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‘Ghostbusters’ Unveils New Trailer, But Will It Succeed? Release Date, Why Fans Should Be Cautiously Optimistic

( [email protected] ) May 19, 2016 07:19 PM EDT
Only since the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare trailer appeared has a movie trailer received as much hate as the first reboot for Ghostbusters.  The reasons why people are already hating this movie will be explored below, but a new trailer has given some people hope that director Paul Feig can pull this potential bomb off before it prematurely explodes.  This is what is known about the new Ghostbusters Release Date, New Trailer, and why fans should be cautiously optimistic.
The cast of the new Ghostbusters Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, and Kate McKinnon. Buzz Feed

Only since the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare trailer appeared has a movie trailer received as much hate as the first reboot for Ghostbusters.  The reasons why people are already hating this movie will be explored below, but a new trailer has given some people hope that director Paul Feig can pull this potential bomb off before it prematurely explodes.  This is what is known about the new Ghostbusters Release Date, New Trailer, and why fans should be cautiously optimistic.

A recent video from Screen Junkies reveals that most of the fans hate the new trailer because it gave them exactly what they were expecting, and the effect was just mediocre.  In all honesty, when I saw the first trailer for it, my initial reaction was: "no". 

The beginning with the tones of the original Ghostbusters theme made it sound promising, but then the first scene with Kristin Wiig getting slimed just made me realize that this film had nothing original to offer.  This joke is just a lazy combination of the first scene from the first film where they meet a ghost, as well as the scene where they meet Slimer. 

It wasn't the fact that they were women, but there have been a lot of critics of that.  Many also have criticized the original Ghostbusters as having "the black one" that "didn't do nothing" (actual quote from a Saturday Night Live sketch in the mid '80s).  That Ghostbuster was Winston Zedmore (Ernie Hudson) in the original, and this one is SNL alumni Leslie Jones. 

Many do not like that Jones' character doesn't have anything to offer to the group but knowledge of how to drive around the city.  Even though this is a realistic character trait and it is helpful, many Ghostbusters fans are having flashbacks to the Ghostbusters animated series.  In that show, it was decided after its initial run that Zedmore would only be the driver, and this decision of a modern Ghostbusters is eerily similar in the poor choice it portrayed a decent character. 

Also, the first trailer shows the group surprised when Leslie Jones character reveals that she found a hearse for them.  Why should they be surprised when it is established that this takes place in a world where the Ghostbusters already have existed, and are well-known for driving a hearse?  They already spoiled it and showed that they repaint it like Ecto-1.  This doesn't even make sense. 

Okay, now there is a new trailer out, and it I would have to say that it looks a lot better.  It definitely puts Leslie Jones in the spotlight, and she is quite hysterical.  Granted, some of the jokes from the older trailer are there, but this one looks like it shows more of the plot including the villain.  Granted, the villains of Ghostbusters were always one-dimensional evil, but one that can be remembered is the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.  He's the last image that is seen in the new trailer, and it looks like he has been half-fried like Two-Face. 

The fact that Mr. Stay Puft is there shows that perhaps Gozer the Gozerian, the villain from the first one will be making a comeback.  After all, it wasn't like this entity was confirmed "killed", and the way the trailer describes the plot of a someone "creating a device that amplifies paranormal activity", feels like the plot of the first film.  If Gozer does come back, he/she will be welcome, as well as the original Ghostbusters scheduled to appear.  

Some of the action in the second trailer does look fantastic, as it shows the group taking it to the streets to take on what looks to be haunted Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade floats.  That could actually be worth the price of admission right there. 

The problem is that supernatural action and special effects are not what made the first Ghostbusters legendary, as it was the characters and one-liners that most fans can quote word-for-word over thirty years later (Ghostbusters 2 not so much).  Fans will have to see for themselves when Ghostbusters hits theaters again in July 15, 2016.