'Ghostbusters' Trailer Reveals a Bigger, Wackier, Feig-ier Haunted New York

March 3, 2016


The first trailer for Paul Feig's Ghostbusters is here, and while it won't go back and murder your childhood memories in the womb or whatever, it certainly is Feig's now-standard broad, evenly-lit comedy take on the material.

Inviting comparisons to its predecessor (despite Feig previously wanting to distance himself from such), the trailer begins with the already-cliché trailer gimmick of a sparse, haunting cover of a familiar tune--this time the Ghostbusters theme, naturally. It then makes sure to remind us that "30 years ago, four scientists saved New York" (never mind that it was actually three scientists and a grounded, blue-collar guy) before getting into a very recognizable story. In summary: three white scientists investigate a library ghost sighting; one approaches ghost woman trying to make contact; ghost abruptly freaks out; trio invent some ghost-catching equipment, hire black New Yorker, get custom extended car; Slimer shows up; and they, assumedly, save the city in the big final set-piece.

But while much is familiar beat-wise, the tone seems to be quite a departure from even the unfortunate, hammier Ghostbusters II. They're really going for the out-and-out laughs here, at the cost of all the naturalism that made the original film work so well. They're also apparently really going for the toy sales. This Ghostbusters might as well be its own sequel for how much bigger and "better" stuff has been thrown in here, including: Ecto-motorcycles, proton-pistols, proton-GAUNTLETS, and just a shit-ton of ghosts in general, each sold separately.

Basically, though, Feig seems to have just handled this more like Spy than his wonderfully real-feeling Freaks and Geeks. And it's a shame, because envisioning the Freaks and Ghouls take on this actually sounds kind of great. That's not what we've got though. We've got this:

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