The first trailer for the Ghostbusters reboot is worrisome: it has more than a few hints of sexism and racism, which suggests something even worse…lazy writing. And that might be a clue to something far worse still…it might not be funny.
The difference in tone between the 1984 original and the new reboot could manifest itself in another way, too.
Ghostbusters was gleefully and thoroughly anti-government. Remember, this was the plot: plucky entrepreneurial start-up faces opposition from a stagnant, invasive big-government regulator (in the form of an Environmental Protection Agency lawyer who screeches about licensing), who ultimately uses force to get his way and causes a giant catastrophe.
And beside that, we get this glorious classic line of dialogue: “Personally, I liked the university. They gave us money and facilities; we didn’t have to produce anything. You’ve never been out of college. I’ve worked in the private sector. They expect results.”
Will the reboot continue this contrarian, anti-authoritarian streak? The new trailer doesn’t give much hope, but I’ll keep hoping anyway.