It shocks me they cast Finn Wolfhard. They really had to foresee this "Stranger Things" problem people are having, right? Personally I don't care. I just want a great movie. But I'm seeing quite a few complaints with the same theme: "This is a Stranger Things ripoff" "Who wants to see a Ghostbusters movie with kids as the Ghostbusters" and "Where are all the jokes?".
The "ripping off Stranger Things" allegation is so frustrating because Stranger Things repackages so much content for the '80s to begin with. I mean, did you see the latest season? The bad guy almost exactly quotes the first terrorist to get killed in Die Hard. "You're a police man. Police men have rules."
The real problem is that Finn Wolfhard dressed as a Ghostbuster in Stranger Things, so seeing him in a Ghostbusters film reminds people of Stranger Things.
Ahhh, nostalgia for nostalgia
Past that, the best comparison relies on the single mother with kids thing. And, uh... Ghostbusters II was about a single mother with a kid.
The way I see it is stranger things was inspired by stuff from the 80s including Ghostbusters but a combined multiple and created its own thing. Like people say element of et it has elements of Ghostbusters hell some shots seem straight of Halloween on Friday the 13th.
Thus though seems a straight copy of the stranger things style. Including the town the acting and it's not because that kids in it. He's been in a few things like he was a great pugsley in the new Addams family I took the kids to see.
The issue stands from people don't want stranger things they want Ghostbusters. Like if you put Ghostbusters 1 on and then you put stranger things season 1 on or season 2 or whatever , you can tell a difference in style in pacing , in acting styles , in directorial choices , in locations. Now you do the same thing with the trailer and stranger things and its much harder to tell the difference.
That's how I feel I do admit completely respect others may not see it that way and that is absolutely fine. I just think once you do see it it's hard to unsee it. Like even the local town it's in feels like the stranger place location.
I would argue if you wanted to take it away from New York because you feel you've done it. Go somewhere else that's still a city. Like New Orleans would be better. Still get that city environment that Ghostbusters is famous for but New Orleans has a very different style to New York so would be a different character in itself. As it's known for festivals is known for history with food related stuff a vibrant nightlife would make it unique but still very ghostbusters. If that makes sense.
Like seeing ecto-1 sirens on driving down a busy road is like one of the quintessential Ghostbusters shots and a city like New Orleans would still allow this and still be different to New York. Driving it through a small town and a corn field just doesn't have the same weight behind the shot.