If you’ve been reading iGamesNews columns on a regular basis for several years, or even lately, surely you know that you’ve been a true fan of Ghostbusters since childhood. Abused lately, he regained hope when, to everyone’s surprise, Jason Reitman announced a new film set in the original mythology. 32 years after the release of Ghostbusters II and after many delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the third real Ghostbusters is finally about to be released. So much to tell you that your favorite ghosthead didn’t need to be prayed for when the opportunity arose to see him a few weeks in advance. On this holiday, allow us an infidelity to video games for a few lines.
Ghostbusters: The Legacy, in French cinemas on December 1st, it’s mostly a family story. From a family that has not yet smiled at fate. Callie (Carrie Coon) lives with her two children Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) and Phoebe (the terrible one Mckenna Grace) and has a hard time making ends meet. Driven from their city apartment because of unpaid rents, the small family is forced to move Sommerville, a lost hole in the depths of Oklahoma. And not under any conditions.
Callie inherited a dilapidated house from her father who suddenly left it as a child. Before long, the brilliant and insightful Phoebe realizes that her new home holds many secrets. And that something strange is happening in the neighborhood. Who do we call in such a situation? Obviously, if your answer is, the Ghostbusters, you are right. But actually not at all! Okay, yes … Although … Anyway. Apart from the fact that in 2021, more than 30 years after the last recorded appearance of ghosts, teenagers had never heard of this Chamallow drink
Legacy as a new beginning
From there, Phoebe, accompanied by her new boyfriend, did a podcast (played by Logan Kim, another revelation from the movie) and his teacher Mr. Grooberson (who is always very good Paul Rudd), will embark on a search with many spin-offs. Not only does she understand what’s going on in Summerville, but she discovers her connection to the Ghostbusters. And allow your family to understand why their father / grandfather abandoned them. Ghost hunters heritage is an adventure with a big heart and many facets.
It is, above all, a film Ghost hunters. A sequel that respects what happened before as a new generation is introduced into the codes of this universe. It is then a love letter to the great popular films of the 80s, which does not, however, play the card of false retro. There is a lot of inspiration (in the references, the type of filming, the management of special effects, etc.) but the feature film stays current. Both in his tone, in his situations and in the issues addressed. Some replicas are also surprising given the familiar nature of the distribution.
The succession of the Ghostbusters is assured
As far as distribution goes, we have to praise Sony Pictures’ impeccable performance here. McKenna Grace is absolutely wonderful as Phoebe. Intelligent, brave, but a little clumsy, she carries the adventure brilliantly. She brings sensitivity and nuances into the cliché of the intellectually brilliant but socially disconnected characters. Logan Kim, the punchline machine, is very good too. He’s totally believable in the role of the big mouth pre-teen who doesn’t know when to shut up.
Paul Rudd himself also creates a lot of sympathy here himself. In a way, he represents the first generation of fans of Ghost hunters. We are also assured by Carrie Coon, whose talent is well established. Placed in a role that is clearly different from the ones she normally takes, she convinces as an imaginative mother, but a little overwhelmed by the events. The only downside ultimately affects Finn Wolfhard and Celeste O’Connor. Not that they’re bad. Far from it. Her characters Trevor and Lucky just seem less developed than the others.
(Not so) serious business
After the first trailers of Ghostbusters: The Legacy, a remark was often seen on social networks. That comment was about the film’s apparent lack of humor. The first two Ghostbusters are known for their humor and cult lines. So why change a formula for success? Your servant can think of two answers to these remarks.
In the first place nothing is required Jason Reitman to make a comedy. The Marvel Cinematic Universe films demonstrated that two films that share the same universe don’t have to be the same in mood and style. Then it turns out that the trailers don’t quite reflect the tone of the film. Ghostbusters The Legacy is anything but stingy in good words. Particularly noteworthy is the character of Phoebe who has what you think has the funniest lines. It should also be noted that this third episode even goes so far as to lovingly mock the humor of the first film, the humor of which in some trains would not fit so well today.
We are the best, we are the most beautiful, we are the only ones …
One more comment too Ghostbusters: The Legacy appeared in some American critics after the film premiered. This accused him of taking advantage of nostalgia. For the author of these lines, this is an exaggerated accusation. For him, Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan | could have gone even further. Especially on one level. A long-time fan of the license could criticize the film for the very short presence of the actors of the two original films on the screen. Jason Reitman justifies this with his wish to make a work about Egon Spengler and his family.
This can be understood. The original line-up is no longer very young and of course to revive the Ghostbusters brand we need to refresh the line-up. But after 32 years of waiting, fans would not have taken the opportunity to spend more time with Peter, Ray, Winston, Janine and Dana. Nevertheless, Jason Reitman integrates his new protagonists respectfully into the original universe. And that means a lot for the fans. In addition, and without going into details, so as not to spoil, Ghostbusters The Legacy opens the door to a future “between tradition and modernity”. But of course that will depend on the success of this feature film.
In conclusion, it’s hard for a Ghostbusters fan not to come from a showing of. to come out Ghostbusters: The Legacy invaded by a whirlwind of emotions. First, there is credit to Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan for writing a new Ghostbusters movie worthy of the name. Then the emotions evoked by what the story tells and shows. Affection for characters, regardless of whether they are new or well-known, is directly linked to emotions.
Next comes the fun created by the film’s situations and dialogues. After all, trust completes everything. Confidence in the cinematic future of the original Ghostbusters universe. The proton packets still have juice. And after so many years of doubt, it’s a hell of a relief.