Even before Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters (2016) debuted in movie theaters around the world, there was already a huge climate of discontent with this new version that featured women as New York City’s new protectors. Unfortunately, the ‘hater’ level arrived strong in production, affecting the box office, which was very low, a real financial bomb that brought a lot of losses.
Now, the material itself wasn’t pitiful, just too concerned with random fan services, as well as trying to make the audience laugh at all costs, practicing an attempt at forced comedy that just didn’t stick.
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After the frustration, it was already imagined that they would find a way to “fix” things, recreating a new plot for the pathfinders of the supernatural.
Five years after the shooting, we gained another chapter in the franchise with Ghostbusters: Beyond, directed by Jason Reitman, son of filmmaker Ivan Reitman, who directed the 1984 original, and the sequel Ghostbusters 2 (1989) .
Set thirty years after the events of the second film, shortly after being evicted from their home, a single mother (Carrie Coon) and her two children (Mckenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard) are forced to move to a run-down farm in Summerville, stat. from Oklahoma, left to them by the children’s late grandfather, where a series of unexplained earthquakes are happening and strange things are happening in an old mine. The children discover their grandfather’s story with the original Ghostbusters, which have since been largely forgotten. When supernatural phenomena related to the 1984 New York incidents occur in the small town, it’s up to the children, along with family and friends, to solve the mystery from decades ago and use the equipment left over to save the day.
Analysis of the material aside, there is no doubt that the recent Ghostbusters: Beyond will please the majority of the general public, as well as the legion of fans who defend the brand tooth and nail. Mainly for rescuing that adventurous environment that was very common in Hollywood cinema of the 1980s, especially in works that portrayed youth.
It’s through the protagonist Mckenna Grace, along with Logan Kim, who plays the role of best friend Podcast (yes, that’s his name), that we embark head and heart on this plot about settling accounts with the past, which is unfolding and revealing that not everything that appeared to be really was.[display-posts orderby="rand"]
We also have another “child” in Ghostbusters: Beyond who was able to bewitch audiences through his undeniable charisma: Paul Rudd.
At 52 years of age, having never aged even five minutes since his first major appearance in Beverly Hills Little Girlfriends (1995), Rudd is an easy-to-appreciate actor, not least because he has practice with comedy, as he already is. secured in a few dramatic roles he has played throughout his career.
Through the characters and some well-used ‘fan services’ we are guaranteed competent entertainment, which entertains without ever giving up on some dramatic pulses about the difficulties of understanding some attitudes of a loved one.
If in the first two acts of Ghostbusters: Beyond we transited through the narrative in a more effervescent way, we cannot say that after the second plot point of the script written by Jason Reitman, together with Gil Kenan, we witness such an attractive narrative.
Reitman worried a lot about the fans in the third act, leaving the feeling of a work without so much personality, that prefers to follow the conventions in the search to guarantee some supposed well-being of those that get bored more easily.
Apart from this choice of the filmmaker, we must point out a moving tribute at the climax of the story to Harold Ramis (1944 – 2014): actor, comedian, director and screenwriter, who was responsible, alongside Dan Aykroyd, for creating the story and characters of original feature film about the Ghostbusters.
We don’t know if the future holds anything more for this series of films, but if this were the last vision, it would certainly have been a much more pleasurable one, even if a little too safe.