Tuesday 7 May 2024

Film Review: Ghostbusters - Afterlife (2021) (Fantasy Comedy)

Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Jason Reitman (Director)
Fantasy Comedy

A single mother and her two children move into a farmhouse inherited from her estranged father. As they settle in, they discover their associations with Ghostbusters. (Synopsis)

When I was a kid, I was a bit of a tomboy and, rather than Barbie, I played with Thundercats and Ghostbuster toys. As such, I loved the old Ghostbuster movies too. Nonetheless, I hadn't jumped into any of the newer films until Ghostbusters: Afterlife popped up on my Netflix feed and I decided to watch for nostalgia's sake. This film is not without flaws; however, overall I found it good fun from the homage it paid to the original movies. Even my husband looked up and laughed at the little Stay Puft Marshmallow Men cavorting around Walmart. It was quirky, nostalgic and sweet, perhaps a little repetitive from the original movies towards the end, but I think in some ways that was part of the fun. It does now make me interested to watch the sequel to this film, which is currently on in the cinema. I am giving it 3.5 stars, but will round up to a four for sentiment's sake. I do think you will get more from it as an existing fan than as someone new to the franchise, though, because of all the references and in-jokes.

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