I ain’t afraid of no ghosts! – My opinion (and theory) on the new Ghostbusters.

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Right. Lets try and get through this area as quickly as possible. I will put my hands up and admit, I did have my reservations about the announcement of the film. Not because of the all female cast, but because of the uncertainty about there plans for the story and how it would fit in the universe.

And from the moment I heard about the all women cast over a year and a half ago, my initial thought was it was ballsy and an interesting move for the team. But I never really have an issue with it. my guess for the plot was pretty simple. Either it was going to be a totally new story set in the Ghostbuster Universe or a re-imagining of the 1984 original. Which, although I was disappointed about. I mean, who wouldn’t want to see Venkman and Co one more time. But I was actually intrigued with how they were going to do it.

As we have been drip fed the information on plot and set design etc. over the year and a half since Paul Feig took to the steering wheel of his own ECTO-1. We still don’t have an idea yet about the plot.

However since Friday when the trailer escaped the Muon Trap (yep…i know my Ghostbuster trivia) and into the interwebs. The response has been……well mixed!!

News feeds about how people are talking about how bad the racial stereotyping in the trailer, and people STILL having issues with it being an all female lead cast, has quite frankly got out of hand. I personally can say none of those issues were brought up by anyone i know upon discussion after seeing the trailer (thank the maker!!).

As the fans who, like me, are interested in what the final version will be like, are put in an awkward place online having to then defend the reason for why they like it. My opinion is my own, and I will stand on the side I want to stand on, nor will I argue for or against my reasons either.

Anywho, lets look at this trailer and give you my theories.

The opening did make me smile, as it homaged what Ivan Reitman, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, gave us 32 years ago. The shot of Hook & Ladder No. 8, gave me chills. The simple yet iconic notes of the theme song rang out. It instantly threw me back to being 6 year old, being a massive Real Ghostbusters fan and being aloud to see the original movie for the first time.

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My first little issue I noticed was did state that 30 years ago 4 Scientists saved New York (even though Winston Zeddemore was not actually a Scientist) but I could live with it, if that is what they are referring to.

This to some people screamed sequel. But this is where i’m theorising that it’s potentially a film set within the Ghostbusters universe. Perhaps the story takes an unfortunate turn where Venkman and Co die either, during the Vigo The Carpathian on New Years Eve or possibly later in another Ghostly attack. Which then in turn caused that world to be destroyed and we’re seeing an alternative universe….possibly??? Who know’s but i’m stating now, its not a sequel.

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The iconic logo of the Ghostbusters. Perhaps a vigilante is using it or perhaps its a message??

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Our first introduction to a ghost and the team, possibly as amateur paranormal researchers, meeting the ghost of the women in the picture above. fairly reminiscent to the Librarian? As well seeing slime, reminding watchers that humour is still pretty important, even when someone is unexpectedly slimed.

Now we get to what i think could be pretty interesting….

Now looking from this scene in the trailer (Top Image), that interior isn’t exactly screaming garage on the side of a Chinese takeaway restaurant, is it? To me it looks like the interior of Ladder 8 (it looks like where the office area was in the original and second film), You can even seen the old Gate doors (in red…respecting The Real Ghostbuters cartoon) Oddly i’ve not seen any trailer breakdown suggesting this theory? (cue to people proving me wrong) But we get to see some cool tech as well as the new or possibly a Muon Trap to catch something bigger? We also another look at the Proton Pack 2.0 (with the power on sound) that Paul Feig showed us a few months back.

We also had the unveiling (in the trailer at least, as again a picture has been around for some time) of the new ECTO-1, and it was a throwback to how the original ECTO-1 was first was seen on the big screen all those years ago. I liked the how they’re using a 30 year old hearse and represent the length of time it has been between this and from the original films….minus a few years, roughly.

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Throwback to the unveiling of ECTO-1

WE HAVE SLIMER…..This was just pure pleasure to see him once again. I don’t think Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis or Ivan Reitman thought that Slimer would become the icon he is.

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SLIIIIMMMMMEEEERRRRR!!

We also see the typical upsurge of ghouls causing havoc in Times Square. Upon re-watching the trailer for write this. I noticed the billboard for Twinkies, which referred to Winston response after Egon explained about the imminent P.K.E surge in Ghostbusters 1.

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What about the Twinkie?

We finally see the weapons in action. Upon first view of the Proton Pistols I thought, utter gimmick. but after a few watches I actually thought they are pretty cool. We also saw the Proton Pack hot and popping! This was the moment I thought ‘Now this it Ghostbusters’

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Upon this we get to see Kevin, the new receptionist, possibly possessed like McCarthy’s character was a few seconds later.

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We then are introduced to the logo and that was that was the end of the trailer.

To sum up, it looks interesting based from what the trailer is. The characters look interesting,  with each character showing each of these wonderful actresses typical character traits that we have seen in previous films and TV shows.  Visually it looks great, although the tonal colour of the apparitions could have been expanded to just green and blue.

We have nothing to base the story on as yet, other than the ghosts can take over humans, and some stuff is going down in NYC, but it’s all still open to interpretation. However, all of this is based on a trailer, which doesn’t always necessarily represents the final product, to a degree anyways. The important question is will it be good? Now that I can’t answer….But I can say I hope so! Cause it’s been a little too long and I need to see me some Proton Pack action once again.

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