Sony Pictures Entertainment finally unveiled the first full-length trailer for Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot yesterday (3 March) and it's safe to say, people had pretty strong opinions about it. While many were still outraged by the fact that a reboot was even being made, and with *gasp in horror* an all-female cast no less, others at the opposite end of the spectrum really enjoyed it. Some, however, remained neutral, thinking that while the trailer looked okay, it didn't quite nail the same humour as the 1984 original and the sneak peak gave away too much of the plot.
One such viewer was YouTube user Mike Colver, who upon seeing the trailer, took it upon himself to drastically re-edit his own version. Taking out almost all of the dialogue (and subsequently all of the polarising scenes of humour), he paved the way for a more action-based teaser set to the rocking guitar remix that opened the 1990s animated series Extreme Ghostbusters.
While admittedly this one looks pretty exciting and the official trailer may have ended up a little too telling - particularly when it came to a sequence that saw McCarthy's character possessed by a ghost and turning on her fellow 'Busters - it gave more of an insight than Colver's as to what cinema-goers are more likely to encounter context-wise when they go to see it on the big screen. Perhaps a blend of the two trailer styles would have been the best solution, pleasing a wider range of people when it comes to their expectations of the reboot. Colver's certainly seems more safe, simply offering up the ghost-fighting sequences and all of the team's cool gadgets, but Feig's is undoubtedly more daring and unashamedly itself and for that, it should be admired.
For now though, we'll just have to wait and see. It's almost impossible to really judge how effective a trailer is until oddly enough, you've seen the movie. Some films in the past have had bad trailers and gone on to be acclaimed films and the opposite has certainly happened too. We'll just have to wait until 15 July to see if it did the movie justice.
What we do definitively know so far, however, is that Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon take the lead as the titular gang, who are needed when New York City falls prey to ghosts from various different places and times as the Victorian garment-clad ghouls suggest in the new trailer. McCarthy plays paranormal researcher and supernatural scientist Abby Yates while Wiig portrays particle physicist Erin Gilbert.
Saturday Night Live (SNL) star McKinnon plays crazy-haired, and even crazier-goggled, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzman and judging by the sneak peak, her character will be just as out-there as many of her skit show regulars too. Meanwhile fellow SNL actress Jones stars as Patty Tolan, the street-smart addition to the team who acts as the group's eyes and ears on the ground. Eagle-eyed viewers will also catch a glimpse at Chris Hemsworth as "geeky" receptionist Kevin (an update of Annie Potts' Janine Melnitz from the original movies).
As well as the actors mentioned, the movie is to feature plenty of cameos, too. Original Ghostbusters stars Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, Ernie Hudson, Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray are all set to appear, as well as Andy Garcia and Elizabeth Perkins. Well-recognised character from the original franchise, Slimer, will also be making an appearance.
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