This is how the Ghostbusters sequel honors the memory of the late Harold Ramis, who played the original science-driven Ghostbusters Egon Spengler.
Creating a cult-worthy sequel Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989) was always going to be a high-risk job, but Ghostbusters: another life hits all the bases: consistent story, excellent cast, decent visuals, and lots of thank you nods to the original movies. The movie checked two key boxes: It served as a great new generation. Ghostbusters history and a nostalgic journey for fans of the original installments. Additionally, Jason Reitman directed the film as a loving and beautiful tribute to the sharp physique and original Ghostbusters Egon Spengler and his actor, the late Harold Ramis.
For Jason Reitman, creating a Ghostbusters The sequel meant living up to the incredibly high expectations of fans and possibly his father, Ivan Reitman, who happens to be the director of the original films. He had the idea of a girl finding a packet of protons in a barn and a boy discovering Ecto-1, but he didn’t know what to do with it. Only after Harold Ramis suddenly passed away in 2014 did all the pieces fall together – she had to be Egon’s granddaughter. The intergenerational conversation shaped the roots of the story and allowed Reitman to honor Ramis’s memory at the same time.
Ghostbusters: another life is established more than thirty years after the events of Ghostbusters II. Follow the story of Callie Spengler (Carrie Coon), a single mother who moves her daughter Phoebe (Mckenna Grace) and her son Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) to a small town in Oklahoma to avoid the apartment and take over a home from her estranged late. father, who is revealed to be the founding member of the Ghostbusters, Egon Spengler. While Callie gets along with Grooberson (Paul Rudd), a teacher at her children’s school, Phoebe discovers her grandfather’s legacy and steps into his shoes to combat the evil awakened the original ghostbusters faced before: the ancient self. divine. Gozer.
The sequel is chock-full of callbacks to the original movies, from the miniature marshmallow men to the master janitor key exchange and the iconic ‘Who are you gonna call’ line. On top of that, in an exciting and undoubtedly timely cameo, it brings back the original Ghostbusters team, with Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and the late Harold Ramis stepping up to thwart Gozer’s plans. Getting Ramis back was accomplished masterfully and delicately using stock photos and clips of Ramis taken from the two original films, a stuntman, and the most cutting edge CG.
Perhaps the best element in Ramis’s already impressive appearance was Reitman’s careful decision to keep the character quiet. Instead of putting the pieces together and using an awkward compilation of Egon’s existing lines, similar to what The rise of Skywalker made to create an impression of Princess Leia (the late Carrie Fisher) presence in the story, or use a double voice, Ghostbusters: another life he handled his cameo with the utmost care and sensitivity. By keeping it quiet and allowing other characters to say their goodbyes and deliver their final message, Reitman preserved the fond memories of fans and only increased the emotional impact of the final dedication “To Harold” that appeared on screen at the end.
However, while the poignant final message and the appearance of the character’s ghost are the most obvious nods to the late Ramis, they are far from the only ones.
The same plot of Ghostbusters: another life forms around the pass of Egon, who, at first, tries and fails to catch Gozer and is attacked by the mysterious fog that causes his heart attack. While the audience does not actually see the man’s face, it is clear that he is not only the science-driven ghostbuster, but has his original appearance – the effect that is achieved with the skillful use of a stuntman and clever makeup that help recreate Ramis’s grand presence on screen.
In addition, his granddaughter Phoebe is the one who will continue his legacy and undertake the fight against the ancient evil, with Egon’s suit and nothing less than his bag of protons. With his grandson Trevor joining the battle and his daughter being dragged off in the form of a demon dog, it is truly a Spenglers story. It even features a forgotten Twinkie, Egon’s favorite gift when it comes to explaining the amount of psychokinetic energy in New York, that Phoebe finds in Ecto-1’s glove compartment.
The main character, Egon’s granddaughter, resembles the late legendary Ghostbusters in many ways. She is a scientist, driven by facts and insatiable curiosity, allowing Egon to connect with her and even give her clever clues to find a ghost trap and take on the role of ghost hunter. He even wears similar lenses. She is a bit socially awkward, so it stands to reason that she ties up with another weirdo, a guy named Podcast, not unlike Egon who gathers a strange and diverse group of hunters in the original films. And finally, Phoebe is as fierce and brave as her grandfather. Grab the proton gun and don’t hesitate to hunt down the ghosts and even Gozer herself because if she doesn’t, who will?
Ghostbusters: another life accomplished a seemingly impossible task. Rather than attempting to rewrite the canon (previously unsuccessfully attempted by 2016 Ghostbusters reboot), masterfully packaged a fresh, next-gen story in a nostalgic-scented packaging of countless references and heartfelt cameos. The sequel handled its roots and the return of the characters with the utmost respect, and fans certainly appreciated it. At the same time, Ghostbusters: another life The post-credit scene cleverly prepares for the continuation of the story, promising new adventures but respecting the film’s origins. He managed to honor the memory of Harold Ramis, the co-writer and protagonist of the original. Ghostbusters, pay loving tribute to his character and make sure his legacy lives on.