First thoughts: I’ve liked all the Ghostbusters movies made so far. Much like the Jurassic Park franchise, I have no problem admitting I enjoy the nostalgia rush of bringing back things I loved as a kid and I really loved the escapism of Jurassic World. Heck, my very first movie was Ghostbusters in the cinema as a very young kid, I still remember the smell of my Mum’s scarf as she covered my eyes during the scary bits, especially that opening library sequence and my admiration all things ridiculous has never left.
No-one knew the original GB would be so successful and, when you think about it, none of the content had ‘hit’ written over it, let alone the joy of it becoming a cult classic to this very day. Then we hit Ghostbusters 2, which was never going to be as perfect as the original but, again, it’s an entertaining journey into the world of Ghost-hunting, living paintings and secret evil. I’ve never forgotten about bubbling slime in the courtroom, nor the Ghost Train and definitely never forget Peter MacNicol‘s crazy hair.
Then we had 2016’s Ghostbusters, taken on by Paul Feig, which holds all the silly fun of the original and steps it up with an all-female bustin’ team. The standout star being Kate McKinnon but the entire cast had great chemistry and, if anything, the cameos (bar Ackroyd’s) felt a little needy, by the men, and weren’t even really necessary for the plot. Things could have happened quite easily without them, even if it was a respectful touch.
As a general reaction to everything leading up to Ghostbusters: Afterlife; I’m getting tired of this nostalgia ‘owning’, just because you love one thing, that doesn’t mean someone else doesn’t love it just as much (aka Star Wars as well). This always seems especially relevant when it comes to films and music. It’s out there to be shared, you can all like it (or hate it) without having to force yourself aggressively as being the only person right in the room. Remember, opinion is exactly that and everyone is welcome to one. After all, this is (still) 2019.
But before I digress completely, let’s focus back on Ghostbusters: Afterlife. If you’re dismissing it because you think Jason Reitman made it for all the wrong reasons, let’s not forget the history and, just as importantly, don’t disregard the place it might have in someone’s memories. If you’re only supporting it because of some chauvinistic misguided ‘bloody women!’ thoughts, then sort your life out, get some experience out there in reality and come back when you’ve thought about what you’ve done.
If you’re here because you just love the original and can’t wait to see what happens next, you’re thinking what I’m thinking. That doesn’t make me right or wrong, it’s just how I feel about all of it. I think this trailer is packed full of tender touches and exciting possibilities but, of course, this is just the trailer so we’ll all have to wait until 2020 to really judge it on its own merit.
There are essences of Stranger Things and Super 8, the cast looks looks great and includes Carrie Coon, McKenna Grace and he’s-blinking-everywhere (but great) Finn Wolfhard and also the man who-never-ages Paul Rudd, I cannot wait for when it hits cinemas in the summer of 2020.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife opens in UK and Irish cinemas Summer 2020.