Part of me is annoyed at Bill Murray, and part of me sympathizes with why he’s turned his back on the long-gestating “Ghostbusters 3.”
The latest news, as reported by IGN.com, is that production for the long-talked-about sequel will begin summer 2013 and will do so without Murray.
My inner fanboy is crying out, “Why not do this for the fans, Bill?! We all are dyeing to see you back as Dr. Peter Venkman. We love you, and we love you in this unforgettable role. We are the ones who put all that money in your pocket. We’re the ones who waited in line and spent our hard-earned money to see your movies. We made you who you are, and you owe us — even if you’re not crazy about doing it.”
But the truth is, we paid our money to see Bill Murray because he’s an incredible talent. I’m a huge fan of his, and I trust him. I believe when he makes a movie, it’s going to be a good one. I’m looking forward to his next movie, “Hyde Park on the Hudson,” in which he plays Franklin D. Roosevelt. There’s already early Oscar buzz surrounding his name. This is a man whose made some amazing movies, has incredible range, and always delivers a good performance — even if the movie isn’t great.
So I have to trust that he’s making the right choice to not take part in Ghostbusters 3. There have been so many prequels, sequels and spin-offs that I’m confident to say I could have lived without a third installment in the franchise. I’m sure it would be much better with Murray back in the cast, but it’s not going to ruin my day.
As a public, we often get the feeling that we’re entitled to the work of an artist. We feel that authors, artists and movie makers owe us their work, but it’s really not true. The greatest creations are those born naturally. It goes back to the old saying that sequels are never as good as the original, and it’s true for the most part. The reason being is that great original works are organic. When a spin-off is born out of request by the public or the demand for more dollars by a studio, it’s usually watered down, forced, and not fresh.
All great artists produce work that satisfies them. Stanley Kubrick never set out to please studios with his films. Pablo Picasso didn’t paint more or pursue surrealism because people demanded it. They created because they were artists, and people enjoyed their work because they were great at it. Bill Murray’s his own man, and I can’t help but respect him for it.
I look forward to the rest of Bill Murray’s career much more than I long for a third Ghostbusters movie.
They’ve waited years for the release of Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace. But when one of their own discovers he’s terminally ill, a group of pals embarks on a road trip to Skywalker Ranch to steal the long-anticipated film. Sam Huntington, Chris Marquette, Dan Fogler, Jay Baruchel and Kristin Bell star in director Kyle Newman’s labor of geek love featuring cameos from Star Wars alums Billy Dee Williams, Carrie Fisher and Ray Park.
Rating: 7 out of 10
This movie is a lot of fun if you’re a giant Star Wars nerd like me. If you’re not, this movie won’t really be your thing. It’s packed with all kinds of inside jokes and cameos revolving around sci-fi and Star Wars.
This is a road trip movie with a thin plot about a group of Star Wars nerds who find out their friend has cancer and doesn’t have long to live. They follow their childhood dream to break into George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch to view Star Wars Episode I before it’s been released. It’s a very sorry plot, but it’s just enough to move the story through some hilarious moments. The best of which is when they visit William Shatner’s fictitious home town where Star Trek nerds are giving tours. They show up on the tour and harass them in front of a statue of Captain Kirk fighting Kahn — and the crotch on Kirk is insanely bulbous.
If you just laughed at that, you’ll enjoy this sentimentally nerdy comedy that is flawed but fun. If you didn’t, you won’t like it at all. This is one for the fanboys.
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