Paul Feig‘s ‘Ghostbusters’ Trailer Gets a More Effective Fan Edit With Better Music
The trailer for Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters finally arrived a couple of days ago, offering our first look at the new team in action and instantly establishing Kate McKinnon as the film’s MVP. Most people seem pretty divided on the trailer, with some criticizing the lengthy first look for lacking a bit of punch. Fan edits are rarely better than the stuff they’re manipulating, but this new cut of the Ghostbusters trailer feels a little more effective than Sony’s official version.
Instead of using the somber version of the original Ghostbusters theme song, this cut uses Ray Parker’s original theme and gets right down to business. It’s far shorter than the official trailer, but it’s more tightly edited and works more as a teaser than a full trailer. A teaser may have been a better choice for our first look at Ghostbusters, but Sony would have needed to release one a couple of months ago before rolling out a longer trailer.
Here we get brief looks at the main cast, action sequences, a couple of ghosts (Slimer is still in there) and some of the new equipment the team will be using. This cut keeps a few carefully timed punchlines, but removes the dead space between them. While the official trailer for Feig’s film did have some good jokes, the scenes were either too long (like Leslie Jones’ Exorcist bit) or not that funny — and to be fair, it’s likely that Sony and Feig are saving the best laughs for the theater. The trailers for The Heat and Spy weren’t packed with too many jokes, either, and those films were far funnier and entertaining than the trailers suggested.
If you aren’t a fan of how the new ghosts look, this trailer does nothing to fix that, but I personally like how Feig’s design resembles the cartoonish transparency of the classic Ghostbusters movies while still kind of doing its own thing. And if you’re one of those people who can’t stand the idea of an all-female Ghostbusters because it ruins your childhood or whatever, this trailer won’t fix that for you, either (and maybe you should ask yourself how lame your childhood was if a movie has the power to ruin it).