Thursday, May 19, 2016

Trailer Review: GHOSTBUSTERS - Trailer #2

The second trailer for the Paul Feig-directed Ghostbusters reboot recently hit the web and, in my opinion, was a big step up from the previous one.  Check it out below:

This trailer, as said before, is a big step up from the first one, and has definitely gotten me more excited for the film.  It starts off with an ominous tone, but quickly shifts gears to show its true colors as the action/comedy that I want it to be.

We get to see some new shots of Slimer and several of the other ghosts in the film, which many have complained look too much like they come from a video game.  I, however, feel that this look fits perfectly in the film, and matches most of the other energy-based images we see (particularly the proton blasts).  We also get some great shots of all the cool-looking new tech, which is one of the things I'm most excited to see utilized in this film.

It was great hearing the classic Ghostbusters theme music in this trailer, as it took me back to when I was younger and enjoyed watching the originals and the animated series.  There was lots of new footage and some extended scenes from the first trailer that I really enjoyed seeing, particularly the one with Leslie Jones and the ghost dragon on her shoulders.

This time around they removed the few jokes that didn't work for me in the first one, which made the scenes where they would've been, much more enjoyable.  I also liked seeing more Chris Hemsworth, especially his comedic side, which we rarely get to see.  I'm glad they gave us new Hemsworth footage and didn't just reuse the shots from the international trailer which featured him more heavily than the first trailer.

Several complaints I heard were that this trailer gave away too much of the story, with which I totally disagree.  There really wasn't much, story-wise, in this trailer that wasn't in the first.  We already new that someone was building a device to amplify paranormal activity, we knew that the ghosts could take over a human body, and, if you pay attention during the first trailer, you know that Chris Hemsworth's character, Kevin, goes bad.  Really, the only new thing we saw, story-wise, was the giant logo ghost (which harkens back to the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man), whose image was actually revealed this past February at the New York Toy Fair, and is apparently known as "Rowan's Ghost".

Overall, I enjoyed this trailer.  It wasn't as funny as I wish it was, but most of the trailers for Paul Feig's movies are like that.  I thought Spy was going to be stupid, and I ended up loving it.  So, I guess we'll just have to wait and see when it comes out.  And don't worry everyone, if the movie is terrible, your DVDs of the original films won't magically disappear.  So just give it a shot and judge for yourself.

Ghostbusters hits theaters on July 15, 2016.

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