Not everyone who disliked the 2016 Ghostbusters were raging misogynists; judging from the warm reception for the new Ghostbusters: Afterlife trailer, a lot of them were simply annoyed that it wasn't more like the movie Super 8. Like almost shockingly similar to Super 8.
Despite the fact that the original was a wacky urban comedy, the upcoming reboot appears to be a folksy small town adventure straight-out of an '80s Amblin production. Which, who knows, could be great. (At the very least, the movie's release should bring the sweet forbidden nectar of Ecto-Coolers back into our lives.) But the plot seems to hinge on what's becoming an irritatingly familiar trend in these franchise reboot-sequel hybrids: kids discovering junk from the original movies.
In The Force Awakens, Rey and Finn steal a dilapidated Millennium Falcon. In Jurassic World, its kid protagonists stumble upon a rotting visitors center full of the original park's Jeeps. In the new Ghostbusters, it looks like Egon's grandkids move into a farmhouse full of proton packs, PKE meters, and of course, the ECTO-1.
In all of these cases, the old props serve as transparent metaphors for their respective franchises; dormant relics brought to life by a new generation. But it's starting to get a bit old. One reason why this keeps happening may be that these reboots are made by self-professed fans of the originals, who were kids at the time. These filmmakers weren't just exposed to the movies themselves but also their toys, which could explain this nostalgic obsession with exhuming physical objects. Hell, The Force Awakens could have pulled a Lego Movie-like twist and revealed the whole thing took place entirely in J.J. Abrams' rumpus room. Similarly, the Afterlife trailer reveals that the ECTO-1 has a "gunner chair" which wasn't in the original movies-- but there was a similar chair in the toy for the Real Ghostbusters ECTO-1.
Hopefully this trend dies before we get a wistful teaser trailer in which Jacob Tremblay finds Doc Brown's DeLorean in a needle-strewn alley behind a Chili's.
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