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This movie was released in the United States on November 19, 2021, after being delayed four times from an original July 2020 release date due to the COVID.
The movie had an overall budget of $75 million and grossed around $150 million so far.
After theaters you should be able to purchase this movie on platforms like: Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu
The Ghostbusters is a beloved franchise that has been revisited many times for more than three decades, and even Paul Feig’s controversial reboot didn’t ruin the love of the fanbase. The key to longevity seems to hide in the surprising appeal of the plot, a good mix of reality and supernatural, and the killer charisma of the blockbuster quartet of actors Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson.
This time it’s different, not only because at the helm of the project is Jason Reitman who gave us tender movies like “Juno” and “Tully“, but he is also the son of the director of the original dilogy, Ivan Reitman. This continuity becomes the driving force of the movie, and to my mind, the long-time fans of the franchise will get the most kick out of it.
Ghostbusters Afterlife Review
Afterlife has an undeniable feeling of longing for the past. Even children here do not spend their time on smartphones. Instead, they assemble devices with their own hands and get to know each other the old-fashioned way in a fast-food restaurant or at school.
We even have a boy named “Podcast” who records his show about mysticism and conspiracy theories on a tape recorder.
Fanservice is at all-time high here. Get prepared to drown in homages, easter eggs, and different nods to the original dilogy. There are so many that YouTube content creators compete on finding as many references as possible.
On top of that, you won’t meet a single new ghost or villain here. It’s not bad nor a good thing just so you might lower your expectations on that front. We have met all of them before in one form or another (there are hundreds of marshmallow sailors).
The main plot is also somewhat borrowed from the classics. Thankfully, Reitman is a director with a clear vision, and you just have to give him his due: Afterlife does not look artificially made. On the contrary, it hits the right balance between looking true to the original and developing new characters.
Casting Mckenna Grace who plays Phoebe was a delightful success. She plays a cute nerd, who endlessly makes up awkward jokes (in fact, quite hilarious ones). Mckenna simply crushes it and easily outmatches the rest of the cast.
Phoebe’s character is so organic in this story that you do not stop believing her for a minute. And even when she understands the device of the proton gun quite easily and guesses about the principles of how the ghost trap works, she’s the granddaughter of her brilliant grandfather and grew up with science in her blood after all.
Paul Rudd and Carrie Coon formed an entertaining duet of adults who are embarrassed by their own feelings. Rudd yet again pleases with decent comedic talent as he’s been doing it for two decades. Coon’s character is an example of a progressive mother looking for ways to get along with her children and not let her own resentment towards her father affect her as a parent.
The interconnection of generations and continuity are the movie’s central themes, and Reitman managed to tell a very touching story, not forgetting to put the main characters on a mission to save the world from evil ghosts.
Where Are The Ghosts?
If there’s anything negative to say about the new Ghostbusters, it’s that for its impressive two-hour runtime, strangely enough, there’s not a lot of ghosts. Afterlife wasn’t able to achieve the same dynamic as the 1984 original does. Instead, we mostly get a charming mix of a well-written script and excellent cast.
Subconsciously, the viewer understands that sooner than later “Ecto-1” will jump out of the garage and the sky above Summerville will be illuminated by positron lightning, but these moments have to be waited for and waited for again, and you almost have to beg the director to show them to you.
However, the lack of ghosts does not affect the overall mysterious atmosphere and the delight you get from the copious amount of fanservice. The movie does not become too boring, it juggles multiple genres and tonal shifts effectively: from the comedy genre to a family thriller, and even to horror in some scenes.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is a paradise for fans of the franchise and the 80s nostalgia in general. In many ways, the effect of Ghostbusters will be directly proportional to your expectations: the less you imagine what the movie should be, the more likely it will become a great nostalgia trip.
In the end, I would give this remake 3 out of 4 stars!
The only question remains, whether it will be as touching for younger generations as it is for the older generation who knew who to call when there was a ghost in their neighborhood.
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