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AlexReynard

Ghostbusters Afterlife is excellent [spoiler-free review]

Interesting parallel, in that the last film I watched in a theater was Sonic The Hedgehog. And while both are saddled with a few too many modern tropes, both get something fundamental right: People care about these characters, so the people making the movie should care about them too.

The people who made this are heartbroken Harold Ramis died. This movie is a gift to him. I honest-to-god cried at the end. It's just such a relief to see a franchise movie made with actual, genuine love.

I'm not going to go into every detail. Suffice to say, it's a really honestly good movie if you forgive a few bumpy spots. While most references to the original are done well, there's a handful where the movie just stops for a second to shove a thing in your face. Comedy's not as sharp-edged due to the PG13, but I did laugh out loud several times. There's a bit in a Walmart that reeeeeally feels like it was shoved in during reshoots. Overall, Afterlife is not as good as the other two Ghostbusters movies at their strengths. But it tries different things and is pretty damn good at them as well. For one, it's nice to see that Jason Reitman didn't just get the job out of nepotism. There are some beautiful shots in this. And the color's not all desaturated and dark! Hallelujah!

Two of the best things this movie does is casting and theming. For starters, the kids are actually skilled and actually funny. They're jaded, snarky teenagers, but they aren't unlikable assholes. They don't hate each other. They have believable interactions. And holy fuck, the girl playing Phoebe Spengler is phenomenal. It's eerie how well she slips into Harold Ramis' shoes. Egon was reserved, awkward and deadpan, but not cold. Brilliant, but self-assured enough to not patronize other people. Mckenna Grace does an amazing job of conveying all that. This movie walks a dozen razor tightropes of kid character types who usually come off as unrelatable, unrealistic and annoying AF, and instead nails a dozen bullseyes. Astonishing. (Also, I still cannot believe that, the song that plays over the credits? Mckenna performs it, wrote it, and co-directed the music video for it! And it's legit GOOD!)

Also, this movie gets the most important thing right about why Ghostbusters are so cool: anyone can be one. In probably the best thing MovieBob ever did, he laid out how Ghostbusters aren't "chosen ones" destined to save the land from evil. Winston walked in off the street and did it for a paycheck. The one thing you need to be, to be a Ghostbuster, is BRAVE. If you can see a slobbering undead phantasm hovering in front of you, stand your ground, and point your proton pack at it, you're in. Having the torch passed on to a bunch of kids was a brilliant idea. An inspiring idea.

There's two other themes this movie conveys that I really, really like. Ideas I think are dangerously rare in mainstream storyteling now:

*Both the old and the new deserve respect. Everyone is important. Everyone contributes.

*There are things more important than being safe.
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Added: 1 month, 3 weeks ago
 
TheDeinonychus
1 month, 3 weeks ago
And this is why the people who pushed the hideous remake so hard want this movie to fail so badly.
It's respectful of what came before it, and it presents honest, genuinely good themes and morals to it's audience without belittling them for not living up to the film maker's ideals.

No Ghostbusters film would be able to be a success for the fans if it didn't respect the originals, and could stand on it's own as a decent movie. Both points the remake failed at miserably.
AlexReynard
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Very agreed. It's some lovely schadenfreude seeing the stars of the 2016 thing throw hissy fits on Twitter.
ChastityCoyote
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Sigh of relief here.  When i first saw a trailer for it it gave me hope but if anything, the last few years and the politicalization of the shamdemic and what its wrought, i expected it to be trailer rich, but disappointing in the end.

Thanks for that and i will patronize this movie with glee.
AlexReynard
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Naw, this was a full repudiation of the 2016 one. This felt like the filmmakers saw it, got royally pissed, and said, 'Harold deserves better.'
KevinSnowpaw
1 month, 3 weeks ago
I knew afterlife would be great the moment i saw the reviewers compareing it to 2016 said 2016 was better XD


I was like YEP these same retards I knew then it would be great I cant wait to see it.
AlexReynard
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Movie critics are the walking extinct at this point. Now that we have the internet, you can get many, many opinions. We don't need someone who works for a newspaper who thinks their taste is better than yours.
KevinSnowpaw
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Amen to that. The audience scores are all quite high as well.
Sheylyra
1 month, 3 weeks ago
I just watched that Movie and still have tears in my eyes, it is something pure, something beautifull.
It is the good bye that Harold Ramis deserved, but never got until now.
THIS is a GHOSTBUSTERS Movie, a real one.
AlexReynard
1 month, 3 weeks ago
...did you just subtly reference Ghostbusters II? Because if you did I love you.
Sheylyra
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Of course i did.
AlexReynard
1 month, 3 weeks ago
[chef's kiss]
TheGreenAwesomeness5
1 month, 2 weeks ago
I love all 4 films of the series too.
ScottySkunk
1 month, 2 weeks ago
I loved this movie. it had me smiling so much as i watched it
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