Whenever I see Paul Feig for some reason I keep going back to thishttps://vimeo.com/96558506
Doesn't inspire a whole lot of hope for Ghostbusters since I feel like the original is so visual. The trailers haven't really shown anything that great.
That's a fantastic video (not the least because they used my favorite Holy Grail bit [though they edited it]), and every comedy director should watch it. However, not every comedy director is nor should be Edgar Wright.
There are a lot of reasons why comedy films are statically framed. One is that we are using comedy improv actors in a lot of them. And they come up with stuff on the fly. And you don't want to lose some bit of gold because you were trying something clever and can't get it in the editing. But not every scene is a dialogue focused bit, and there are visual jokes as well.
They showed Anchorman in there a lot. And, yes, that's mostly an improv-laden line fest. But one scene that immediately popped into mind was the one on the bridge with Jack Black where, out of nowhere, he kicked the dog and it went flying. Hilarious, well-framed, and totally visual.
There were a number of great visual bits in This is the End, as well. The scenes he paralleled with the news clips are interesting because both are highlighting what's important in the scene. The bits with Simon Pegg were about how bored and out of touch he was. He was alone with the TV and the scene had room for that. The scene from This is the End was about the friendship of the two characters. The casual party reference was actually an important one for their friendship, which was not only the thrust of the scene, it's also the driving force of the whole movie. Doing anything more with the television at that point would have taken away from that.
These comedy movies where the verbal jokes are the centerpiece aren't bad, they're just a different style. Just as Edgar Wright has a different style. But guess which make more money. Scott Pilgrim was very heavily featured in there. I liked it, but audiences were underwhelmed. I would also say it doesn't completely work.
In the end, Edgar Wright movies have a cult status. Just as Holy Grail does. I would say he's an accomplished director (I would have loved to see his Ant-Man), but if every movie tried to be clever like that, it would be exhausting (and his stuff wouldn't be as special).
As for this new movie, I'm not going to say that this movie will be any good. I have liked previous Feig movies. I like all of the talent involved. I like the source material. And while I think the first trailer is sloppily put together, there's still potential in there. I think it's too early to tell anything from just what we've seen, and it seems like people who are seeing this as a kind of dickslap in the face of comedic filmmaking are watching these trailers with their arms crossed to begin with.