The new Ghostbusters film has had a bit of a rough time so far. The all-female spectre-filled comedy has suffered an unprecedented internet backlash, with a bizarre hate-campaign, fuelled by an underlying misogyny, leading its first trailer to become one of the most disliked videos on YouTube of all time.
It's a spooky situation, not in an "aarrgh, it's a ghost!" kind of way, but more of an "arghh, the world is full of men who act in a vile and threatening manner because somehow they believe the thought of four hilarious female comedians picking up the mantle from a beloved male cast of old geezers endangers the size of their dicks," kind of way.
Or something. The fact I find the underlying bitterness so unfathomable would be comforting were it not so hateful.
And, for the record, I also personally felt the first trailer was rubbish (even if my colleagues disagreed), but for reasons that had nothing to do with the chromosomes of its cast. It just wasn't very funny.
But I have faith in the franchise, and the excellent cast and crew assembled here, and this latest Ghostbusters trailer vindicates that faith:
There's Slimer, the earworm theme tune, great looking ghosts and gags that don't fall on their face. I'd say there's a few lines in here that have been included purely to call out the web-scum too. Fair play.
So shove a proton pack in it, trolls, and move on. Give this a chance to be great – it has all the right ingredients.