Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Ghostbusters: Afterlife ★★★★½

I really enjoyed this film. Going into it I had no sense of nostalgia for the series and to be completely honest, I'm not the biggest fan of the original two films. Thankfully, this film looked at the way films like the "Star Wars" sequels failed and did the complete opposite. It respected its fanbase and what came before whilst also laying the foundations for the new characters to take the reigns.

McKenna Grace was the standout as the young kid, Phoebe. She stole every scene she was in. Paul Rudd was excellent, if underutilised. Finn Wolfhard was essentially his "Stranger Things" counterpart. And between watching "The Leftovers" and this film Carrie Coon has officially become my cinematic crush. Talk about the perfect woman....

What surprised me the most though was the sheer amount of heart this film had. I teared up a few times during the finale. There was a real earnest quality that took me off guard. I won't spoil anything but you'd have to be pretty stoic to not feel a lump in your throat.

One thing I will say is that whilst the film does take a while to get going it delivers a well earned and extremely satisfying final set piece. Any of the lame critiques that try to drag it down for being overly reliant on fan service, or that it's too "Spielbergian" should be ignored. It's a cheap way to knock the film. It's not perfect, but it didn't have to be. It's about as good as you can expect from a "Ghostbusters" sequel almost thirty years since the last one.

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