Sunday, March 6, 2016

Ghostbusters (2016) Trailer Opinions

Hello and welcome to the first post of my newly created Mike's Movie Opinions, where I will probably discuss my thoughts on movies new and old that I watch. I'll also be allowing others to guest-write their own opinions should you want to.

First up on my blog is a very controversial topic that seems to be getting a lot of hate and negativity. And that's the new trailer for the Ghostbusters reboot. It's no surprise that this is more than likely a reboot that none of the fans of the original 2 films wanted, but alas it's coming and fans are somewhat fairly upset.

One of these reasons is that this reboot features an all female team. Some may call it a gimmick, some may not. The word sexist is going around a lot it seems aimed at the negative people, with those negative people stating there's nothing sexist about it. They just don't like the direction it's taken. And in a way that's fair. It's fair not to like how they are treating your favorite franchise. One of the reasons for this is because they just don't think the actresses chosen are all that funny. Many are not fans of actresses like Melissa McCarthy. I myself am not the biggest fan of McCarthy, but after seeing Spy, I'm willing to give her a chance. But many aren't willing to do that.

There's also talk of racism and such involving the black character being loud and such. Whether that's a big criticism of the movie I'm not sure. I'm not sure how the movie ultimately plays out and the black character may indeed be a bit of a racial issue throughout the film. The only way we'll truly find that out is by watching the movie this July.

On to my opinions.


Okay let's get this out of the way. The Ghostbusters in the originals were almost all PHDs. Winston was not. For instance, Peter had doctorates in Psychology and Parapsychology. So that takes care of the opening statement that 4 scientists saved New York.

I like this trailer. It is different than the originals, but similar if that makes sense. People are even calling this a remake of the original. Second, the ghost that slimes the one woman is not a librarian, as in a article I read, it stated they were in a Museum, I think. I'd have to look up that article to clarify.

The ghosts look fantastic. Sure they look brighter and maybe a bit different than what you're used to in the original but I honestly feel like they could still fit in the original universe. That's honestly a plus to me.

I liked the use of the music. It's modern but still embracing the original theme for the movie. Whether they use this theme in the movie itself will probably stay TBD until we get an idea of the soundtrack. But again that may not necessarily mean anything because music used in the soundtrack may not be in the movie itself. Who knows.

The characters seem okay. It's only the first trailer so we don't get the full potential of the characters yet and I'm gonna hold off on criticizing any of them until I watch them fully grow throughout the movie. Especially Melissa McCarthy, to see if she indeed plays 'the same character through every movie she's in'.

The jokes aren't all that funny. I mean I didn't really laugh out loud with these jokes, but I'm gonna tell you something. I didn't particularly laugh out loud with the original 2 Ghostbuster flicks either, so take that for what you want.

I've seen this movie trailer probably 15-16 times now and I just enjoy it for what it is. And what it is, is an introduction to a new generation of Ghostbusters. Yes it's not what we wanted, but I'm going to embrace it for what it is. A chance for a new generation of fans to get their own team, while the 80's belonged to Venkman, Stanz, Spengler, and Zedimore, these new Ghostbusters are for the 2010's a d beyond.

Thank you,


  1. Yeah, I think it looks pretty good. Great? No, not even close. But good enough. Obviously it goes without saying that I would have preferred a Ghostbusters 3, but this doesn't look nearly as bad as everyone is making it out to be, it's just they all had it per-judged from Day 1 and online internet nerds will never, ever change their minds. It's how they always work, they have an initial opinion of a project based off nothing at all other than it exists, and then they stand by that all the way through production and upon release, no matter what.

    1. Well said, Jeff. If you've ever played the Ghostbusters game that came out in 2009, that is considered the third film and is canon in the GB-verse.

      As for the film at hand, I might still be on the fence about it but I'm willing to give it a shot. The new trailer didn't really push me to one spectrum or the other. If the movie turns out to be garbage, its not like the originals have gone away, right? Hell, even what I said in my reviews of Godzilla 1998 or TMNT 2014: if this (potentially) awful film can serve as a springboard for new fans to look into the original material, then its existence can be justified.

      How are we going to find out? By actually seeing the movie, not leaping to conclusions on our keyboards.

    2. I agree Cynic. Unfortunately though that's exactly what people seem to be doing with this movie. Jumping to conclusions on their keyboards based on just the trailer alone and stuff they're reading on the internet. It's sad, but true. I doubt I could have a truly fair conversation with many people on the net because of this, and believe me I tried.