Ghostbusters: Afterlife Review

by Murray

Ghostbusters: Afterlife Review

It's a fantastic family film that I can't recommend enough.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife Review

It's a fantastic family film that I can't recommend enough.

Before I get into the review, I would like to state my feelings about the current criticism for this movie. Ghostbusters: Afterlife seems to have hit a nerve amongst the film critic community. Many of them seemingly hate the film because this isn’t a sequel to the 2016 reboot. A film that critics seemed to love and fans seemed to absolutely hate. Countless reviews of the current movie place blame for its box office failure on the rejection of an all-female cast. I saw the movie with hopes it would be good. It turns out that it wasn’t. It’s absolute trash, and it’s not because the cast didn’t perform up to par. It had a terrible plot, bad jokes, and the worst villain possible. Something that couldn’t be saved no matter how well anyone in that film performed. It missed the mark, and it missed it big time, and now we have been given Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

This movie takes place in the present. Egon had become estranged from his family and friends. He has since passed away, and his family has inherited his farm in a small Oklahoma town. From here, they begin to realize things are not all as they seem. One might say there’s something strange in the neighborhood. Sorry, it’s out of my system now.

I loved Ghostbusters: Afterlife. The overall story is well done, and the cast is perfect. Mckenna Grace is excellent as Phoebe, Egon’s granddaughter. She is the main focus of this film. While the whole film is the family’s journey, it’s mostly hers. Phoebe is just like Egon. Genius-level intelligence and highly awkward. We get to follow her as she learns who her grandfather was and where she fits into the world. I wasn’t expecting a coming-of-age film when I walked into the theater, but it was a welcomed surprise.

While I feel Mckenna Grace was the stand-out, the rest of the cast is excellent. I was worried that the Podcast character played by Logan Kim was going to be annoying. Luckily it was not the case. My second favorite character was Mr. Grooberson, played by Paul Rudd. As always, the man is a welcome addition to any film.

I will openly admit the film was a nostalgia fest, but I felt they did it right. Easter eggs were aplenty. So much so that I can’t wait to see what I missed during my first viewing. The amount of respect given to the first film is astonishing. Something I felt the 2016 reboot did not do, and I felt that was its biggest mistake. Some may argue, but I thought they blended it well.

One criticism I’ve heard is that they don’t capture the spirit of the original film. I have to agree to a certain point. I don’t find it to be a fault in this film. While I do not believe this is a Ghostbusters movie in the same vein as the original, I think it’s an adventure film similar to The Explorers or E.T., and that feeling is something that is rarely captured in the modern film era. The closest I have seen in recent years would be Super 8, and it doesn’t even come close to achieving what this film does. The discovery, wonder, and magic of being a kid are displayed in this film perfectly. It’s a fantastic family film that I can’t recommend enough.

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