Although some were skeptical about a “Ghostbusters” reboot, decades later with an all-female cast, the recently-released trailer for Paul Feig’s upcoming film earned a lot of praise from people. But not director/podcaster/pop culture icon Kevin Smith — who is ripping apart the trailer in an eyebrow-raising rant.
“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,” the man behind “Red State” and the “Clerks” films fumes, saying that the trailer should be celebrating the sight of four strong women, not simply falling back on lazy male tropes. “It could’ve been all men with the same jokes, and it still would have sucked.”
Speaking on his popular “Hollywood Babble-On” podcast with comedian Ralph Garman, the New Jersey filmmaker made a point to say that trailers aren’t always representative of a film’s quality, and he’s still holding out hope. “This isn’t coming from a ‘women can’t be funny’ [place],” he says. “These women are hysterical.”
According to Smith, the clip is just another example of Hollywood taking a movie and trying to fit it into a pre-fabricated box for promotional purposes. “The trailer’s not strong,” he insists. “And that doesn’t mean the movie’s gonna blow … the 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.”
Starring Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones, we’d be inclined to think that Smith is correct. Either way, the truth will come out when Feig’s “Ghostbusters” reboot hits theaters July 15.