Jason Reitman was seven years old when he was allowed to frolic on the set of his father Evan Reitman in 1984. The director was shooting a cult comedy: “Ghostbusters.” Jason later became himself an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker (“Juno”, “Up in the Air”). He is now back to his childhood stage.
In “Ghostbusters: Legacy,” Reitman Jr. proves he’s the vital heir to a great tradition. He gains fascinating new aspects of the fantastical fairy tale of brave ghost hunters, which he elegantly blends with moments of nostalgia.
The location is no longer New York, but rather the city of Summerville County. There single-parent Callie (Carrie Coon) and her children move into their deceased father’s quirky home. The lack of enthusiasm in teens Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) and Phoebe (McKenna Grace) soon gave way to curiosity. You will find dusty appliances and an old car, the meaning of which becomes clear only when you start reeling under the ground. Looks like the ghosts have moved to Summerville. Apparently the faded old man, the legendary ghost d. Egon Spengler, on the ghost trail. Now the kids are taking over the fight.
This story doesn’t sound like an intellectual story – and you don’t want it to be. “Ghostbusters: Legacy” is an entertaining reference to a fascinating piece of popular culture. Young audience can establish contact with new young heroes. For more mature viewers, the film offers dry written lines and references to previous films collectively. And of course the original Ghostbusters Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd also have guest appearances.
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