Some films enter the heart and leave indelible imprints, sometimes made of ectoplasm: we are talking about Ghostbusters, the iconic series of films that defined an era and that made many people entertain and excite. Years later, with a new director who shares the surname with Ivan Reitman (aka Jason, the son) and a totally new cast, the Ghostbusters are back in Ghostbusters: Legacy, film released on November 18, 2021 in all theaters and ready to drive us crazy again behind these damned ghosts: let’s see it in this review.
Before moving on with the review, let’s remember that Ghostbusters: Legacy is the third film in the original series, a direct follow-up to Ghostbusters – Ghostbusters And Ghostbusters II – Ghostbusters II, definitively excluding the reboot of the 2016 series from the vein (to the delight of the fans). Despite being a direct sequel, the atmospheres remain very close to the original even if the film offers something different, more in the style of ’80s teen movie but with the same ironic air.
Ghostbusters of the new millennium
Jason Reitman rises to the helm of this Ghostbusters: Legacy, film featuring Phoebe (Mckenna Grace by The Haunting) and Trevor (Finn Wolfhard, Stranger Things) as the grandchildren of Egon Spengler, who together with his mother (Carrie Coon) go to see the house left by their late grandfather, who died the week before, giving a general overview of what happened next Ghostbusters II. Ghosts tend not to give up, however, and this will force the two boys, the mother and the people they meet in this small Oklahoma village, to understand their connection with the Ghostbusters.
If the plot may seem all or nothing, let’s make one point straight away: the way Gil Kenan And Jason Reitman they wrote the script is something brilliant. Although we are no longer in the “comfort zone” of New York, the film manages to settle in the new location (which follows the fashion generated by Stranger Things and, even before that, by that series of films dedicated to little heroes) without effort and proposes a rich and dense plot, made up of funny moments and other adrenaline ones, without ever falling into the obvious or the banal.
In 2021 it is also easy to understand how we are no longer in the classic cliché of children capable of saving the world and adults who cannot believe their words and the eventual apocalypse to come: for this reason characters like Mr . Grooberson (Paul Rudd), the professor at Phoebe’s school who can be funny on several occasions, or Podcast (Logan Kim), a friend of Phoebe and passionate about the paranormal (and not only).
Finally confirmed for some time, the original cast is present inside the film and is inserted in a brilliant way, not at all forced and capable of giving a right connection between the two previous films and the present, which despite the fact that it could open the doors to a series of subsequent films with less Ghost Buster original and more modern Ghostbusters, in the end it is respectful of the work of Ivan Reitman.
Who you gonna call?
Thanks to the new formula that has been tried for some time (which avoided us sequels of historical sagas crippled due to bad choices), Ghostbusters: Legacy (and it is evident in this review) he knows how to take himself seriously when needed – especially at the end – and instead knows how to take himself lightly during other phases of the film, also joking on issues already dealt with in the original and even recalling some well-positioned easter egg ( which will probably also perform well in the dubbed version in Italian).
As we have already said, the formula somewhat adapts to the modern, and it does so almost with reverence: if we think about it, one of the parents of Stranger Things Ghostbusters himself was, and see how the circle closes with a film that takes inspiration from the series Netflix to bring the myth of the Ghostbusters to the present day is something magical. But nothing would have worked if it were not for the care that Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan have put into the script: the plot of the film in fact, not only remains faithful to the dogmas of the original series, but it does so by creating new ideas and proposing multiple links to the first two films.
If fear could now grip you, let’s clarify immediately: the new film by Ghostbusters it’s anything but copying modern series and movies. Do not expect to see Phoebe have traits already known to Millie Bobby Brown fans, because her character, like that of her brother and all the others who orbit around the main cast (some more, some less) are well written, characterized in a way excellent and never discounted.
In short, if the fear given by the nostalgia effect is dissipated and therefore in front of us we find a film with a fantastic screenplay, an excellent photography and a directorial style capable of paying homage to the original one but remaining within the modern, what remains to us ? A film worthy of having in its title Ghostbusters, a film capable of touching the strings of the soul – although it is a film dedicated more to entertainment than to sending real meaning – both of those who have known and lived the stories of those reckless New Yorkers, both for newbies who for the first time see a proton backpack in action.
Because after all, whether you have just arrived or come from New York of 1984, possibly from inside a former fire station, you will eventually leave the room with the desire to stop some invasion of ghosts, to press that trap pedal or to yell at some friend not to cross the flows.