“Who you gonna call?”
There’s an inherent sweetness and charm to Ghostbusters: Afterlife, it captures the spirit of the original films, the jokes land and this humour is balanced wonderfully with the family-style horror at play here.
The film also doubles up as coming-of-age story where Mckenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard shine, there’s this lovely warmth and wonder to their characters that makes this film worthwhile. However, Ghostbusters: Afterlife is let down by its writing, all that good direction, performances and cinematography can’t cover up how one dimensional the writing is.
The writing sacrifices a lot of original ideas, identity rather to make space for nostalgia and huge chunk of it becomes a little bit too fan service-y. Making the original parts of the film suffer.
There’s some generic-ness to it, and there isn’t enough work done on the new set of characters but because the actors are so good, we end up rooting for them anyways. And also, I found it to be a little slow in the middle, not much is going but its just repetitive.
Overall, you’ll have a blast watching this legacy sequel because it hits all the right notes when it comes to the heart and warmth, the comedy and action, I thoroughly enjoyed myself.