I just don’t have the same level of nostalgia for Ghostbusters (the original) that other people do, but I’ve found that, over time, I’ve become more and more excited about seeing a female-led remake. After seeing the trailer, however, my interest has . . . dimmed.
Of course, one trailer might not mean much. I’ve found plenty of trailers disappointing and loved the actual films themselves. But I feel like this is missing something. Bill Murray’s asshole shtick doesn’t always work for me–look, my blog is appropriately named, just deal with it–but his bevy of amazing sarcastic one-liners are kind of what make the movie, and this trailer doesn’t have much of that sharpness going for it. The humor feels a little broad for me, a little less clever than I’d like, although I will say that Kate McKinnon seems pretty awesome. I’m absolutely interested in her total weirdness.
My other concern is about Leslie Jones’s character. I’ll admit, I was kind of hoping that this movie wasn’t going to repeat the three white scientists, one black everyman structure, but still, it could work. After all, I liked Ernie Hudson in the original movie; I just felt that he was wildly underused and deeply random. Perhaps this script will treat Jones better. (Although I am no more convinced that you need an everyman for this story now than I was then.) But my bigger problem is that, based off this trailer, I found a lot of her jokes kind of the opposite of funny, particularly that bit at the end with “THE POWER OF PAIN COMPELS YOU!!!” Being white, I’m probably not the best person to delve into the Sassy Black Woman trope, so I won’t get into that too deeply. What I will say is that I feel like this trailer is giving me the shriekiest version of that trope, and whether it’s a stereotype or just a specific brand of humor, it’s not something that I, personally, particularly go for.
Hopefully, the second trailer will do more for me because I want to be interested in this. I want more female-led comedy, sci-fi, and action movies with groups of women taking charge, not being relegated to, say, The Love Interest and/or The One Badass Chick in the Group. But this was pretty so-so for me.
The Brother Grimsby
On the other hand, this appears to be the comedy they’ll play for me on endless repeat when I go to Hell, so take back everything negative I said about Ghostbusters; I will happily watch the worst version of that movie a zillion times if I never have to watch this.
Sorry, Mark Strong. Not even for you.
I watched Finding Nemo years after it first came out and thought it was a totally decent movie (with a thoroughly depressing beginning) that I didn’t really need to watch again. I mean, I could see it again. I just have zero need to. Finding Dory kinds of strikes me as more of the same. It looks cute enough, and I like the whale shark. But I have no particular desire to see it, either, so I’ll watch it when someone eventually makes me, likely think it’s decent, and then never watch it again.
The Other Side of the Door
Man, I’m really striking out on trailers today. I bet something awesome will come out later, too, just so I’ll be like, “Damn, I should have waited a few more hours. Now I’m stuck with the scary movie that appears to be going down the How To Make a Generic Horror Movie checklist.”
Mother loses son and life loses all meaning.
A person with brown skin tells the white heroine big mystical secrets.
The heroine does the one thing she’s not supposed to do.
The dead come back wrong.
The remaining living child is a bit creepy because she Knows things.
Starring recognizable faces but certainly not A-list names (in this case, Sarah Wayne Callies and Jeremy Sisto)
Although it should be said that if you’re going to let a grieving mother say goodbye to her dead child, you really have to do more than just tell her she can’t open the door separating them. If you really don’t want her to open that door, someone is going to have to restrain that woman, and I think you know that. Of course, if you just don’t care or are secretly hoping she opens it, that’s totally fine, but if you’re really going to get all righteous about it, you need to post a few guards at the secret temple.
Definitely a pass for me. Although, again, I’d watch it ten times before The Brothers Grimsby.
And finally . . . Damien
Okay, I’ve seen a better trailer for this show, but even if I hadn’t, I’d probably try it out regardless. Come on, it’s a completely unnecessary sequel to The Omen starring Arthur/Lowell! What’s not to like?
I’ll admit, I’m fully expecting this to be awful, but what if it’s actually good? The cast isn’t bad, after all, with some familiar TV faces playing the supporting roles, although I am disappointed that Bradley James apparently isn’t using his English accent. Come on, guys. I’m disappointed in you. He’s the Antichrist. Haven’t we all just accepted that evil is British? I thought we knew this by now.
Hopefully, this will either be surprisingly good or, more likely, a super cheesy and terrible guilty pleasure. Hopefully it is not takes-itself-so-seriously-it sucks-all-the-fun-out-of-life bad. I wouldn’t put any money down on that or anything, but I still plan to give it a shot.