The Screen Junkies have become that friend who always tells us exactly what we need to hear—and boy oh boy do we love them for that. Their latest Honest Trailer, for Ghostbusters II, gives us a good dose of their brand of medicine, made especially for those fans who think the new Ghostbusters film somehow threatens their childhood. The truth is that anyone who thinks X-chromosomed lady busters will somehow ruin the franchise needn’t worry. First, because you’re wrong to think that, and second? Because you never noticed that Ghostbusters II already ruined it.
After watching this (an avid GB fan myself) even I cannot deny the fact that the second installment is a carbon copy of the first in almost every way—or that the humor of the original was watered down for more kid-friendly appeal. Those facts are somewhat excusable since these are films I loved as a child, and therefore they hold a special place in the nostalgia centers of my brain. But as an adult who loves to pick apart movies, I cannot get over the fact that we all collectively accepted the Ghostbusters being treated as jokes a mere five years after the events of the first film.
The city of New York faced a potential world-ending event featuring real-life literal ghosts and a malevolent marshmallow giant that was stopped by the Ghostbusters—and yet everyone treats them like crap half a decade later. The equivalent would be like insulting a NYC fireman in 2006 and then, I guess, wanting He-Man instead?
Despite showing us out how blind we’ve all been for so many years, it’s good that this video exists. The golden-voiced Jon Bailey really does say it best toward the end of the trailer: “So before you go and see the movie that people have decided will ruin the franchise before they’ve even see it, re-visit the movie that already ruined the franchise.”
Childhood un-ruined? re-ruined? Let’s discuss how people need to take it down a notch in the comments below!
Image: Columbia Pictures