The movie crosses the streams between franchise revival and exercise in nostalgia. However, this time around, the result mostly feels good. It’s a a great cast, with a fast-paced story, and tons of callbacks to the original movies. It’s a fun movie for the fans of the franchise and for new ones.
Directed by Jason Reitman as an homage to his father, the movie starts slow, respectful, and sometimes crushingly earnest. However, once we got over the reminiscing and Reitman sets up the premise of this incarnation, it was fun all the way. Especially with the way the VFX was done: An upgrade to the original.
Expect an array of cameos, the Michelin man, a goddess, and ghosts. Obviously. I was wish that Reitman would have pushed the envelope a bit more and add a lot of more action. Standing at around 2 hours, the movie takes the whole first half, and more, to get to the point. Don’t get me wrong, it was enjoyable to watch, but this is Ghostbusters, give me more ghosts!
To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to like this latest incarnation in the Ghostbusters film series, but, color me surprised, I did. However, unless the writers can come up with something other than riffs on the original, I’m afraid the bittersweet nostalgia of Ghostbusters: Afterlife is the sort of thing that can only work once.
Should you watch it?
Movies are a different business to when the original Ghostbusters was released in 1984. Afterlife spans the gap admirably, and will satisfy old fans even as it tempts in new ones.
Where can I watch it?
You can stream Ghostbusters: Afterlife on Amazon Prime Video.