Posted on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
A new Ghostbusters trailer has arrived and, as you’d expect, the internet instantly erupted into pandemonium. I think it looks funny and weird and colorful and entirely like a movie that I will gladly pay to see in theaters, but what do I know? I also enjoyed the previous trailer.
And like the previous trailer, this one begs for a frame-by-frame breakdown. Let’s dive into this thing.
The original Ghostbusters is, first and foremost, a comedy. This fact seems to have escaped a certain angry and loud portion of the film’s fandom, but never mind that. However, the film works because its ghosts are meticulously designed and genuinely frightening. If you moved the monsters and demons and undead adversaries from Ghostbusters into a legitimate horror movie, they’d get the job done. So it’s delightful to see that the ghosts in this trailer pack a genuine punch. This red-eyed guy here would be creepy in any context.
We first caught a glimpse of this ghost in the previous trailer, but this just a fine shot and further evidence that director Paul Feig isn’t going to let the chief adversaries of his film get reduced to a joke. In any comedy that has world-ending stakes like this, it’s usually best to let the villains exist alongside the jokes, as foils to the funny people fighting the good fight.
“It will haunt you every night. Whatever it is, no one should have to encounter that kind of evil. Except you girls. I think you can handle it.” This is probably the biggest laugh in the entire trailer and it arrives nice and early, cutting through the spookiness of the opening shots and getting straight to the point. Heck, you could even read this as subtle slice of social commentary. Women shouldn’t have to put up with half of what they put up with, but hey, they can deal with it. The man said so.
Seriously, the average woman has a thicker skin than the average man thanks to sheer social attrition. Of course they ain’t afraid of no ghosts. Anyway, here’s our cast, suited up and ready to bust some ghosts. Based on the posters and flyers in this shot and previous one, we can probably assume that this is the concert venue that we glimpsed earlier in the trailer. Considering the set-up, this could be their first job, the remake’s equivalent of the hotel sequence in the original movie.
The previous trailer drove home one of my favorite aspects of the original film and that seems to be replicated here – these characters are scientists. Sure, they dress like exterminators, but at the end of the day, they’re battling the supernatural using technology and logic. This lab set looks like the kind of place you could get lost in, a place filled with all kinds of crafty and fun little details.
This trailer does a fine job of showing off the sheer variety of ghosts that are in this film and this seemingly possessed mirror is a nice touch. Like the other ghosts, it’s a creepy image, looking like a prop that was borrowed from Insidious.
The new Ecto-1 has pretty cool hood ornament, guys.
The trailer revisits the ghost vomit gag from the first preview and it’s still amusing enough, even if it’s just a retread of Bill Murray getting slimed in the original movie. If there’s one concern this trailer raises, it’s that it will lean too hard on referencing the original film or recycling familiar jokes. If we’re going to hold movies like Star Wars: The Force Awakens accountable for coasting on nostalgia a little too often, Ghostbusters deserves equal scrutiny.
“That’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.” The punchline to Kristen Wiig getting geysered by ghost puke is worthy of a chuckle, but it also helps put her character into greater focus. Her reaction here reminds me of how Dan Aykroyd played Ray Stantz in the original film – any potential fear is canceled out by curiosity and fascination.
I can’t help but feel bad for anyone who has knee-jerk rejected this film. This team looks great, especially when they’re allowed hero shots like this.
Ah, it wouldn’t be a Ghostbusters movie with people in power being skeptical of the team! Just wait for the sequel, where the world inexplicably forgets that this group saved the world from a disaster of literal biblical proportions.
And it definitely wouldn’t be a Ghostbusters movie without its fair share of collateral damage, as seen here when the team pursues a winged ghost down the backstage area of a concert venue. Although they are coming awfully close to crossing the streams…