With just over a week to go before the release of the rebooted Ghostbusters, we now have a chance to take a closer look at some of the gear the new team will be packing. The first official clip of the new film has gone online, and while it doesn't show us the old trusty proton pack, that's because the new team will have some weapons that the old team never did. Check it out.
The clip gives us a look at two new gadgets, the Ghost Chipper, which is apparently the sort of thing one uses to reenact the finale of Fargo on your standard ghost, and the Proton Glove, which is explained as being a device for "hand-to-specter" combat, though, since it has the ability to send out Street Fighter style fireballs, it appears to work as a ranged weapon as well. While the chipper is completely new, we've actually seen the glove in the official trailer.
While an interesting scene, and something that the original Ghostbusters film never had, it's unlikely this is going to win any converts over to the reboot. The clip's punchline, where the Proton Glove nearly hits them, is more than a little predictable. We can also predict a scene later in the film where the Ghost Chipper chops up a ghost and covers somebody, probably another member of the team, in ectoplasm. That's going to happen, right?
At the same time, there's nothing inherently wrong with the clip either. The jokes may be a bit obvious, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're not funny. This isn't a scene that's designed to make you laugh out loud anyway. While many have already decided that the Ghostbusters reboot is going to be terrible, there are certainly others who think it looks funny. We fully expect both sides will find reinforcement of their opinion here.
If there's really anything new here, it's that Kate McKinnon's character, Jillian Holtzman gets a chance to actually do something. We knew from the trailer that her character was the creator of all the team's weapons, but the other trailers have seemed to focus most on Leslie Jones and Melissa McCarthy. While McKinnon doesn't have any great jokes here, at least she gets to do something interesting. She's also still the most interesting looking character on the team.
Anybody have any constructive thoughts about this clip or will the comments simply become a bloodbath of hate on the new Ghostbusters? Let's find out, shall we?