It’s getting retro in the cinema too: Wetten, dass ..?, TV total, Ghostbusters!

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It’s getting retro in the cinema too
Bet that ..?, TV total, Ghostbusters!

By Volker Probst

The wave of nostalgia on television is on everyone’s lips. In the cinema, however, the retro trend has long been retro itself. Just think of the countless remakes of the Disney classics. But now it’s getting really old school again. We just sing: Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!

The year is 1984. In the cinema, the two noses Thomas Gottschalk and Mike Krüger are filling up at the moment super, Indiana Jones is making the Temple of Doom unsafe and Arnold Schwarzenegger is the first time as Terminator, laying everything to rubble. And: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Harold Ramis go on their very first ghost hunt: Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!

A mere 37 years have passed since then. Nevertheless, all the movie heroes from back then are still on everyone’s lips. Thomas Gottschalk just celebrated with “Wetten, dass ..?” happy Urstands and, together with the “TV total” comeback, fueled the discussion about a wave of nostalgia on television. Mike Krüger recently made headlines with his announcement that he would no longer pull the nipple through the strap and retire. There has been speculation about a new edition of “Indiana Jones” for years – it should actually appear in 2023. Arnold Schwarzenegger, on the other hand, was never really gone, whether as a “terminator”, governator or Trump-Bashinator.

And the “Ghostbusters”? They have always remained loyal to us in themselves. Finally, in 1989, “Ghostbusters II” was a sequel to the original. Over the years there have also been video games, cartoons and, with a film also simply titled “Ghostbusters” in 2016, an attempt at a so-called reboot. The flick with the female ghost hunters Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, however, mercilessly flopped at the box office. Could it be because the original “Ghostbusters” makers around director Ivan Reitman had given up the scepter and left the place in the director’s chair to Paul Feig?

It stays in the family

That will soon become apparent. Because now “Ghostbusters” returns one more time to the big screen. And this time everything stays in the family. No less a person than Ivan Reitman’s son Jason takes over the direction, while Daddy pulls the strings at least as producer. Jason Reitman is no longer green behind the ears, after all, he has conducted stars like George Clooney, Kate Winslet or Hugh Jackman in films like “Up in the Air” (2009), “Labor Day” (2013) or “The Spitzenkandidat” (2018).

“Ghostbusters: Legacy” is the title of the new strip. At least in Germany. In the US original, however, the title is “Ghostbusters: Afterlife”. Even the marshmallow man probably doesn’t know why. Perhaps the distributor thought that the Germans could do more with “Legacy” than with the afterlife.

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Somewhere in nowhere

So be it – Raider is now called Twix, to stay in retro jargon, but the content is the same. And it looks like this: Callie (Carrie Coon), single mother of 12-year-old Phoebe (Mckenna Grace) and 15-year-old Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) in Chicago, burned down completely. The news that her father passed away and left her a farm somewhere in nowhere in Oklahoma comes at just the right time. After all, Callie has no memory or emotional attachment to her father after he abandoned the family.

The new “Ghostbusters” generation: Phoebe (Mckenna Grace) and her buddy podcast (Logan Kim).

(Photo: Sony Pictures Entertainment Deutschland GmbH)

But she is very disappointed when she and her children take possession of the inheritance. Her father doesn’t seem to have left more than a shack, a few wrecked cars and all sorts of strange gadgets. Apart from the things that cannot be seen. After all, the farmhouse appears to be haunted. It quickly becomes clear what the true passion of Callie’s mysterious father was: He was one of the legendary ghost hunters who saved New York at the time. And the riddle of what all the bizarre gadgets are for is quickly solved. Because of course the ghosts will soon be back on the mat and doing mischief in the small town of Summerville.

Now it’s up to Trevor, Phoebe and their podcast buddy (Logan Kim) to put a stop to the beasts while an old mine looms large. And Callie? In the meantime, she has fun with Phoebe’s teacher, Mister Grooberson (Paul Rudd). If that will work?

In Memory of Harold Ramis

“Ghostbusters: Legacy” is dedicated to ex-ghost hunter Dr. Egon Spengler alias Harold Ramis, who died in 2014. But otherwise the film is above all one thing: a firework of memories, reminiscences and so-called “Easter Eggs” – more or less hidden allusions to the original films of the 80s. This also fits the spectacular finale, where fans of the series should be amazed.

Today grown-up children who grew up with “Ghostbusters” should therefore have a lot of fun with the new edition. The film fits into the much-vaunted retro trend, which has of course been observed in the cinema for a very long time – regardless of whether it is about the remakes of Disney classics, “Dune” or “Indiana Jones”. Only from a revival of the super noses may the god of the cineasts please save us.

The all-important question should be whether Reitman & Reitman can manage the balancing act of addressing younger target groups with “Ghostbusters: Legacy”. After the previous men’s and women’s brigades with the new ghost hunters in childhood, at least a start would have been made. Only gatekeepers and key masters know whether this will ignite. If you understand what we mean.

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