Last week Sony Pictures released the official trailer for the upcoming Ghostbusters film, which as you may recall, I named one of the most anticipated movies of 2016. The trailer was released to mixed reviews, with some rallying behind the girl power the movie represents, some looking for any excuse to tear the movie down (I’m not going to link anything specific, for the internet is dark and full of terror and just generally makes me sad as a person from time to time), and some people caught right in the middle, really wanting to like the film, but weren’t necessarily reassured by the trailer. I find myself in the latter position, I’m really rooting for this film, but I’m also torn by my desire for more original content in Hollywood. Regardless, it didn’t take long for everyone on the internet to have an opinion, ranging from the steadfast believe that the film will be phenomenal, to critiquing the film’s political correctness regarding its portrayals of Patty’s character (with the latter point being refuted by Leslie Jones herself in a later statement). There was so much criticism surrounding the trailer, that a fan cut trailer went viral on the net, with everyone who posted about it asserting that it was a far superior cut than the official trailer. Well, it seems Sony has taken note of what the net had to say with its release of the international trailer.
I can’t help but notice that this trailer openly addresses how some people would look down on a team of female Ghostbusters in the form of their secretary Kevin’s attempt at “branding” as well as the bias Patty faces as a woman of color on the team. As The Mary Sue remarks, these points aren’t exactly made with nuance or subtlety, but neither has much of the internet’s obnoxious criticisms, and I have to admit it’s nice to see the film itself address some of the more unreasonable critiques of the film before its even been released. In a perfect world, we would be able to have plenty of movies about female teams without ever having to address it in the films themselves. But sadly we do not live in a perfect world, and so until then, it’s nice to see filmmakers like Paul Feig stand behind these talented ladies. Regardless of the overall quality of these trailers, I have to admit that I’ve absolutely fallen in love with Kate McKinnon’s character, and I can’t wait to see these ladies bust out their proton packs to bust some ghosts!
What do you think of the new trailer? Do you still think that the fancut trailer is superior to the official trailers that have been released? Be sure to let us know @TheMovieChickk!
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