Ghostbuster Afterlife

Ghostbusters Afterlife Film poster, Google. 

The return of another sequel was inevitable, the campaign to resurrect previous franchises is Hollywood’s current hobby. Its victim, Ghostbusters Afterlife, is a result of creative bankruptcy that plaques the modern industry.

While humor and life are absent, the film relies on bland one-liners and nonsensical cameo appearances. The film also has problems with pacing. Not only is Ghostbusters Afterlife slow to start off, but it tries to convince the audience that it deserves a 2 hour and 4-minute runtime, when the movie truly starts about 45 minutes in.

It is difficult to remember anything before the climax of the film. That’s the problem, the story spends the first half setting up plot points and then the other half focusing on nostalgia. The story becomes confusing, breaking the immersion. It’s a lack of direction that truly hinders this story and makes the audience ask the question, "Why do we need this?"

Ghostbusters Afterlife is directed by Jason Reitman who also co-wrote the script with screenwriter Gil Kenan. The film stars Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace and Paul Rudd. Ghostbusters Afterlife is a direct sequel to Ghostbusters 1984, skipping Ghostbusters 2 and the infamous remake in 2016.

The plot revolves around the descendants of original cast member Harold Ramis, who’s character Egon Spengler dies from a ghost attack. Due to their eviction, the daughter of Egon Spengler and her children move to Egon’s house. There, they soon discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the legacy left behind.

For a simple film, there are positives. The main cast does an admirable job at displaying chemistry. The characters sort of bounce off each other. It’s obvious that the actors spent much time together during production. The editing was decent, I was pleasantly surprised at how seamless the transitions were between scenes. The sound design was serviceable, it got the job done.

That’s really it, the matter at fault is that the film is just another one. Nothing memorable or bad, but existing. Nowhere near the good time of its predecessor and less the charm. The original Ghostbusters was a light blue-collar comedy mixed with science fiction that sent roars of laughter throughout 1984 and beyond. Though its sequels are understandably dismissed, the 1984 film still holds the hearts of many. It’s just a shame that magic couldn’t be passed down.

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