It has been a while now since I’ve found a movie that was decent enough to watch let alone review on this site. I don’t know what it is with hollyweird these days. They just seem to have no ability to produce quality movies anymore.
But, this was one that I actually was able to watch without their insane ideology being shoved down my throat or their terrible politics being jammed front and center in the story line. So, it was a pleasant surprise. I guess they decided to dial all that back after the last Ghostbuster movie flopped.
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On to the review…
Why It Worked
This was not a remake. Not exactly. It also wasn’t a sequel either. It as kind of both. With Ghostbusters: Afterlife they were able to use a pretty similar story line from the first movie and update it. But, at the same time, the characters in the film were actually a continuation of the first characters (some by blood) and then toward the end the old characters came back (there were actually cameos throughout.
Honestly, I think this movie worked this time around (as compared to the dismal remake that bombed at the box office) because the movie was written for those people who had watched the original Ghostbusters growing up. Time and again I could find hints at the previous movie, be it the secretary’s brief discussion with the mom, or the supernatural wild dogs, or the way the script events coincided with the old flick.
It was just a refreshing film and I was able to genuinely sit back and enjoy it for what it was.
Still a Bit Hollow
Toward the middle, though, I did find myself losing a little interest in what the film was doing. Though there is definitely a plot, it does seem to at some points ring a little hollow. As if maybe the main point of being a memory trigger for those my age overshadowed the actual story line. The relationship between the boy and his girlfriend never really developed at all. In fact, the story really seemed to start out with the boy as the lead and then subtly shifts to the sister, which was kind of odd to watch.
Of course, the stand out character and actress in this movie is by far McKenna Grace, who I loved watching on Young Sheldon and also (unknowingly) on Handmaid’s Tale.
I was disappointed when I found out she was leaving the Sheldon cast, but she will apparently be back for another season on the Tale.
In the Ghostbuster movie, there is something so captivating about her. The way she looks at you, the strange symmetry. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that she is all but isolated from the cesspool the actress works in (and from the public at large). Her parents maintain her social media accounts and TicTock is heavily monitored by her mother. She is homeschooled and has private tutors and has, apparently, never gone to an indoctrination center known in the US as the public school system. At this point she has made herself $2 million dollars and she’s only 15 years old. She is also one of the few who did not get her start via the Hollywierd of nepotism as so often is the case. Instead, she was living in Texas with her normal parents when she got the acting bug and started taking classes. Her mother sold medical supplies and her father was in school becoming a doctor. Acting turned out to be a happy accident for McKenna.
In the end, this is not necessarily one of the best Ghostbusters, but it was certainly entertaining. So much so I just watched it again today. It’s a great story, though, I wish it would have been a tv series so they could have developed it more.
By the ending it appears as if they will try and continue the franchise with the echto-1 crossing the bridge into New York City. I wonder if the cast from this movie will be a part of the sequel. I guess will just have to wait and see. They will probably try to spin back to the original cast (since they were a part of it this time around too). There is really no reason now to keep it in the middle of nowhere.
I did find out that the actor who played Egon in the film actually died back in 2014. That was pretty impressive CGI. I wondered why he didn’t have any lines. Impressive.
Let’s hope they don’t screw up yet another film franchise like they did with Aliens, and Prometheus, and Bourne, and, well, the first crack at the Ghostbusters remake. Keep your politics and your quasi-new age religion out of entertainment, please. Otherwise you will go broke in a heartbeat.
Until my next review…
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Excerpt from Sacred the Circle:
There was a knock at the door.
Campbell got up from the chair and crossed the small distance so he could open it.
A young man stood in the doorway, probably in his early twenties.
Campbell could tell he looked a little disheveled.
He had deep rings around his eyes, as if he hadn’t been sleeping much, and he kept checking the hallway in both directions, as if half expecting someone to be stalking him.
“Hey,” Campbell said.
The kid was stumbling over his own words.
Campbell leaned out into the hallway, checking to make sure there was no one else listening.
This guy wasn’t the only one who was becoming paranoid.
There were two students hanging out at the foyer, near the stairs, but the rest of the floor was clear.
“I’m sorry,” the kid said. “Must be the wrong place. I’m mistaken.”
He started to leave.
“Wait,” Campbell said, putting a hand out. “Hold on a second.”
The kid paused.
“What’s your name?”
He fidgeted with his collar.
“I know it sounds crazy, but – ”
“You’re not crazy, Lloyd,” Campbell said, grinning.
“Did you – ? ”
The kid paused, as if unsure if he should continue.
He looked back toward the stairs, then at Campbell.
“Did you know I was coming?” he finally asked. “I mean, that’s not possible, but, were you expecting me?”
Campbell chuckled to himself.
“What’s so funny?” Lloyd asked.
“Well – ”
Campbell pushed the door open all the way so Lloyd could see inside his dorm room.
The entire room was full of them, students, non-students, ranging from what looked like eighteen to even a few middle-aged men, scattered about the room, sitting wherever they could find a comfortable spot.
Lloyd’s mouth dropped open.
“I wasn’t really expecting them, either,” Campbell said. “So, I hope you don’t hold it against me when I tell you, I had no idea you’d be showing up here. Do you care to join us, anyway?”
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