Way back in 1984, I saw a film that I loved called Ghostbusters and 5 years later, it spawned a sequel, which whilst I didn’t enjoy as much, it was great seeing those characters again. In fact so much so, I intend to give Ghostbusters II another viewing soon
Now in 2016, the inevitable reboot is gearing up for release but the bile that has been said about it without even seeing a bit of footage seems unfair. It would appear that a lot of this is that despite it being 2016 women can’t be Ghostbusters.
Now I am definitely not in this camp, I totally loved TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer who could certainly deal with Ghosts, as well as Monsters and Vampires. Another of my favourite films is Aliens, think we can agree Sigourney Weaver did pretty amazing as a defender again Aliens as Ripley and lets face it, has there been a good Terminator film without Linda Hamilton?
So we blogged about not being afraid of no reboot, nothing has changed since then except if we are honest, we saw Spy and thought it was awful, but Heat was still a great watch.
You can read that blog here.
We got excited when rumours surfaced that we may get a trailer during this years Superbowl but it was not forthcoming but it’s director Paul Feig promised a trailer by end of February. What we got was a teaser telling us the trailer would debut on the 3rd March
This was exciting news, unlike when the trailer arrived for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I was going to be around on that date, so I eagerly sat at my desk awaiting news of when it would debut.
Then it was announced, again by Paul’s twitter (@paulfeig) that it would debut at 2pm, once lunch was had, the countdown began, it was great seeing so much anticipation on social media, we even got involved, Pepper posed with my Stay Puft and we tweeted that we couldn’t wait to see it. Excitement was even raised more when Paul liked our tweet!
Around 1:56 it was pretty much a constant refresh of twitter and Sony pictures Youtube channel and then it arrived via The Ellen Show the announcement was made that the trailer was here! Turning into Annie Potts, Janice character from the original I shouted ‘We got one’ and pressed play.
Straight away we hear the haunting piano version of the iconic Ray Parker Jnr Ghostbusters theme, we then see the logo on a subway wall before we are told a new team will answer the call.
We finally glimpse the female team of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Kate McKinnon in a scene which brings back memories of the original first ghost in the library from the 1984 classic and then we see the slime.
The music goes upbeat as we see like the original, the team believe they can offer a service, we then see Leslie Jones character arrive to join the team much like Ernie Hudson’s character Winston from the original movies.
Then it is everything you would want: Proton packs; Ghosts; a new Ecto-1 and we even see our favourite ghost Slimer return. We also see Chris Hemsworth taking over the Annie Potts role.
The music and Slimer were real highlights, the cast look fun and my opinion remains unswayed that I will be seeing this upon its release and from some of the images, this looks like it will be one to see in 3-D too!
What happened next was unbelievable how mixed the responses were, I belong to a Facebook group for fans of the films and we had those who can’t wait and those who decided it looked awful, was a parody, CGI mess, another Scooby Doo movie.
But those excited about it, then shared why, little nods to the originals had been spotted, a billboard stating that’s a big Twinkie for example. the gifs were never ending, in particular of Kate’s Holtzmann character!
It would be fair to say the overall review of the trailer would seem to be best described as mixed. Real talking points are that yes, it is a shame that whilst its white leads are all scientists, it’s a shame that the coloured member of the team has to be a subway worker. Some in the group feel this could be a reference to Ernie Hudson’s Winston character, who also had the same sort of background
Dan Aykroyd tweeted that he was right it was worth the wait and he got trolled straight away, it is a real shame that such strong opinions can be made from no one seeing the whole film.
With the majority of the original cast to appear in cameos including Bill Murray, rumours that we will get Stay Puft and even the ghost from the iconic No entry logo sign joining Slimer in the film, I still have hopes that this will be a great film and a fitting tribute to the late, great Harold Ramis, beloved Egon Spengler from the originals.
What are your thoughts for the new Ghostbusters? Are you looking forward to seeing this one?
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