When Ghostbusters slammed into theaters in 1984, no one was under the impression that this was going to be high art. Yet the quirky kid-friendly horror film was a smashing success. This summer’s remake, though, is shaping up to be a major bomb.
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The latest fuel on the speculative fire came with the recent release of the theme song. The new movie trailer (watch it below) uses the original theme song in a stark and eerie homage. But the new theme, courtesy of Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliot, is… well… lacking.
The original movie, back in 1984, was original. That was the key. There was nothing in the mainstream pipe that even came close. And it was a badass and very daring use of special effects.
It didn’t hurt that the film was written by Dan Aykroyd, and starred Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, and Harold Ramis.
Sequels are hard enough to pull off, but you still rely (mostly) on the known commodities of the original movie. That’s something. Remakes are much harder to pin down. They have to capture the spirit of the original, and the minds of a whole new generation. I think it is safe to say that the generation familiar with the original Ghostbusters will be dismissive of the remake, regardless.
And the trailer here makes this one look like a bit of a sequel-ish remake. The characters in the film know about the earlier group of ghost busters, or so it seems. We’ll see how that shapes up when the film is released in July.
Why has the pre-release reaction been so bad? Trailers are supposed to be a tease. They are supposed to make you want to see the movie. But when you watch something like this, you come away feeling like you’ve seen all of the funny bits from a film that is supposed to be really funny. And very little of the 2:37 of this trailer is funny.
One thing that the trailer isn’t showing, that maybe it should, is that Dan Aykroyd, and starred Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and Sigourney Weaver are all credited as being part of this new cast, too. The assumption is that these will be minor roles, just a step up from cameos, but I’m still hoping for more.
Check out the new trailer:
And give a listen to the new theme song:
And for those of you who can remember the 1980s, I offer this as a token for making you listen to the Fall Out Boy version. What ever happened to Ray Parker Jr, anyhow?
If nothing else, Parker had an uncanny impression of Billie D. Williams. He looks just like him. He looks so much like him that I thought the original song had been performed by Billie D. Williams. He’s that good.