WHAT'S IT ABOUT

A sequel to the Ghostbusters duology, Ghostbusters: Afterlife sees the grandchildren of one of the group’s founders take on the important job of saving the world as the next generation of ghost hunters.

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  1. Anthony Sherratt December 23, 2021

    In a franchise where NOTHING has come close to replicating the original, GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE has found a sweet spot between nostalgia and new characters. It’s not a perfect movie but it is certainly a satisfying one.

    It’s a beloved movie getting a sequel made by a loving fan. As such it recreates scenes, throws in Easter eggs and panders a bit to the diehard fans. And why not? We all want to be thrown back to the time where we wanted to strap our mother’s vacuum cleaner to our backs, bust ghosts and ask the neighborhood who they were going to call. And Reitman reminds us of that and throws in some truly emotional moments to underscore it.

    As I said, it’s not perfect. The ending in particular feels a bit rushed and a questionable timing decision robs the climax of some intensity, but the setting, sound effects, music… it all takes us back to the original,

    Throw in some great performances from McKenna Grace (who might be one of the most talented actors in the world at the moment) and Paul Rudd and you’re left with a fun ride. Strap in, fire ‘em up and cross the streams baby.

  2. Stephen Scott December 22, 2021

    Nostalgia isn't what it used to be. The same mistake is made here as in the Star Wars sequels - pandering to the fanbase.

    There are some great new characters, but the story plods as it keeps teasing the aging audience with memories of the original's magic.

    The potential is there, if a sequel happens, to create magic of their own.

    PS: The highlight of the movie is the mid-credit bonus scene. That gets 5 stars. But as it only goes for a minute, it's boiled down to .1 of a star.

    3.1 stars out of 5 for the whole thing. It's OK.

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