Fans find the Ghostbusters: Afterlife second trailer humorless

Fans are asking where the comedy is in the new trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Fans find the Ghostbusters: Afterlife second trailer humorless 1

Ghostbusters: Afterlife has dropped its second trailer earlier today, and while it’s not bad at all, fans of the original Ghostbusters movies notice that it lacks comedy.

Just like the first trailer released in December 2019, the latest promo video introduces single mom Callie (Carrie Coon), her children Phoebe (McKenna Grace) and Trevor (Finn Wolfhard), and teacher Mr. Grooberson (Paul Rudd).

After being evicted from their home, Callie and her two kids are forced to move to an old farmhouse in Summerville, Oklahoma, left to them by the children’s late grandfather. They soon discover that the small town holds a couple of dark secrets. Despite not being situated on a fault line, Summerville is being hit by earthquakes regularly. There are also unexplained things that are happening in an old mine that once belonged to the alleged occultist Ivo Shandor.

When Phoebe and Trevor find out that their grandfather is actually Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), one of the original Ghostbusters, it’s up to them to use all the Ghostbusters equipment they inherited to save Summerville from a supernatural phenomenon similar to New York City’s Manhattan Crossrip of 1984.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife - Official Trailer (2021) Paul Rudd, McKenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard

Though the new Ghostbusters: Afterlife trailer is not terrible, longtime fans of the franchise think that it fails to provide the nostalgic feel of the original Ghostbusters movies because it noticeably lacks humor. In fact, on Twitter, a lot of fans are literally asking where the comedy is in the recently released trailer.

A fan even suggests that Ghostbusters: Afterlife may be going meta, tweeting, “Never thought there’d be a Ghostbusters movie with no jokes. Maybe that is the joke.”

Some fans, meanwhile, find the video more of a trailer for a Stranger Things instalment than a Ghostbusters follow-up.

Though it’s yet to be seen whether there will be a lot of comedy in the actual movie, a few fans think that Ghostbusters: Afterlife not being a full-blown comedy could actually be advantageous to the sequel.

Ghostbusters Afterlife not being a full-blown comedy is the best direction it could’ve gone,” tweeted one fan. “Otherwise, all of its jokes would just be compared to the other 3 movies. However, now it’s gone into a different direction while still respecting the legacy of the originals.”

Though not prominently featured in any of the trailers, original Ghostbusters cast members Bill Murray (Dr. Peter Venkman), Dan Aykroyd (Dr. Raymond “Ray” Stantz), Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore), Sigourney Weaver (Dana Barrett), and Annie Potts (Janine Melnitz) are all confirmed to appear in the movie.

Directed by Jason Reitman, the son of original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, Ghostbusters: Afterlife is set to open in U.S. theaters on November 11th.

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