Broadsheet Trailer Park: Ghostbusters



What you may need to know:

1. It’s the first proper look at Paul Feig’s ill-advised reboot. And it hasn’t gone down well.

2. “I’m not a misogynist, but I play one on TV”. The decision to go with an all-female cast has been heavily criticised since the project was first announced.

Now Leslie Jones is getting heat over the fact that her character is the only one of the principal cast that’s not a scientist.

4. Calm down. No one’s childhood is getting raped.

5. Yes, this looks terrible. No, it’s not funny. But it’s probably no worse than the Ghostbusters 3 project that Dan Aykroyd was developing for over a decade. And it won’t change how good the original Ghostbusters is.

Broadsheet prognosis: Stinky McStinkeroo. In 3D.

Release Date: July 15.

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94 thoughts on “Broadsheet Trailer Park: Ghostbusters

  1. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

    It doesn’t look terrible, the original films were just as lame in their jokes and set-ups – that’s the joy of them!

    1. 15 cents

      nonsense, Don. Bill Murray had loads of legitimately funny dialogue in the originals. As did Rick Moranis.

      1. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

        They are funny, they are also lame, like dad jokes. Which are fine by me. But that’s my point, the movie is apparently worse now because its women saying them?

    1. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

      Big, easy money in remakes. Why come up with your own idea when you can just butcher someone else’s which you know people will watch whether you do a decent job or not?

  2. Condescending Nana

    this looks alright, just as silly and low brow as the og, I sense overgrown little boys angst, ease up

  3. edalicious

    I think it might be alright but maybe the trailer is just really badly cut? Hopefully?

  4. Clampers Outside!

    Head Of Sony: “Fat women are funny, put a fat woman in it, that way, it’s not sexist and it’s not fattest…. it’s a win-win”

    Intern At Sony: “Hey, hey, hey, hey……. I know…… let’s put TWO fat women in it”

    Head Of Sony: “It’s a double win-win ! ….make that guy head of Creative Comedic Solutions !”

      1. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

        And make the black chick the one who has the sassy street smarts cause, you know, black! Diversity!

        1. Major Thrill

          It’s the one bit of the trailer that seems like a huge step back compared to the originals. Granted, Winston wasn’t a scientist either (though in either an early draft or some expanded materials he was a former Engineering corp officer who got a degree via the GI bill or some such) but he wasn’t a massive stereotype looking to cash in on the Madea dollar.

          1. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

            It’s quite striking isn’t it? I would have put what’s her name, from Bridesmaids in that role instead, she could do it and it wouldn’t seem so, odd.

            I read some interview with him the other day how his character wasn’t in the trailer, wasn’t in the poster and the script was changed once Bill Murray came on board – like from smart black scientist (which is what he signed up to) to a character who just pops up now and then. He was not happy but couldn’t get out of it.

          2. rotide

            Apart from the two from bridesmaids that are already in it?

            Is that all women have to offer the world of comedic film? ‘That bird from bridesmaids’? You’re as bad as hollywood it seems Don.

          3. Lorcan Nagle

            “I would have put what’s her name, from Bridesmaids in that role instead,”

            Chris O’Dowd?

          4. Major Thrill

            Even with that downgrade, poor old Winston still managed to apply for the job and demonstrate some sort of qualification to operate a nuclear reactor. I know the trailer doesn’t show everything but we’re clearly meant to think Patty Tolan shows up and becomes a demonstrably unqualified team member through weaponised sass.

            Still, I like Holtzmann.

    1. newsjustin

      “Obviously one of those women must be a street-smart black lady who says, “Uh uh, hellz no!” At least 3 times per scene.

      It looks watchable to be fair.

        1. meadowlark

          Bear Grylls says it is so, then so must it be.

          Also, would you like this homemade sheep sleeping bag to go with the bottled urine?

  5. Smith

    ‘No one’s childhood is getting raped’

    Poor choice of words.

    These posts are tired. Picking the latest trailer release from IMDb and writing numbered points is not film criticism. Hope your thesis has more substance.

          1. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

            It’s true, women can’t be funny because we might talk about boobs or periods or childbirth or something a bit, icky, even though they are all rich in comedic (see: painful humiliation) value.

        1. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

          How dare they have a cast reflecting 50% of the population! Now it’s rubbish! Anger! Sneering!

      1. rotide

        No it was a film with a cast.

        Bridesmaids wasn’t obvious marketing. It took a genre , gave it a twist and was geniunely funny.

        This is taking something with obvious stock and heavyhandedly crowbarring in the all women thing to make a few bucks.

        1. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

          Remakes are all about obvious stock and heavyhandedly crowbarring things in to make a few bucks.

          Here’s an idea…. let’s wait and watch the movie before you completely write it off as being obvious stock and heavyhandedly crowbarring in the all women thing to make a few bucks.

  6. The Real Jane

    Good or bad, at least it annoys a certain section of society. Even if it’s the funniest film ever made, it won’t beat the hilarious howling of the lads who can’t bear the idea of a film with women – even a fat woman!! – allowed in it in a speaking capacity.

    1. Anomanomanom

      That’s not why people are giving out. It’s women in the role for no reason other than…….. No reason actually. It’s as ridiculous as the black Anne, she white end of. I’d be the same if they made Blade white, he’s black end of. Changing these things to be PC is annoying, changing them for no other reason than funny Women are hot Right now, make ghost busters women is fupping worse. ……il still go see it though

      1. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

        It’s totally why people are giving out about it. A remake of men would have had maybe been criticised for being a remake, this one gets “girls can’t be ghostbusters”, which is a bold-faced lie.

