Ghostbusters: Afterlife

7.12 h 3 min2021X-RayHDRUHDPG-13
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.
Jason Reitman
Paul RuddCarrie CoonFinn Wolfhard
Science FictionComedyFantasyAdventure
English [CC]
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Mckenna GraceLogan KimCeleste O'ConnorAnnie PottsBob GuntonJ.K. SimmonsBokeem WoodbineShawn SewardSydney Mae DiazBilly BrykBill MurrayDan AykroydErnie HudsonSigourney WeaverPaulina AlexisMarlon Kazadi
Ivan Reitman
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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Frightening scenesalcohol usefoul languageviolence
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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jwwReviewed in the United States on November 21, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best Ghostbusters film since the original
I'm pleased to say that this is the best Ghostbusters film since the original. (Not to knock the other two. They were entertaining but had their flaws.) It understands what worked for the first two films (which the reboot didn't understand): great humor juxtaposed with a serious threat and a sincere dedication to the backstory of said threat. (This is directed by original director Ivan Reitman's son Jason who clearly is doing his all to be reverent toward the franchise).

But this film also realizes that changes needed to be made. The biggest mistakes of 2 and the reboot were just recycling the story beats. After 3 whole films where the characters have to start or restart their careers while going up against skeptics, this movie refreshingly skips that. I mean, we're here to see people fighting ghosts and not having to sit through the minutiae. We also finally get a film happening someplace other than New York. And you can't do much more different than the large city than a small country town used here. The rustic landscape looks really good. (Also, it's got to be a lot more cost effective to film in the county than than the city.)

The best change about this is that it's more character-driven and sentimental than the other films, tackling character emotions with a depth never before seen. The movie also provides an excellent nod to Egon, whose actor Harold Ramis sadly passed away. There are three characters that standout: smart, but socially awkward Phoebe (McKenna Grace), the Egon of the film, talkative podcaster Podcast (Logan Kim), and good-natured science teacher Gary Guberson (Paul Rudd). Phoebe and Podcast make the film as both their actors nail their delivery. They have excellent chemistry together and sell being two eccentrics whose friendship is built on neither being judgmental of the other. Rudd excels in being goofy and charming.

Love the cinematography and special effects for this. I don't think I've seen a movie come so close to feeling like it was made during the 80's. Also, the opening and ending to this are so excellently done. The former in particular is something you could show in film school on how to properly shoot a scene.

I do admit the editing could've been better. This is one of those films where it's definitely clear more stuff was shot, but it got cut. There's a few characters in this that feel like they were supposed to have more to do then barely show up. There is one person in particular, whose usage is so disappointing, it probably would've been easier if he or she was cut. Though I do like the finale, I do admit it ends abruptly.

Even before I saw the movie, I heard complaints that there were too many nostalgia throwbacks. When I watched the film, I thought "Huh, I'm not seeing it." Then the third act hits and you're hit by a flood of references, like the reference dam opened. However, I still wouldn't call this a dealbreaker. There's too much to enjoy in this for the nostalgia baiting to bring it down.

Highly recommended. I think this is the type of Ghostbusters that people have been waiting for for a long, long time.
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Erin J. DavisReviewed in the United States on January 4, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Sequel We Needed!
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So much was working against this movie and it managed to overcome all that.
This movie has no right being as good as it is.
A true worthy sequel and ones that fans needed and deserved.

Oh and also, your movie sucks Paul Fieg, this one was good, cry about it.

A Female Ghostbusters Fan who is tired of you claiming if you hate your painfully unfunny movie means you just hate women.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on January 4, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Ghostbusters movie we needed
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I remember seeing the first Ghostbusters in the theater when I was 10 and was immediately hooked. Thirty-seven years later, sitting in a dark theater with my family, I got hooked all over again. The story is as good as the first, the heart and soul still alive as ever, meeting and exceeding expectations across the board.Many heartfelt thanks to Jason and Ivan Reitman.
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Andy DotsonReviewed in the United States on January 5, 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Terrible characters and story
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I was not prepared for how bad this movie would be. The family consists of Stranger Things kid, stereotypical “Quirky Girl”, and for some reason a mom that literally hates them both. For real, the mom goes off about how much she hates science multiple times when the girl expresses a love for it - and tells them how the mom *used to* have money before the kids. It’s uncomfortable how much the mom doesn’t like the kids.

