They’ve finally released the trailer for the new Ghostbusters movie, starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jordan. I was first intrigued about this remake of the classic movie because they switched all the gender roles: they made the male leads female and they even turned the female secretary into a male (Chris Hemsworth).
I’m not really a Ghostbusters fan, mostly because I haven’t seen the original movies (so I can’t say I like or hate them…I’m neutral)…but I’m actually excited about this film. I do think Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy can get a bit over the top with their comedy (let us not forget the bathroom scene from Bridesmaids) but I typically enjoy their films nonetheless. I also think Melissa McCarthy plays “possessed by a ghost” real well in this trailer.
This movie has the potential to be really funny, especially with the great cast. But I also have a feeling that it may be a flop. It may appear they tried too hard to make it a hit that it’s not actually funny. That’s the challenge with making such a remake: the originals are so beloved that if you’re going to remake it you have to do it better, which is difficult. It’s like when musicians cover other artists’ hit songs: they have to make the song their own and, in that way, better.
Anyway, we’ll see how it goes. I’m excited to see the film, and I plan on seeing it in theaters (and if you’ve followed this blog long enough, you know that means something).