We Didn’t Know That Was The Title Either

Maybe we do focus a little bit too much on Star Wars around here?

Ghostbusters‘ second attempt at a reboot, after the 2016 fat femme-force version flopped, is starting to come together in the mind of the fandom.

What is this supposed to be about? Is the gun a phallic symbol?

Directed by Jason Reitman, son of the original movie’s genius director Ivan Reitman, this version sounds like nothing I want anything to do with:

When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.

I don’t really care about a single mom, her kids and their proton packs. Especially if one of the kids is the annoying boy that is appearing in everything these days that involves the supernatural and a group of young people.

Boy, that show burned out quick, didn’t it?

Frankly, I don’t want or need another Ghostbusters movie.

The 1984 original is one of the rare perfect comedies that is able to completely transcend the genre by mixing in a wry and matter-of-fact take on the paranormal. 

Nothing can or needs to be improved on and any attempt to do so in the cinematic form merely detracts from the greatness of the original. 

But franchise colonizers gonna colonize, so have some Ghostbusters bugs:

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That’s definitely a good poster. The Ghostmobile is appropriately rusted and aged. Fields of wheat communicate tradition, wholesomeness and Americana.

Here is a photo from that scene in the movie:

pFinn Wolfhard's Trevor gets the family car running.p

Those unruly children of that single mom are taking grandad’s car for a joyride!

pStrange objects litter the property the family has inherited.p

In an old barn on their property, the male child finds the old car.

I guess they need the Ghostmobile because the female child of the single mother decided to explore a haunted place or something.

pMckenna Grace as Phoebe and Logan Kim as her friend explore ruins of an old mine.p

Fortunately, they have a teacher, played by Paul Rudd, who was a kid when the Manhattan Crossrip occurred and still believes in The Ghostbusters.

Paul RuddLooks like another The Force Awakens “It’s true. All of it.” moment.

No Thanks, To Any of It 

I don’t want kids starring in my movies anymore.

The “kids on bikes” trope was truly and finally murdered by the desperate nostalgia porn of Stranger Things and it was a long-deserved death.

Yes, when those of us 40+ were growing up, kids rode around in packs on bikes by themselves and go into mischief, but, as adults, we need to move on from using this as the familiar access point into yet another spooky tale.

I will say that “Manhattan Crossrip” is a pretty cool name for what happened in Ghostbusters. It sounds like a good name for a band. 

“Yo, Manhattan Crossrip is gonna open for PrEP Apocalypse at CBGB tonight!”

I know CBGB closed in 2006, big brain. 

Ghostbusters: Afterlife opens in theaters on July 10, 2020.