Ghostbusters as a franchise seemed to start on one incredible high before being in almost thirty years of low. After a smash hit first entry the sequel failed to recapture that magic (though I personally am still a fan. More Bill Murray is never a bad thing.) But somehow talk of a third movie persisted for years. Unfortunately while Dan Akroyd kept hope alive and Bill Murray remained silent on the issue, Harold Ramis passed away rendering a true sequel impossible. Then Paul Feig acquired the rights to direct a new one starring an all-female team of Ghostbusters. (The internet as you can imagine had absolutely no negative and sexist reactions to this whatsoever)
After a few teases we finally have our first trailer for Ghostbusters, starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. And it looks…exactly like you’d expect.
On the one hand, I appreciate Paul Feig and his efforts to get funny women on screen. His movies, like them or not, always give the women good roles and that should be applauded. On the other hand, I’ve never felt that the Paul Feig’s movies are very good. Bridesmaids, The Heat, and Spy all feel the same. His visual aesthetic is pretty lackluster, but what really never did it for me was his humor. After three films with Melissa McCarthy, he’s clearly stumbled upon a winning formula when he allows McCarthy to be foul-mouthed and angry. But his jokes feel louder and more obnoxious than they are funny, and we see some of that in the trailer. Leslie Jones seems to be really hamming it up as she screams and smacks around McCarthy.
The trailer did pique my curiosity enough. The idea of someone toying with dark energy for nefarious purposes in modern New York sounds cool, and so far the effects look good. And Feig has said Ghostbusters will be a complete reboot. So while Murray and Ackroyd may make cameos, we won’t be seeing Venkman return anytime soon. I’m hoping Feig can stick more to story and let genuine jokes come as a result of the chemistry as opposed to turning up the volume and substituting shouting for humor. But assuming the film gets a PG-13 rating, it seems likely that shouting in funny situations will replace filthy jokes. We’ll see. I’m also hoping the film spends less time promoting callbacks to the original films than a certain space opera did last year…
Ghostbusters releases July 15th, 2016. It stars Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Chris Hemsworth. It will be directed by Paul Feig.