        1. Anomanomanom

          Well maybe for the morons. I personally think people are sick of “reboots”, then to remake something and for no reason change the sex of the main characters. It’s just ridiculous, we get it women can be funny.

          1. Nigel

            The idea that there must be some justification for casting women in the roles, in a remake, no less, because, fine, you remake a film purely for the cash, that can be accepted, but casting women needs a valid artistic rationale, really highlights where we’re at.

          2. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

            And I swear to God, if there is even a hint of a joke about “woman’s business” in there, I am going to trash the CineWorld.

          3. Lorcan Nagle

            Dón, have you checked out Crazy Ex-Girlfriend? I think you’ll get a kick out of it. Search for The Sexy Getting Ready Song on Youtube for a sample.

    2. Caroline

      The guys wetting their knickers over this are the absolute film highlight of the year. 10/10 would watch again.

  7. Funster Fionnanánn

    Has anybody rewatched the original lately? As films go it wasn’t great. Goofy nonsense.

    1. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

      I saw them over Christmas again. Some more vocal critics would have you believe the Ghostbusters franchise was the greatest gift of film every given to humanity rather than a set of ridiculously over the top 80s comedy films.

      1. Anomanomanom

        You must have had an awful childhood. Ghost busters 1 is a classic, not just 80’s standards.

        1. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

          They are great but they are hardly Citizen Kane are they?

        2. Condescending Nana

          it’s not, it’s a silly movie. get over yourself, a classic is Bicycles thieves or the Nights of Cabiria. This is just tripe; og, sequels and reboot.

          1. Anomanomanom

            Ah ok now i see. Your taste in movies good, everyone else Bad. People can argue all they want but ghost busters is a classic. Like some 80’s films, back to the future, rambo, some rocky films ext they might be dated but they are classics for type of movie they are.

      2. rotide

        Yeah, I saw it recently and it’s still funny and charming.

        The fact you keep including the sequel in the conversation speaks volumes Don.

        1. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

          “The fact you keep including the sequel in the conversation speaks volumes Don.”

          What are you talking about? Volumes of what? People get butt hurt over a remake which is totally designed to be a lazy way to rake in money because it has too many girls in it?

          1. rotide

            Most sequels are rubbish and just ways to turn a quick buck off the original. Case in point Ghostbusters 2. Noone is saying that it was a classic which you seem to be implying.

            People would be writing this off if it was all male, all black , all indian or all dogs. The wimminz like yourself just seem to think that it’s an attack on women everywhere if people dare to think it’s just plain old hollywood buck turning.

          2. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

            It’s “wimminz ” like me who read articles and comments from men complaining about this movie SOLELY because it has women in it, that it should have men only, that it’s now ruined because women. Go and read those and then tell what me what you think that is.

          3. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

            And, if it’s “plain old hollywood buck turning”, why do you care?

  8. Eoin

    Leslie Jones is getting grief over playing a shockingly stereotypical, working class, female black character. I thought we had moved beyond that? There was none of that in the original. Dunno why they’ve messed it up in this reboot. Deliberately courting controversy to get more publicity perhaps? Seeing as this movie is a charm free, second rate copy and will hopefully flop and put an end to reboots.

    1. Clampers Outside!

      You think that’s bad…. they black faced Zoe Saldana for Nina Simone biopic ‘Nina’

      ….. Zoe Saldana is black…

      ….the mind truly boggles what the fupp they were thinking to do that !
      It’s funny ’cause it’s soooooo stooopid.

      1. Anomanomanom

        It’s not stupid at all. What your saying is someone can’t be made look darker because they shouldn’t have to look like the person they are playing in the film. I’m white iv friends who are whiter than white I mean pale. Now id have to be made pale to play them in a movie, so what would be wrong with that

      2. newsjustin

        But what’s wrong with using make-up to make actors look like people they’re playing? Benedict Cumberbatch had his hair dyed to play Julian Assange, whoever plays Trump in a movie will be made orange.

        OK, traditional “black-face” makes us, understandably quizzy, but this is just make-up.

      3. rotide

        The issue is that in America where race politics is a hot issue, she’s not black. In other words, she’s not African American. Shes hispanic and even though she’s actually darker than some of the black actresses who would be in the frame to play the part, ‘blacking’ her up is causing all sorts of issues with the type of people who see any dismissal of this ghostbusters remake an attack on women.

      4. Clampers Outside!

        Me personally, I think it’s not a biggy… but with all the controversy that these decisions bring up, wouldn’t you think they’d avoid it :)
        I’ll put it this way…… no matter how good a job done on the movie, I can’t see the ‘Makeup’ Oscar ever even being considered.
        Maybe they wanted to court controversy…… who knows…

  9. Scraib

    My main disagreement is with the car. HOW could they replace Ecto 1 with that yoke? Yes both are Cadillacs but the Eldorado they used had a lot more personality than the square yoke they have now?

  10. Kevin

    Looks great. That cast is fantastic. The VFX are up to par. It’s pretty f*cking awesome to see an action comedy sold on the women. Seeing four fun women blasting ghosts? Sign me up.

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