GHOSTBUSTERS 2020 / AFTERLIFE. They came, they saw..but do they kick ass?
Remaking old classics is quite popular lately in Hollywood. Some people like them, some people not, some remakes are quite good while some are not so good. Take The Princess Bride. The very idea of remaking THAT! Sends fans into pit of despair.
Thankfully, Ghostbusters is NOT being remade. Or rebooted again. Just a soft reboot /requel..
Cast your mind back three years. A perfectly charming, harmless, funny little ensemble piece called GHOSTBUSTERS was unleashed upon cinemas. Yes, it was an all girl reboot of a 1980s property, using old imagery and throwing in cast cameos in new roles. Yes, it was derided and did not perform terribly well. I think I was the sole reviewer to give it the thumbs up? The characters were kind at heart and whilst there were some jump scares, a sense of good will and child like, innocent fun defined the enterprise, as opposed to the outright nastiness of the first two films. Paul Feig very kindly thanked me for my trouble in a personal message, which I believe to be a measure of the man (decent, generous; a spirit that permeated his take on the ghost-busting brand).
I still hold out hope for a Kate McKinnon spin off and though that continuity is of course outmoded, remember that ghosts and aliens exist in a multiverse so nothing is impossible. That said? Anything that happens in this franchise universe must now be filtered through the latest attempt at re-brand/boot/woteva. Call it a soft reboot; set in the same continuity as the 1980s films of same name, whilst moving things forward quite definitively. And a trailer has landed..
Does it look good? Yes, it does. Atmospheric, standalone somehow, yet trading off the old properties. Well directed and crafted, Mr Jason Reitman (son of Ivan Reitman, who helmed the first two films in the series). Scary in places and almost Spielberg-ian /Tim Burton-esque, in its emphasis on family /school/barns and finding big picture universe threats amidst the small town, everyday concerns of kids and parents.
Paul Rudd looks genuinely charming and the kids refreshingly un-precocious. Bill Murray’s narration loops the thing together, though one could argue it’s therefore a mistake to not simply show the original cast, now, given that their absence was a key feature of the mismanaged marketing on the 2016 attempt? Not using THAT theme song also a BIG mistake.
But yes, this might just be a hit, come summer 2020.
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