In its first days of release, the film that follows on from the classic “The Ghostbusters” (1984) is already a box office success and has been well received by the public. “Ghostbusters: Beyond” had its world premiere last Thursday (18th) and, in its first three days of screening, grossed more than US$44 million, reaching first place at the box office in the United States.
The number exceeded billing expectations, which estimated at US$ 30 million.
“Ghostbusters: Beyond” follows the story of the daughter and grandchildren of Egon (Harold Ramis), the ghost hunter from the original film. The woman moves with her two children to the old farm left by Egon in upstate Oklahoma. Strange events begin to disrupt the city’s routine, and the grandchildren of the former Ghostbusters team up with a professor, a supernatural podcast host, and the city’s sheriff’s daughter to investigate the mysteries. The journey, of course, leads the children to also discover the legacy left by their grandfather.
Among the public and the specialized critics, the film has been recognized for maintaining a balance between the elements of nostalgia and renewal, present even in the choice of the cast. Actors who participated in the franchise’s films in the 1980s return in “Ghostbusters: Beyond”: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson make their presence felt in the story.
In addition, new names complete the heavyweight team: Paul Rudd (“Ant-Man”), Carrie Coon (“Kin”), Finn Wolfhard (“Stranger Things”) and Mckenna Grace (“Captain Marvel”). McKeena Grace, by the way, has been highlighted as the main highlight of the film: her charismatic character, Phoebe, carries her grandfather’s brilliance and scientific interest, with a more outsider, unconventional personality.
Another important rescue element for “Ghostbusters: Beyond” is the responsibility of the film’s direction: Jason Reitman commanded the production that continues the story started by his father, Ivan Reitman, director of the franchise’s original films.
“The Ghostbusters” was one of the most popular comedies in the history of cinema – the revenue obtained at the time, of US$ 227 million, leaves no doubt about the dimension of the phenomenon. Jason Reitman’s film is dedicated to the memory of Harold Ramis, who played the character Egon and wrote the screenplay for the film in the 1980s. Ramis died in 2014, aged 69.
Reference: CNN Brasil