- February 13th, 2018, 9:24 am
Ghostbusters 2 was my first Ghostbusters I saw in theatres back in the day (wow, 30 years next year... D: ). At the time, I liked it even more than the first, probably because I was the target audience. As time went on, I liked it less and less, but since 2016's flick, Ghostbusters 2 came back with nostalgic memories: seeing it with my father and sister, renting it endlessly on VHS, the feeling of watching something I was hoping was only the second of many films to come (boy, was I wrong), drew imaginary posters of what the logo would look like till Ghostbusters 10 (hardly a chance for that to happen) XD
You can say because of Ghostbusters 2, summer of 1989 (yeah, same summer as the kids from the new "It"... OMG!! The parallels!!!) turned out to be an awesome one.
But I grew up a very sarcastic, cynical adult that completely rendered me impervious to whatever would NOT be Ghostbusters 3. I won't delve into why I wanted a Ghostbusters 3, it's been talked to death and even hurt any and all sequels from ever happening, so I'll keep it shut.
And so, the reboot had me poker-faced throughout the entire thing. I did not laugh, I did not completely hate, but I certainly was not entertained. The humor fell flat on its face, the pacing of the story was almost non-existent, the cameos were waste of good talents, etc. Honestly, until the movie started, I was sincerely hoping the trailers were only going to be trolling and we were going to see the REAL movie on-screen. And man did that help me descend to new levels of "non-entertainment".
The only good memory I got out of it? Here it is: it was my first event with my Ghostbusters friends. We dressed up, welcomed people, took photos, etc. It was a hell of a fun ride just to meet with people and have them feel like we were legit ghost hunters.
Now, I can't say the 2016 movie is the worse thing that could happen in the world, but it certainly is enough of a bad thing to have crippled the franchise. However, I do happen to watch it from time to time to reminisce what time I got with my friends, so it's still a bitter-sweet sentiment rather than a completely bitter one.
But Ghostbusters 2 takes the cake (and eats it too). It's sure not as good as the first one, but it does feel like seeing old friends you had not heard from in ages. You meet, greet, have a good time together and when it's time to part ways, you feel it was worth it.