It's finally here! The first trailer for Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot premiered online on Thursday, and any haters who had doubts that it was going to be awesome are in for a big surprise. Of course, those of us familliar with the work of Feig, as well the work of the stars, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, knew this was a sure thing. Now we can finally see our heroes get slimed for the first time.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Feig was once again tasked with defending his decision to cast penisless actors, aka women, as the Ghostbusters, and he did it in the best way possible: "I just wanted the funniest people, and the funniest people I know are these women. It shouldn’t be about that. Ghostbusters is for everybody.” Whenever a man complains about the new Ghostbusters being women, I picture him at age 40, showing up at his elderly mother's yard sale and getting mad when he sees an 8-year-old girl trying to buy his old action figures. "Those aren't for you!" I imagine him snarling, as he slaps Venkman and Stantz out of her hands. "Here, you can have Janine."
Feig said that he saw the original Ghostbusters on opening night, back when he was a film student, and when Ivan Reitman, who directed the first movie, asked him to direct the reboot, it blew his mind. "I love the idea that a new generation is going to have their own Ghostbusters." Yes, the film industry has been a little reboot-heavy lately, but if that means that parents can take their kids to see Ghostbusters, Star Wars, and Jurassic whatever in the theaters, I'm all for it. And if it means that Hi-C might temporarily bring back Ecto-Cooler, I'm doubly all for it.
Back to the movie, though. It looks similar enough to the original, without being a carbon copy; they still drive the Ecto-1, only now their headquarters appears to be a Chinese take-out joint rather than Hook & Ladder 8. Slimer shows up briefly (!), as well as Chris Hemsworth (who, by the way, can really wear a pair of glasses, if you know what I mean). There's even a possession! And much like the first movie, we see our protagonists turn from a group of goofy, bumbling scientists who are in way over their heads to a bunch of badass superheroes who save the city. Summer can't come fast enough.