This second trailer for Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife is pretty good – but it’s not great. It’s lacking a stand-out moment – oomph!
They really seem to be leaning heavily on the Stranger Things vibe here (the casting of Finn Wolfhard is no coincidence). This looks very kid-centric – and I get the feeling that it’s going to upset a lot of those grouchy older fans who weren’t happy with 2016’s all-female franchise reboot. And that’s even with cameos from franchise stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts and Sigourney Weaver. But hey, why shouldn’t a new generation have the same fun and excitement that we did. Things change – move on.
Ivan Reitman’s 1984 original is a wonderful example of a blockbuster done right. The script hits the perfect note and the casting is just off-the-scale great. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts and William Atherton are all fantastic. Throw in wonderful production design and a cracking score (and theme tune) and you have a an iconic classic.
In 1984, Ghostbusters grossed over $242 million at the US box office and more man $295 million globally. That’s a lot of ectoplasm.
The synopsis for Ghostbusters: Afterlife:
From director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman, comes the next chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe. In Ghostbusters: Afterlife, when a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. The film is written by Jason Reitman & Gil Kenan.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife starring Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Carrie Coon, Oliver Cooper, Celeste O’Connor, Logan Kim with cameos from Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts is set for November 2021 release.