None of these characters work together, they’re all cringeworthy.
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Ms. GriffeyReviewed in the United States on January 4, 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
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I loved the original movies. This was an attempt to recreate what fans loved in a distorted, depressing, unending drama. It wasn’t clever or funny. A waste of money. I knew the risk when I purchased. I’m writing this review so you may avoid not only the cost and disappointment but also the stain it leaves on the original Ghostbuster movies. Save yourself and pass.
37 people found this helpful
alistairvilleReviewed in the United States on January 4, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Slow beginning, good middle, great ending
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When the movie begins, you’ll see Finn Wolfhard and recognize him from Netflix’s “Stranger Things”. He, McKenna Grace, and Carrie Coon plus Paul Rudd carry most of the movie. However, all supporting characters are well acted and you’ll see your almost all your old favourites from the first two movies by the time the movie is over.

If you’ve not see the original 1984 “Ghostbusters” then I’d recommend watching it before you watch this movie as it is a sequel or continuation of that original movie. “Ghostbusters Afterlife” can stand on its own but it will make more sense if you’ve seen “Ghostbusters”.

The movie had a slow and rather depressing beginning before it got to anything interesting. I think stronger art direction and photography plus directing we’re things that would have improved the final result.
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Chuck Finley wanna beReviewed in the United States on January 5, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
A classic brought to life
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When I saw the first one; I was 4 or 5 and it was with a friend in their house. VHS was amazing and sitting in front of a small T.V. (To think it was big back then.) and I was hooked onto the Ghostbusters. In fact I didn't know I was hooked until much later and I saw the second one. I loved it since the premise was similar to the first and there was a lot of room to grow. The kids show was around and it was something that brought more joy for me. I was definitely hooked. I would re-watch it these two at least once to twice a year. It faded and life went on. I saw the rebranding and as much as I thought it could be something; it was missing something more so. They turned the movie upside down and made me sort of wonder about it. I would give it a decent rating, but it didn't have the gumption as the original. More time passed on and I would every year watch the two. Mainly because Harold Ramos brought to life a spark in my life. See for me I lost my father and even though I had a step father; Mr. Ramos brought a side of what I missed out.

Now to this one and I will say it didn't muck about. I loved seeing the how they set the direction, the characters, and they gave this premise a rather solid standing. You get a full on epic amount of connection with everyone and dear lord; you get sucked in like a ghost over that ghost trap. BAM!!! Sucked in and you can't turn away. To see how they bring everything in and wrap it up in a beautiful bow. I could keep going on, but the ghost of Egon. That got me and to see everyone back. It was EPIC!! The set up is there to be the ending we deserved or the possible beginning of the real Ghostbusters to come back.
Thank you for that.
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Adam J. GabrickReviewed in the United States on January 4, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
When nostalgia works
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As a kid ghostbusters was everything to me from the cartoons and toys to the movies, I was excited when I heard about afterlife but also worried it might tarnish the first 2 films. Although the first 2 will always be the best I was not let down on this one it was made with love for the originals and it shows. They captured some great moments of laughter, sadness, and creepiness.. in an Era that is overly flawed with cgi I didn't notice it as much with this film they blended it tastefully.. now the flaws ..I didn't feel like there was enough time spent on the OG's Ray, Winston and Venkman should have had more screen time! It was an interesting plot but it had a couple holes and I wish we could have had alot more scenes in New York it just felt off that it was all in this small town but regardless it was a great film and I'm happy to add it into my collection.
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