Today we’re talking about the 2021 film Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
A very clever mix of the Ghostbusters formula and the rural “kids on bikes” genre. The story is extremely predictable, but that’s part of its fun.
The characters on paper are kinda boring and overdone. Weird kid who’s probably autistic, ghost nut, slacker teacher, horny teens, sad single mother. However, the actors make them lovable, quirky, and just fun to watch.
The strength of the first three movies was their dialogue and this doesn’t disappoint. Self referential and nostalgic enough for old fans, but funny and quippy enough for newer fans.
Visuals and Music
The special effects are great and I loved the location. If felt grand and rural all at the same time. The kind of place locals don’t see the beauty in.
The music was solid. Did what it needed and used themes from the older films.
I fully expected to not like this one. There were a lot of issues with the originals and I wasn’t in the mood to revisit the same story and cast again. I was pleasantly surprised by the story and cast. Even more by how nostalgic I felt about the whole thing.
The kids loved it to the point where the two year old keeps talking about it.
A fun nostalgic ride with a talented, entertaining, and fresh cast. It’s shiny and new and will tug on all your heartstrings. If you liked the previous three (does anyone really like the second one?) you’ll love this.
Final Score: 4.5 Stars out of 5