The long-awaited full-length trailer for the new “Ghostbusters” movie is out. The film is directed and co-written by Paul Feig, best known for his movies with Melissa McCarthy.
This re-introduction to the franchise is an update from the classic comedy from 1984, which starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and the late Harold Ramis. This time, the principal cast is all women: McCarthy stars alongside Kristen Wiig and "Saturday Night Live" cast members Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.
The Frame's John Horn spoke with Sean Rameswaram, a host and producer at WNYC and a very serious “Ghostbusters” fan boy, about whether the film can live up to the original.
It's been a long time since "Ghostbusters" has been around. This movie is coming out in a very competitive summer. What does this trailer have to do in terms of reintroducing the movie to veteran "Ghostbusters" fans, and a new audience that might have no idea about the franchise?
Essentially, in the same way as "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." It looks like almost a prototype of the original "Ghostbusters" movie — the way the black cast member, Leslie Jones in this case, shows up halfway through the movie. It's following the form set by the first movies, so I think that will cater to those who are familiar with that material and those who aren't. What I noticed was there's a very nice sheen to this, it looks very slick. I know a lot of the movie was filmed in Boston.
I feel like they're definitely looking to engage kids with this movie as much as the fan boys, which is a good thing because I want this movie to be popular. I think it's lacking a certain edge of the first movie in some of the grit in New York City, which makes sense, too, because this place has been totally transformed into this family-friendly Disneyland, gentrification, aristocratic-haven sort of thing. It's keeping with the times, John.
So when the first "Ghostbusters" came out, it really was transformational for the careers for Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and the late Harold Ramis. Right now, we have two actors, Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, who have established film careers, but how important could this movie be to Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones?
I haven't seen them do huge starring roles before in movies, but they shine so strongly on "Saturday Night Live." I think it's going to be a really good moment for them, especially Leslie Jones ... I think some people aren't aware of this, but she's in her late 40s, despite being a brand new addition to SNL. I think it's been a long time coming for her, so it's going to be be really exciting to see her shine. The funniest moment in the trailer is when Leslie Jones literally slaps a ghost out of Melissa McCarthy and then just slaps her once again for good measure. That literally is a perfect preview where Leslie Jones is bound to steal the show.