The new ‘Ghostbusters’ trailer that hit Youtube recently has been called one of the most disliked trailers in Youtube history, which is a shame considering the promise that the film has, especially with such a solid cast and a great director behind the project. And while a lot of the dislikes are due to fans of the original series who do not like the all-female direction the reboot is taking (or who somehow feels the franchise is being ‘ruined’ by cutting out the men), there are some legitimate problems with the trailer, as even one of the stars has come out publicly to speak about her dislike of it. Melissa McCarthy recently spoke with Johnjay and Rich of iHeart Radio, sharing her opinion of some of the more confusing aspects of the trailer, including the strange “30 years ago” text that it starts with.
“It’s a reboot, not a remake. I know it’s weird that they say [in the trailer] ‘30 years ago,’ but in this movie it’s like the first one didn’t happen. It’s a great story but told totally differently. It’s the same thing of four unlikely heroes, it’s in New York City, ghosts are taking over. It’s the same classic story, but it’s not a ’30 years later.’ … Believe me, the question was asked. I think it’s very confusing.”
Based on her words, my guess is that the studio probably did not use the filmmakers themselves to make the trailer, but rather hired an outside source, with the idea being pushed that the trailer should appeal more to the nostalgia of the old series that actually try to promote what the new film is, hence the messy trailer we ended up with. Which means there is still hope for the film, especially if you follow the old adage that sometimes a bad trailer means a great film (and vice-versa. Let’s not forget that ‘Star Wars: The Phantom Menace’ had some pretty amazing trailers).
What are your thoughts on the trailer and McCarthy’s reaction to it? Are you still excited for ‘Ghostbusters?’ Share your opinions below!
Nick is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles, who belongs to the privileged few who enjoyed the ending to ‘Lost.’ For more of Nick’s thoughts and articles, follow him on Twitter (@starfro67)