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December 09, 2019

"Ghostbusters: Afterlife" Trailer

I initially didn't like it, and wanted to say "#NotMyGhostbusters," but it's grown on me in the past five minutes.

It's set in a small town in the midwest, rather than New York City. This might have something to do with Dan Aykroyd's complaining that Lady Ghostbusters cost far, far too much money to ever be profitable (even if it had been good, which it wasn't).

It also might have something to do with the film's need to position itself as different in all ways from the disastrous Lady Ghostbusters abortion. They need a different setting, a different tone, and a different age cohort of the main characters.

It also differentiates itself from Lady Ghostbusters -- and from The Real Ghostbusters -- by presenting itself not as a comedy at all, but some kind of Spielbergian action fantasy.

There are no jokes in the trailer. None.

Now that's definitely running from Lady Ghostbusters. Whether this is an accurate teaser for the actual movie or if they're just trying too hard to show they're not like the Fake Ghostbusters, desperate for laughs, I don't know.

It has a very Stranger Things look and feel, down to the Spielbergian suburban barely-middle-class messiness.

It has Paul Rudd. I didn't know he was in this.

The Ghostbusters do not appear in the clip, except in a clip from what is probably Ghostbusters 2, presented as a television news clip, as Paul Rudd explains that there were lots and lots of ghosts to bust in the 80s.

But there have been no ghosts since then. Until now.

Didn't see that one coming.

I assume the Ghostbusters will show up (the living ones, at least) to mentor the kids a little, and might even suit up for the climax, but the main characters here are clearly the little kids so the OG Ghostbusters won't be in the movie much and aren't really needed by the plot all that much.

What do you think?

Also, the Critical Drinker reviewed the trailer for the Fake James Bond movie.

Good line about the miserable, dour, sad, pathetic Daniel Craig: "James Bond must be the only guy on earth who doesn't want to be James Bond."

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