I saw a Ghostbuster and it was good (spoilers)

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
We saw Ghostbusters Afterlife earlier today. This is the spoiler thread.

I enjoyed it. It's Stranger Things crossed with Ghostbusters. A bit more slapstick than the dry humour of the original, but everybody did a great job.

That said it is VERY fan servicy. Brings back everything from the first film. That might bother you or not (didn't bother me).

I kinda felt that the old crew showing up at the end was a bit too much. They're so old now! And the Spengler ghost was kinda creepy in the wrong way the way he didn't speak. But I understand why that is -- making him speak would have been way worse.

I would say it's more Stranger Things + Ghostbusters than it is Ghostbusters + Stranger Things. Which is fine -- New York is a character in the GB films, and its absence makes this feel different. But also allowed it to feel a bit 80s as the small town is kinda behind the times, which you couldn't do in a major city.
 
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I always wondered about stuff like that. I mean, somebody might consent. The comic actor Del Close (apparently a prominent figure in standup comedy) left his skull to be used in theater productions of Hamlet as Yorick (apparently his partner substituted another skull), but he was (1) an actor who might have liked the idea of continuing to participate in theater even after his death and (2) a comedian who presumably appreciated the grim humor of it.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
I always wondered about stuff like that. I mean, somebody might consent. The comic actor Del Close (apparently a prominent figure in standup comedy) left his skull to be used in theater productions of Hamlet as Yorick (apparently his partner substituted another skull), but he was (1) an actor who might have liked the idea of continuing to participate in theater even after his death and (2) a comedian who presumably appreciated the grim humor of it.
I wasn't talking about consent (I assume big movie studios cover the legal side) -- its more that a voice actor doing his voice might have been more uncanny valley than him just smiling weirdly. Or maybe not. I dunno!
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
So I saw the mid-credit scene.

I didn't know there was a post-credits scene also. Dammit! I've done the second best thing and read the description, so I know what happens in it, but I really wished I'd stayed until the end of the credits!
 


Dire Bare

Legend
I wish they'd tell you at the start of the credits that there are scenes coming up.

Sounds like a fun movie, even with extreme fan service!
Can't remember which film, but I actually did encounter this once. A movie theater employee got up in the front of the theater before the film, and told everybody about the end credit scene and to stick around. He got some applause!
 


Egon Spengler

"We eat gods for breakfast!"
I wasn't talking about consent (I assume big movie studios cover the legal side) -- its more that a voice actor doing his voice might have been more uncanny valley than him just smiling weirdly. Or maybe not. I dunno!

I'm sure they could have gotten Maurice LaMarche if they'd wanted to voice Egon. (I'm not saying it would've been a good idea, but it certainly would've been S-tier fanservice on par with the Bill Murray → Peter Venkman → Lorenzo Music → Garfield the Cat → Bill Murray loop.)
 

Stalker0

Legend
Just saw it, was a solid fan of this movie. All in all, it felt like the right blend of new and old to me, and with actual writing and actual characters. Was just a good solid movie.
 



Tonguez

A suffusion of yellow
I just watched it yesterday and I really liked That it was set in the same universe but distinct from the original. An 80s style family drama was a nice way to bridge the 20 years and pass the torch from the granddads to the kids. The nostalgia trip was Fan service but also a great lore dump that allows a whole new series of stories
 

Retreater

Legend
I liked it quite a bit - first time in a physical movie theater in 2 years.
I could've done without seeing the "force ghost" of Egon and just kept it at a more subtle level (like playing chess with his granddaughter).
I would've preferred Ivo Shandor being the main villain to bringing Gozer back.
So they only spoke about 1984's Ghostbusters. I guess they have removed Ghostbusters 2 from cannon? I think the only reference to anything from that movie was Ray's Occult Bookstore.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
I guess they have removed Ghostbusters 2 from cannon? I think the only reference to anything from that movie was Ray's Occult Bookstore.
I think your second sentence contradicts the first.

Apparently there's a few GB2 references, though I didn't spot them.
 


Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
When discussing the Manhattan disturbance of 1984, they didn't mention the 1989 animation of the Statue of Liberty. I would expect that would've made it into the history.
There’s lots of things they didn’t mention. But OK, if you insist that gb2 is now officially non-canon, I’ve no particular desire to persuade you otherwise.

(the director has said he wants to bring Vigo the Carpathian back, so he thinks it’s still canon).
 

Retreater

Legend
There’s lots of things they didn’t mention. But OK, if you insist that gb2 is now officially non-canon, I’ve no particular desire to persuade you otherwise.

(the director has said he wants to bring Vigo the Carpathian back, so he thinks it’s still canon).
Not saying that at all. I'd have preferred a little more connection to GB2 actually.
And I'd like seeing Vigo as well. My wife and I even met him in a bar a couple years ago.
 

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When discussing the Manhattan disturbance of 1984, they didn't mention the 1989 animation of the Statue of Liberty. I would expect that would've made it into the history.
They never addressed how the got it back again, apparently undamaged.

Maybe they made such a ****up of that that Egon had to repolarise the slime to erase everyone's memories of the event?
 

Zardnaar

Legend
Got released here late due to Covid restrictions. Saw it today in the theatre and thought it was great. I'm terrible with names and only remember Phoebe's bit enjoyed all of the main cast and the right amount of fan service and use of original characters.

Would like to see future entries and no one moved until all the credits were done. Such a fun movie from start to finish.

Switching it up from NYC to Oklahoma was genius. Homage over retread. Loved the music at the end and the return to NYC.

Actors are very young as well gives them potentially decades for follow ups and passing the torch/mentors with the original characters.
 
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