The Gift Of Movie Trailers Continues With Ghostbusters: Afterlife


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.


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Brodie Mann

I suppose my story begins(as most do) on the day of my birth. I mean, i’d like to sit here and tell you about the ticker tape parade that was thrown in my honor, or that my being vaginally farted into the world signaled a time of unbridled peace and love throughout the galaxy, but i will do my best to try and be humble about my epic origins. Truth is my real origin is as ordinary as apple pie. I was hobbled together from various body parts of criminals on death row who opted to be organ donors. I suppose you could say I’m the Bizarro six million dollar man (but judging by my appearance you couldn’t tell they spent more than a few shillings on me). In between being chased by townsfolk with pitchforks and torches opposed to the “abomination” of my existence i have developed a passion for writing. The only thing that can match such lofty desires would be a lifelong passion for film. I mean I’m quite nerdy about lots of things (video games, comic books, music, etc…) but cinema in all its shiny golden splendor has captured my attention more than anything else. It’s something I try to share with the world at large, as much as possible. I figure if i can find the magic in such things, maybe i can help others do so as well. I’ve written quite a few poems(mostly about my first few years as a dime store knockoff Mary Shelly creation) but have stuck to mostly movie reviews. I am quite elated to be able to relate my thoughts and opinions on all things film with those who take the time to read them. I hope to have a positive impact here on the site and am looking forward to not only working with the staff currently in place but being able to reach a wider audience as well. P.S. If some of my work comes off a bit sloppy and meandering, its just because the doctor responsible for the stitch job on my cranial cavity didn’t do that great job and my brain has fallen out of the hole in my head they used to pump blood into. Cheers Mates!!
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