Earlier today, Sony released the first official trailer for Paul Feig’s all-female reboot of Ghostbusters. Starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, the upcoming movie promises a mix of old and new; combining nostalgic flashbacks (the classic theme tune, Slimer and a number of promised cameos from the original cast members) as well as some new ghost-bustin’ hilarity courtesy of some of Saturday Night Live’s very best acts. But what do our writers think of this latest trailer?
“I was quite excited about the movie when I saw the all-female cast but I’m a lot less excited after actually watching the trailer. CGI looks good, storyline looks good but the comedy aspect seems to be lacking far behind, which is confusing considering the cast.” – James Okoro, writer.
“I love these ladies. They’ve all rocked it on SNL and I’m sure they’re going to rock it in this movie. That said, I’m a little underwhelmed by the trailer. The CGI ghosts look kind of obnoxious to me – something I always loved in the originals was how organic the ghosts looked. The ones in this trailer look somewhat cartoonish, like something at a 3D theme park ride. I’m sure the film itself will be funny/enjoyable but the trailer hasn’t wowed me.” – Anneka Honeyball, News Editor.
“Although the trailer perhaps gives a bit too much away (although to be honest, what trailer doesn’t?), there’s no doubting this film looks utterly, with a capital C, Cool. Our four leading ladies are obviously owning it, not just in their diversity and character, but also in how their personal, specific humour is being portrayed. Wiig is Wiig, McCarthy is McCarthy and I love that. And yes I do think it seems a little like a jazzed up version of the original, but there’s enough there to make me think there’s going to be way more different too, maybe even better.” – Sophie Trenear, writer.
“I was sold on ‘THE POWER OF PATTY COMPELS YOU’. Leslie Jones is criminally under used on SNL so its great to see her alongside her SNL castmate Kate McKinnon (who is pretty much the current lead actor on the series due to her spot-on Hilary Clinton impression) moving into film. And that little glimpse of the Hemsworth?! Be still, my beating heart.” – Georgia Simpson, Head of Relations.
“I will accept criticisms of this movie, but I will not accept criticisms of this movie on the basis of the leading ladies, all of whom from this trailer look like they’re going to do a brilliant job. I’m sceptical about some elements of the set up so far, but hopefully those will fall into place. I -loved- the dubstep-y remix of the original theme, and I definitely wouldn’t mind it making an appearance, but that’s how I felt about the delighfully eerie music box version of the theme we saw in the Jurassic World trailer, and that barely made an appearance. Feig has made clear this is it’s own story; I’m hoping he does these ladies justice and keeps what we’ve seen here as the extent of the affectionate nods to the past. I want to look forward to the future!” – Millie Cassidy, Features Editor.
“The original Ghostbusters is one of the best comedies around, and what with the over-reliance on slime being funny because slime, there’s only one genuine laugh out loud moment in this trailer for me – though it’s a damn good one. Having said that, I love this cast, I love the way the film looks (Feig’s really advanced from Spy’s televisual action) and I’m really excited. Feig’s directed some of the funniest comedies of the last few years, so that shouldn’t really be a problem.” – George Seabrook, writer.
The Verdict: We’re ready for the film to wow us… we’re just not sure this trailer showcases the very best of what’s to come.