The atmosphere surrounding director Paul Feig’s new Ghostbusters reboot has been more than a bit unfair to the movie, even before the opinionated public has been able to actually see it.
Between rampant sexism toward the new cast, a seriously un-liked first trailer, and some of the film’s own stars perplexed about the movie’s marketing, the story has been about everyone’s reactions to Ghostbusters — instead of Ghostbusters itself.
So, appropriately enough, Sony has dropped a new trailer for the film to get people talking about the movie again, and it manages to unleash a bunch of new footage as well as make some sly digs on the haters as well.
“It will haunt you every night. Whatever it is. No one should have to encounter that kind of evil,” says a character played by comedian Michael McDonald in the trailer’s opening moments. “Except you girls, I think you can handle it.”
It’s like Feig and co. making a grand statement that like it or not, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones are the new Ghostbusters in town.
Fortunately we also get some brand new footage and a better sense of the plot. Someone or something is creating a device that amplifies paranormal activity in the city, and it looks like one of the evil ghost minions possesses the new and dimwitted Ghostbusters receptionist Kevin (played by Liam Hemsworth) to help them out.
We also get a great first non-toy look at the villain the Ghostbusters will have to bust. The big bad ghost, named Rowan (played by comedian Neil Casey) looks to be this movie’s version of the towering Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from the original that will destroy the city if the Ghostbusters don’t stop him first. It’s great, because hes basically a huge version of the the ghost seen in the Ghostbusters logo. It seems like a semi-redundant rehash of what came before it.
That’s the worst part of the new Ghostbusters movie so far. Hopefully the cast will also bust out some great new bits, but if it lifts story beats wholesale from the original, then what’s the point? The callbacks of a ghost attacking one of the Ghostbusters in a library, a Ghostbuster getting slimed, Ray Parker Jr.’s theme song, newscasts calling into question the validity of the Ghostbusters (with appearances here by Pat Kiernan and Al Roker), the Ghostbusters trying to convince the mayor of New York of exactly what’s happening, and the huge skyscraper-sized ghost that will help bring about the end of the world? All familiar scenes, lifted from the 1984 movie.
Heres hoping all that is just fan service in the trailers and the movie has much more in store.
Ghostbusters hits theaters on July 15.