ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – It's hard to get a good read on a movie from a first release trailer, however, that's not going to stop me from critiquing it.
It's been 30 years since the last time we saw the iconic Ghostbuster logo come to life on the big screen.
Of course, I'm forgetting about the sequel to the original, Ghostbusters II, because I'd prefer to forget it. Ghostbusters II tried very hard to live up to the original's charm, but for major fans like me, it fell short. Not a complete disaster, but in a game of who's better, Stay Puft Marshmallow Man beats Psycho-Reactive Slime every time. There was just something more believable about ghosts driving taxi cabs than the Statue of Liberty being animated by psycho-reactive slime.
So here we are, over 30 years after the original was released and we're getting our first real look at this latest installment of the Ghostbusters franchise. I'm not positive we can even call it an installment in the series, because from the looks of the trailer, it's a complete reboot. There are specific scenes that look recreated and it tries to take on the exact same ebb and flow of the original script.
It just feels forced. At every other scene in this trailer I find myself screaming internally, "No! No! No!"
Early last year, when the cast was announced to be an all girls cast, I shuddered. No, this does not make me sexist, but it definitely makes me a purist. I enjoyed the original, but that's because I grew up watching the original over and over. To this day, I still think I watch it two or three times a year. That's probably way underestimated.
I get it, I really do. This was not necessarily made for those who grew up with the original. This is an attempt to bring the Ghostbusters franchise to a new generation. There have been a lot of successful reboots over the years. In my opinion, the best reboots have been big blockbusters like the recent Batman trilogy, Star Trek and yes, even Superman.
This was a hard one for me because I'm actually a big fan of Kate McKinnon and Kristen Wiig. Leslie Jones appears to be typecast as she has been for most of her run on SNL and Melissa McCarthy looks and sounds just like every other character she's played.
For me,this reboot just misses the mark. I can't put my finger on it and I can't give a good explanation other than it just feels forced.
Here's to hoping the actual movie surprises me and we can forget about this first trailer.
One thing I do love is Kate McKinnon's nod to the animated series' Dr.Egon Spengler. It's all in the hair.
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