I liked the recent, all-women Ghostbusters reboot. I understand a lot of criticism it received, but I was entertained while watching in the theater. But Hollywood and fandom are fickle, and now comes a proper Ghostbusters sequel, pegged as the long-awaited Ghostbusters 3!
But numbers aren’t chic anymore. Modern sequels are all about the subtitle! Behold, Ghostbusters: Afterlife!
I like it! I like the grounded, serious vibe. I like the mystery and the reverence. I like Paul Rudd. Is he going to become a Ghostbuster? That would be sweet. I’m a little surprised we didn’t get any original character cameos. Are those going to be smaller roles? Maybe they want the movie to stand on its right now right.
It definitely stands on its own in this first trailer! I liked it a lot.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife comes out on July 10.
I was a fan of the new Ghostbusters remake. A friend of mine was such a big fan that she’s seen it three times already! I don’t know the final numbers, but I would say it’s a relatively solid success and not the utter flop that the haters hoped for. I hope this means we’re looking at a new, revived Ghostbusters franchise.
So what comes next? A sequel, hopefully. Perhaps even a trilogy. The action figures are selling well, and I might pick up one or two myself. I’ve definitely got my eye on that new LEGO Ecto-1. And one hopes that Halloween will be huge this year for little girl Ghostbusters! Elsa and Frozen had their day!
I am totally on board with making this a big, awesome adventure. And there are a few things I’d like to see from the franchise going forward.
I ain’t afraid of no classic movie remake starring an all-female cast! Despite the legions of angry Internet trolls crying out against this movie, I have had zero qualms about seeing the new Ghostbusters and taking it at face value. I was a huge fan of both original movies, and an even bigger fan of The Real Ghostbusters cartoon series (and toys!), but I wasn’t someone chomping at the bit for a Ghostbusters 3 or anything of the like.
Still, someone went and made this new movie, I was happy to go see it, and I really enjoyed myself.
Movie Rating: 8/10 – Very Good.
The new Ghostbusters is a fun and quite funny movie. A lot of the jokes are pretty great, though there are always some duds. The main characters are all outstanding, with a great camaraderie and team style. Once the action starts to kick in, I think the movie goes a little bit too far off the rails for my tastes, but it’s still overall enjoyable. I’ve got some individual nitpicks here and there, but I’ll get to them later.
The main thing to know about the new Ghostbusters is that it trades in the original film’s down-to-Earth realism for a more cartoony, action-focused style. Not to say it’s a cartoon come to life, but this movie can get pretty silly. Personally, the realism is what makes the original Ghostbusters such a classic, on a number of different levels. So I was a little disappointed that this new movie went for the cray cray vibe. But it worked in its own way, and that’s good enough.
Also, I may get tarred and feathered for saying this, but Bill Murray was the worst part of this movie.
Join me after the jump for the full review! There will be FULL SPOILERS.
I saw the new Ghosbusters movie last night and really enjoyed it. I’ll have a review up later today, but until then, enjoy this Honest Trailer of Ghostbusters 2.
For the record, I enjoyed Ghostbusters 2 when I was a kid. Nothing wrong with that movie.
I think this blog is testament to the fact that I am a pop culture aficionado. I love movies, TV shows, books, comics, video games and all manner of storytelling and fiction. I hope to be a fiction writer myself some day, and am even working on my own comic book. And like all good people of this Earth, I have my favorite characters in my favorite media.
But sometimes, those favorites don’t make much sense.
Leonardo is my favorite Ninja Turtle because of his noble spirit and badass katana blades. The Green Ranger is my favorite Power Ranger because he was this cool, rebellious sixth Ranger. Multiple Man is my favorite superhero because I like his sense of humor, and because he was one of the characters who helped usher young Sean into a better understanding of superhero comics. I love Robin the Boy Wonder because I’ve always considered myself more of a sidekick than a leader, especially when compared to some of my more alpha male friends back in my youth.
But there are some characters out there whom I love passionately, but have no legitimate reason why. Join me after the jump to find out who!