The first trailer for the all female remake of one of the most beloved 80’s films has finally debuted online and of course fans of the original are still figuring out if this is going to be a good idea in the end or just another failed Hollywood remake.
To be fair, the new film does have some of the funniest ladies in the entertainment industry today, with Bridesmaids stars Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig being joined by Saturday Night Live cast members Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones as the title characters.
But of course is almost impossible to compete with the original Ghostbusters cast that included Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis and Annie Potts.
The 1984 film was a critical and commercial success, receiving a positive response from both critics and audiences grossing an impressive $242 million in the United States and more than $295 million worldwide. It was even nominated for two Oscars at the 57th Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects and Best Original Song.
Obviously the remake has some big shoes to fill.
As to what to expect, the formula for the remake is a lot like the original film, as the official synopsis reads:
“Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) and Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) are a pair of unheralded authors who write a book positing that ghosts are real. A few years later, Gilbert lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia University, but her book resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia. When ghosts invade Manhattan, Gilbert reunites with Yates, teaming up with a nuclear engineer, Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), and a subway worker, Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones), to save the world from a mysterious evil and powerful demon known as Rowan (Neil Casey) who can exercise control over human forms.”
The first trailer starts off with some title cards about how four scientists saved New York 30 years ago from paranormal activity. Then it jumps to today with our new crew.
The trailer doesn’t gives too much of the movie away. We only see the team get all slimed, a glimpse of the original story of the Ecto-1, and of course a shot of Thor himself Chris Hemsworth playing the new secretary of the team.
Many scenes will definitely make the viewers recall a number of famous “Ghostbusters” equipment such as Proton pack, ghost trap, P.K.E. Meter, containment unit and many more. A shot of the old firehouse, which has been the headquarter of the first Ghostbusters, was also shown.
Most people seem pretty divided on the trailer, with some criticizing the lengthy first look for lacking a bit of punch. For others the trailer confirmed their worst fears, for some it was a surprising, satisfactory, tease of a new direction for the familiar story with plenty of references to the original franchise.
Overall it is too early to predict whether the film is going to be as amazing and funny as the first one, as we have to wait until the remake opens in theaters on July 15, 2016.
In the meantime, you can watch the full first trailer and judge for yourself.