After the critical, public and financial debacle of
directed in 2016 by Paul Feig, with a rather heartbreaking quartet of ghost hunters, the
seemed rather in bad shape.
: Sony plans to lose more than $ 70 million
Against all expectations, this sequel-reboot signed by Jason Reitman, the own son of Ivan Reitman (director of the first two films) does justice to this cult saga of the 80s.
Deliberately ignoring the calamitous 2016 film,
picks up the story where the second installment, released in 1989, left off.
The plot unfolds when Callie (Carrie Coon), a single mother looking after two children Phoebe (12) and Trevor (15) learn of her father's death.
In debt, she leaves her New York apartment to move her little family to the old house of her late father, not far from a small mining town, Summerville, lost in the depths of Oklahoma.
, the old Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance from 1959 is back in service (with some rather cheerful new amenities).
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While rummaging in the old abandoned building, the children are quick to discover ghost hunter material belonging to their grandfather Egon Splenger (played by the late Harold Ramis, also screenwriter of the two original films, who died in 2014).
The ex-ghost hunter was living a recluse in Summerville for good reason.
Phoebe and Trevor will soon have to take up the torch of the original Ghostbusters to face an old threat that threatens to resurface.
You had to have faith to take on the challenge of refurbishing a legendary '80s saga like
Director Jason Reitman (
On the Air
...) has accepted this heavy task.
And we understand why.
No doubt he was keen to wash away the honor that has tainted the
since 2016. More than thirty years after the first two films, here is a ghost comedy worthy of the name.
Bouffe-tout (Slimer in English) is doing its own thing in this new version of Ghostbusters ... always so hungry!
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Playing the card of nostalgia at the same time as that of renewal, Reitman begins by moving the plot of this sequel-reboot in the countryside, far from New York, which was however the original breeding ground of the series. He does well. Nothing like the great outdoors of the American West to revitalize a myth that we believed to be bloodless.
In the heart of these majestic western landscapes, a mountain dominates.
And it feels like suddenly transported in
Encounter of the Third Kind
by Steven Spielberg.
Exactly, if Jason Reitman resuscitates the Amblin spirit, he also stages a modernized version of the
, these resourceful kids who will take up the torch of their elders, and relearn how to hunt ghosts to save humanity from the evil specters that threaten to come and destroy it.
In the role of Phoebe, young McKenna Grace takes up the Ghostbusters' torch with brio and talent.
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The one who holds the film on her frail shoulders is called McKenna Grace plays a young 12-year-old scientist who takes a lot of her grandfather Egon.
Because it is indeed a family story which it is about beyond the spectral adventures and other rather convincing action sequences, removed and well paced.
Legitimate in more ways than one, Jason Reitman revisits the universe imagined by his father and pays him a fine tribute thanks to a respectful and sincere film in the form of a declaration of love.
The final presence of the starting trio, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson certainly attests to it.
Thanks to this passing of the torch from one generation to the next, this action comedy, tender and gently horrifying, manages to make peace with the ghosts of the past.
We even see that by bringing together the original team around the benevolent spirit of Harold Ramis, the feature film removes the specter of a cynical mercantile takeover of the franchise.
Less carefree, but more moving than the original films,
Ghostbusters: the legacy
succeeds - as a bonus - the feat of making you shed a small tear, between two bursts of laughter.
This is no small victory.