Sparky -- Santa IS YOUR MOM:
And then there's this guy, who we should all be grateful clearly never graduated from medical school:
There have also been positive reactions from people who seem genuinely excited for a new Ghostbusters:
In reality, trailers can be misleading, poorly edited and not always an accurate reflection of the movie experience. How many times have you watched a trailer and been blown away only to spend $20 and 2 1/2 hours of your life to see the IMAX 3D version and be hugely disappointed? It's happened to me more than once. And to be fair, the opposite can also be true; a misleading, poorly edited trailer can make a good movie look not so great.
One thing audiences have to remember is that negative reactions are usually going to be louder than positive ones on the internet. So before rushing to judgement based on my opinion or anyone else's, check out the trailer for yourself and form your own opinion. Personally, I still remain hopeful that this will be an enjoyable movie. The trailer had one or two moments that made me giggle, I absolutely love the cast and I have complete faith that Paul Feig will not lead us astray.
Ghostbusters will hit theaters July 15, 2016.