[The following contains spoilers for Ghostbusters: Afterlife]
Ghostbusters: Another Life looks like it’s going to end up being a bit divisive, at least partially depending on your stomach for the “We are doing it for the fans!” something every great revival of the franchise has to prove these days, but at least one viewer was truly impressed with the movie and the way it honored the Ghostbusters legacy.
That viewer is Violet Ramis Stiel, the oldest daughter of recent times. Ghostbusters star Harold Ramis, who am i talking to recently The Hollywood Reporter about Jason Reitman’s movie and what he has to say about remembering the people we’ve lost. THR doesn’t spoil it, but we will (that’s your final warning): Egon Spengler, the character who played Ramis in the first two Ghostbusters, it appears in Future life like a ghost, having died trying to prevent bad things from happening.
Stem said THR that Reitman was clever in focusing on “capturing Egon’s character” and “not necessarily” Ramis himself, which is a reference to the fact that this Egon doesn’t speak or that they made a point to make the character look specifically like “Pretty and graceful” Egon. Stiel also noted that Reitman made the film “about loss and grief” with “surreal” parallels to real life, though still a comedy. “Ultimately,” she says, Ghostbusters: Another Life it is about how “the people we love are always with us. They don’t go away. “
Reitman got the approval of all of Ramis’ children before he put his plan for Egon in motion, and Stiel initially thought it was a “weird” idea, but eventually had at least some voice in the development of the CG character, saying that era was “so generous” of the director in making him feel like he was part of the movie.
Ghostbusters: Another Life is in theaters now.