Paul Rudd might be ‘fraid of some ghosts, as Sony has released what they’re calling a “character reveal” from the upcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife. This will be the third Ghostbusters film in the main series and the fourth overall if you count the Paul Feig remake/reboot/whatever from 2016 (which I don’t think anyone does unless they’re offering it up for their sins). Taking place in modern times, Ghostbusters: Afterlife stars McKenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard (who will be in every horror or sci-fi production that needs a kid until he can no longer play a kid) as siblings with a link to the Ghostbusters, Carrie Coon as their mom, and Paul Rudd as the adult comedian. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, and Sigourney Weaver will return as their legendary characters from the first two movies. Ghostbusters: Afterlife is directed by Ivan Reitman’s son Jason Reitman, a very good filmmaker in his own right – Labor Day notwithstanding. Check out the Ghostbusters: Afterlife character reveal below:
So, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is back, and now he’s tiny, and there’s a million of him. The “Mini-Pufts,” as the Ghostbusters: Afterlife character reveal calls them, are also CGI, and they look like they get into lots of wacky hijinks. Taken in isolation, the scene is well-directed; the staging is almost identical to the haunted library scene that opened Ghostbusters, with creepy goings-on in the background while an oblivious character goes about their business. They’re even using the spooky music from the original. But as a portent of what’s to come, it’s a little worrying. Is Ghostbusters: Afterlife going to throw a bushel of ‘Member Berries at the audience? For example, we all love the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, but he existed in isolation; he was Gozer’s final form because Ray thought of him. What reason could there be for him to come back? There may be some explanation other than “He was in the first one,” but even if there is, how is it going to feel like anything but a tug on the nostalgia cape? I’m already iffy about Ghostbusters: Afterlife; now that Harold Ramis is gone, I don’t really want another Ghostbusters movie. I’m not interested in the “next generation,” even though I love Paul Rudd (and, admittedly, got a kick out of watching him buy Ben and Jerry’s ice cream). Having the remaining Ghostbusters come back – as the Ghostbusters – is nice, and I’m sure this will at least be more respectful of the original than the girl power one if nothing else. But if it’s just a nostalgia dump, I don’t see it becoming anything more than a novelty. I think the intentions are good this time (from the creatives, if not Sony), but some things are better left alone.
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