Ghostbusters has been in my blood since I was a wee child. It was the very first thing that I was super nerdy about or the first fandom I was a part of before the current cultural idea of fandom existed. I had all the toys, I STILL have the toy Firehouse, I had the proton packs and ghost traps, and every piece of merchandise that was licensed with the Ghostbusters name. I am the nerd I am today because of those two original films and cartoon series that followed.
I even enjoyed the reboot a few years ago with the all-female cast, but it just doesn’t have the staying power of those two original flicks. So, I was bummed out that it came and went and didn’t leave much of an impact other than exposing the toxic online fanboys for what they are. Sadness began to set in because this felt like the last Ghostbusters film we’d ever get.
Today, I am very glad to say that I’m wrong because the trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife dropped and I really liked it. For those who are unaware, this film is being directed by Jason Reitman (son of the director Ivan who made the first two films) and will feature all original surviving cast members to varying degrees alongside a new generation of young actors as they work together to save the world yet again from the threat of the paranormal.
A lot of this trailer is steeped in nostalgia for those first two movies. There are tons of subtle callbacks to the mythology while also featuring very non-subtle but equally awesome blatant reminders of the franchise you fell in love with all those years ago. It has a very “Stranger Things” feel to the whole trailer so your love or dislike of that particular series might dictate your first reaction to what you see. Paul Rudd and Finn Wolfhard are front and center in most of the running time. Rudd seems to be playing a slightly subdued version of his own particular brand of humor. The kids all look fine and the effects look pretty good for this being a first trailer so far removed from release date. I wish we could’ve gotten a peak of Aykroyd or Murray or Weaver or even Hudson, but I understand this is the very first trailer and they didn’t want to give everything away yet.
I really liked this trailer; it didn’t blow my socks off and it really plays to the fans of the franchise more than the general audience but I can tell we might have a great film on our hands. This movie doesn’t release until next summer but they’ve already got my money based on the back of this trailer.