But okay, you asked for it. See for yourself:
Let’s start with the good. The visual effects are on point. The ghosts look sufficiently ghosty. The proton streams look positively protonic. Granted, they did in the first trailer too.
And now the bad. Literally everything else, of course. But most egregiously, I can’t tell if this new trailer was made with the awareness of how just negatively people responded to the first one. It starts with a monologue by Melissa McCarthy about the Ghostbusters qualified self-empowerment. Newscasters wondering if they’re to be taken seriously. Leslie Jones remarking if it’s “a race thing or a lady thing” why she falls flat. The answer? It’s a you thing. Your character in this film is the worst part and I’ve seen less than five minutes of footage between the two trailers. Chris Hemsworth quipping that he’s born to be a Ghostbuster in what would almost certainly be a better film.
But it keeps going. “Something big happening”. “Apocalypse”. The fact that nobody “wants a piece of” Melissa McCarthy. A government coverup. “Mass hysteria”. It’s… it’s unreal– the trailer itself is predicting how terrifyingly awful the film will actually be. And just when you can smile at the thought of Leslie Jones leaving– just when you thought they were done trying to ruin everything– we get the return… of the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.
I pulled my typin’ punches the last time we got a trailer. I “sound” more disappointed than upset. But I called it, as anyone with half a brain might have. Yes, in a final desperate gamble to have fans attempt to give one last flying f— about this film, they make the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man into a scary snarling monster, instead of the cute, ironic giant foodstuff kaiju that has become an icon of the franchise.
Mass hysteria, indeed. Just watch.