This weekend has been full of theatrical trailer releases. Aside from Wonder Woman 1984, the reveal trailer for the upcoming Ghostbusters sequel-reboot-reimagined-whatever-you-want-to-call-it was coming on Monday morning. Now, we have our first official look at the Ghostbusters: Afterlife trailer. Man, does it look good.
Many people have been giving it the whole Stranger Things meets Ghostbusters theme, but it’s more than that. Yes, it has one of the cast members from Stranger Things co-starring in the movie, but it looks like so much more than that simple label. The essential plot of the movie is:
“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.”
Earlier this year, Jason Reitman noted that the upcoming film would overlook the 2016 remake. For that, I’m glad. That movie was garbage, and not because it was a whole female cast. It was simply garbage. The plot was dumb. The acting was bad. I was all in because I love each member of the cast. While some SJWs will ‘at’ me for that, it is true. I’m all behind girl power, but that movie was just bad.
However, the Ghostbusters: Afterlife trailer manages to invoke mystery and leaving a lot to the imagination. Obviously, the biggest mystery is who is Phoebe (McKenna Grace) and Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) grandfather? Based on all the clues, they are Egon’s grand-kids. Whether the grandmother is Janine (Annie Potts) is another story. Not to mention, using Harold Ramis’ death as a story arc would make sense.
Paul Rudd’s introduction into the guy that knows all about the Ghostbusters makes sense. He’s the linchpin to the original films and will help with the nostalgia factor. Favorite line: “It has a gunner’s door.”
Jason Reitman seems like the natural choice to bring his father’s movie series back to the big screen. Not in a giant, visual effects extravaganza, but in a smaller, more childlike story. Obviously, if you read the YouTube comments for the Ghostbusters: Afterlife trailer, you can tell some people aren’t sold. I was ambivalent about this when it was announced, but now… I’m fully onboard.