Ghostbusters: Afterlife Review

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Ghostbusters: Afterlife Review

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When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.

Why did I come to this movie again?

I’ve been looking forward to this movie since the first trailer hit last year. Or was it the year before? With Covid I can’t remember. Anyway, I adore the original Ghostbusters and was excited to see what they did with this film.

5 of 5

Characters

I originally thought the story was going to revolve around the boy, Finn Wolfhard from Stranger Things, but quickly figured out that the main character was his nerdy younger sister. She started off a little hard to swallow, but the writers did a good job of making a distant, awkward, super-smart girl likeable.

All of the kids were fun. Paul Rudd is basically gold, and did a great job in this film. The adults were pretty good.

My biggest beef was why the original Ghostbusters broke up. I didn’t think the explanation gave us everything we needed.

4 of 5

Did I care what happened?

Yes. The show started out a little slow, but quickly pulled in lots of hooks and conflicts. Plenty to keep me interested. This show mirrored the plot from the original a little too much, but that’s just my opinion.

4 of 5

Plot Holes

Besides why the original guys broke up not being explained to my satisfaction, there were only small plot holes like how did the kids learn so much about the bad guy so fast, surely someone checks that the kids in summer school are doing something besides watching VHS horror movies, and can someone really get Ecto1going after all this time? Just nit-picky details.

4 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

None that I remember. There were enough Easter Eggs to keep me engaged even when the scenes were a bit slow.

4 of 5

Cool Factor

I hardly noticed the CGI, so that’s good. I loved all of the callbacks to the original film, along with the 80’s references. The film delivered what I was looking for!

5 of 5

The End

Like I said before, I felt like this one followed the original plot a little too closely. While some of it was hilarious (the Keymaster and the Gatekeeper were great), and some of it was downright clever, other parts were a little painful.

Spoiler, the three remaining Ghostbusters show up to help. Their involvement is good, but it felt forced and a bit lame. I wish they would have given them a more active or original role.

However, I LOVED Winston’s post-credit scene.

4 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

I came out of this movie smiling and wanting to see it again. I think it’s a great entry point into the Ghostbusters universe for the younger generation and a nice hit of nostalgia for those of us who saw the original in the theater.

5 of 5

Total: 35

That’s a Brown Belt!

(So close to a Black Belt)

Black Belt: 36-40
Brown Belt: 31-35
Green Belt: 26-30
Purple Belt: 20-25
Yellow Belt: 11-19
White Belt: 1-10


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