There’s been so much criticism of the new Ghostbusters movie, some of it justified and some of it not-so justified, but for those in the former category, the refrain has been let’s wait and see what the finished film looks like before casting final judgement. Well, one person has seen the movie, and they are casting a positive judgment saying that the movies is great, “brilliant” even! Of course, the person saying that is Dan Aykroyd, the co-star and co-screenwriter of the other Ghostbusters films. In his completely unbiased point of view (because he has absolutely no stake in the film’s success at all) you’re gonna love Paul Feig‘s movie!
“As originator of the original: Saw test screening of new movie. Apart from brilliant, genuine performances from the cast both female and male, it has more laughs and more scares than the first 2 films,” wrote Aykroyd on WhoSay, “plus Bill Murray is in it! As one of millions of man-fans and Ray Stantz, I’m paying to see that and bringing all my friends!”
Well, we’re sold. No, seriously, what could Aykroyd possibly get out of this film’s success? Sure, as a co-screenwriter of the original film, he will likely get a backend piece of the box office, not to mention residuals on all future home video, digital download, cable and broadcast sales. And okay, he probably hasn’t done anything of consequence since Grosse Pointe Blank. In fact, his film work in the last 10 years includes providing the voice of the title character in Yogi Bear, and appearing in Pixels, and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. So he’s got completely nothing to gain, right?
Let’s not forget too that Aykroyd still carries a torch for one last run with the original (surviving) Ghostbusters too, so if Feig’s movie is a success, that will give him an ‘in’. At least that’s what he thinks. As much as we might appreciate Aykroyd’s enthusiasm for the movie, this smells a bit like those early reports of Warner Bros. executives giving Batman V. Superman a standing ovation. And we all know how that turned out.
Ghostbusters, in which Aykroyd makes a cameo, is in theaters everywhere on July 15.