The Ghostbusters trailer was met with some indifference when it was finally released at the start of the month.
Some fans were left unimpressed by the jokes and quips that the trailer had to offer, and Twitter soon erupted with discussions over whether Paul Feig would do the reboot justice.
And now writer and director Kevin Smith, whose work includes the like of Clerks, Mallrats, Dogma, Chasing Amy, and Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back, has launched a scathing attack on the quality of the Ghostbusters trailer.
Strap on your proton pack, the #Ghostbusters trailer is here. https://t.co/i74AsEQvftHowever, despite admitting that he was disappointed by the clip for Ghostbusters, Kevin Smith is adamant that the film will still be worthwhile.
— Ghostbusters (@Ghostbusters) March 3, 2016
Speaking on his Hollywood Babble-On podcast, Kevin Smith insisted, "Whoever cut this trailer needs to be sat down, and I'm not going to call for their job to be taken away from them but they need to be scolded."
"It could've been all men with the same jokes, and it still would have sucked," Kevin Smith continued. "The trailer's not strong, and that doesn't mean the movie's gonna blow, like again the f****** pedigree of this movie is undeniable. There's no way all these people involved don't make a f****** funny, at least watchable fun movie."
It's good to hear that Kevin Smith is still enthused about Ghostbusters, especially since most of the detractors of the trailer quickly went on to dismiss the film entirely.
There's been plenty of controversy of the Ghostbusters reboot ever since it was announced that, rather than being a sequel or direct descendent of 1984's Ghostbusters and 1989's Ghostbusters II, the film would be set in an entirely different universe.
Fans then took umbrage with the fact that the Ghostbusters cast would be entirely female, while, as well as the quality and comedy of the trailer being attacked, the film was also accused of racism because Leslie Jones' Patty Tolan was the only character that wasn't a scientist out of the leading quartet. Jones is African-American, while her co-stars Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, and Kate McKinnon are each white.
The Ghostbusters reboot is lead by Kristen Wiig's Erin Gilbert and Melissa McCarthy's Abby Yates, who are a pair of authors that write a book that argues that ghosts are real. Several years later, after Gilbert lands a job at Columbia University, she is laughed out of academia after the book emerges.
However, when ghosts eventually start to invade Manhattan, Gilbert and Yates are called into action and they look to assemble a team. This includes Kate McKinnon's Jillian Holtzmann, a nuclear engineer, and Leslie Jones' Patty Tolan, a subway worker.
They all combine to battle and save the world from Neil Casey's Rown, who is a mysterious evil demon that can take a variety of human forms.
The international trailer for #Ghostbusters is here. Watch it now, and see the film in theaters this summer. https://t.co/PzqHdNJoQHAs well as starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, Ghostbusters will also star Game Of Thrones' Charles Dance and The Wire's Michael K. Williams, while Chris Hemsworth will appear as the receptionist in the sci-fi comedy drama too.
— Ghostbusters (@Ghostbusters) March 9, 2016
With a budget of $154 million, Ghostbusters will be released on July 15, 2016. Columbia Pictures will be praying that their investment hasn't been jeopardized by the response to Ghostbusters' trailer. But as Kevin Smith says, the film has all the raw ingredients to be sensational, and the trailer did a good job of suggesting that its visuals and the dynamics of its leading foursome will provide just that.
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