There are certain films That should be left alone. We don’t want a remake of Jaws. We don’t need a fourth Back To The Future. We have no desire to discover rick and ilsa secretly rekindled their relationship after the War, or find out if andy and red’s boat-refurbishing business was a success. These films are best left untouched. Timeless. classic. but then, there are others that have been crying out for new instalments. and every time one of the original players has been interviewed over the decades, they’re asked: “When are you doing another one?”
Ghostbusters was one such film and, after years of rumours and multiple false starts, a third movie is almost upon us. new cast. new director. but not that different — as with the original it has a group of comedic actors at the top of their game, a clear lineage to Saturday Night Live and a certain green ghost with a huge appetite. and it’s received the blessing of the team behind the ’84 classic. not that it’s been an easy journey to get to this point, as we were told in great detail by Paul feig and the members of the latest spook-hunting quartet, starting on p.56. but that’s not all. We also have original writer and star dan aykroyd recounting his life as a Ghostbuster, from his childhood fascination with the supernatural to the latest film, in which he appears as a brand-new character. (see… told you it had his blessing.)
There are many triumphant returns in this month’s issue. shane black is directing again with The Nice Guys, and he talks us through his varied career. Twenty-five years on from The Silence Of The Lambs, Jodie foster speaks up about why clarice starling is such an important and enduring character. and, perhaps most excitingly of all, captain america is back in mcu dust-up Civil War — event cinema at its very best. spoiler, but… we loved it. You can read just how much on p.40.
is there a better feeling than when a film you really, really want to be good completely delivers on its promise? if there is, i can’t think what it might be.