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Ghostbusters: Afterlife

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7.12 h 3 min2021X-RayHDRUHD12
When a single mom and her kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.
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Supporting actors
Bokeem WoodbinePaul RuddLogan KimCeleste O'ConnorBill MurrayDan AykroydErnie HudsonAnnie PottsSigourney Weaver
Producers
Ivan Reitman
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Columbia Pictures
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4.4 out of 5 stars

9268 global ratings

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  2. 23% of reviews have 4 stars
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Missy dizzyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 January 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
BRILLIANT BRILLIANT BRILLIANT
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I grew up on the original Ghostbusters 1 & 2 and as a kid i absolutely loved them, naturally i still do.....when that first re-make was made in 2016 I found it a total and utter disappointment, not even the cameo parts from the original cast could salvage that movie for me....BUT THIS!!!!.....my oh my!!...this movie is a must see for every fan of the originals, so all you Ghostbuster fans out there, to not watch this masterpiece of a genuine sequel would be nothing short of criminal.....I was hooked from start to finish....in fact i enjoyed this so much I'm about to watch it again, straight after seeing it for the first time.....that is how good this is. LOVED IT, LOVED IT, LOVED IT.....what more can i say......other than watch it.....you will not regret it!!!!!
15 people found this helpful
R. WalkerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 January 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Aim for the Flat Top!
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As a big fan of the originals an being old enough to see the original release in the Cinema (Odeon, Newcastle upon Tyne) I can confirm that the paranormal investigations carried out in Ghostbusters:Afterlife are of A1 quality work and should be studied repeatedly.

A well put together, well acted ride and we loved every minute of it.
8 people found this helpful
Karl CleveleyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 January 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
Same as the original...except its set on a country farm.
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Set in a small sleepy country town around Oklahoma, you could be forgiven if the feeling of this film has a rather backward approach, compared to the busy streets of New York City.

The first hour into this film was boring with little development in terms of plot - too much emphisis on it's characters was prime reason behind this and not alot of ghostly goings-on.
Then suddenly, as if I missed a chunk of the film during the last hour, our intrepid young cast were donning made-to-measure Ghostbuster costumes. Where did these characters suddenly injected some life into their performance, afterall, nobody had a good word to say about old eccentrict Grandpa Spengler or his farm. The appearance of the original cast at the end was a dull performance - I found the performance between Murray & Weaver on the end credits much more entertaining.

The original Ghostbusters had great casting, amusing one-liners, epic special-effects for its time and a great high energy 80s music soundtrack, that sold millions of albums, like the film itself. This sequel was struggling throughout, dwelling too much on nostalgia of the first film and Bernstein's music score with not a single original theme song to compliment it.

I'm aware this film pays homage to late actor Harold Ramis, but sadly, I felt this film was nothing short of money-grabbing opportunity for the cast and crew, as well as for close family members of Ramis, who actually died in 2014.

As much as I appreciate Jason Reitman as a talented film director, it was clearly obvious that this film would never surpass his dad's (Ivan) directorial successful achievement of Ghostbusters and perhaps he would of faired better to pass on this project to another director, allowing himself time to make an original successful opus of his own accord.

This film only appeals to a new generation of Ghostbusters fans, who have not seen the original, but will certainly look forward to the sequel to Ghostbusters Afterlife.
3 people found this helpful
Rossi SiscoReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 January 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant!
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Great characters and an awesome follow on from the original movies. Just the right amount of nestalgia and it held its own as a modern movie. My kids haven't seen the originals (they want to now) but they loved it in its own right. Fully, action packed and entertaining.
6 people found this helpful
DjReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 January 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Worth a watch
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Though still not a patch on the originals , this follow up is 1000 times better then that awful all female cast version.
This version has a reasonable plot , subtle casting and is enjoyable to watch.
A feel good movie that can be watched with family or friends or both haha!
4 people found this helpful
AsheDJReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 April 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Tribute to Harold Ramis
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This movie came to my attention completely out of the blue with a trailer featuring the small Marshmallows acting childishly within Walmart. It was an instant hook and made me intrugied to what the movie will deliver once released and it certainly didn't disappoint.

The movie has the spirit, pun absolutely intended, of the first two movies at heart, and it has been able to carry that to the younger members of the cast who have the same energy as Spengler, Venkman, Stantz, and Hudson in the 1980s. This is distinctly portrayed towards to movie's climax as if the originals were looking at a reflection of their younger selves, not literally of course but metaphorically speaking.

There is no denying that this movie delivers fan service as well as an honorable tribute to an original cast member who is no longer with us. A movie as this could have easily gone horribly wrong if it focused too heavily on trying to cater for those who loved the original and expected much of the same with Afterlife. But this movie does the callbacks in a way that resembles an echo to the original movies rather than in your face. Even I fell victim to it expecting the first ghost seen by Phoebe and Podcast to be Slimmer, the hungry green ghost from the original when indeed it was Muncher.

The movie does however return to the original storyline with Gozer, the gatekeeper and the key master, and the demonic-like dog things that Dana Barrett was possessed by along with Rick Moranis. We also see the return of the receptionist of the original movies who I suspect many younger views will know as Meemaw from the Big Bang Theory spin-off show, Young Sheldon. It was nice to see the original cast members in the movie that isn't thrown down our throats and doesn't steal any lime light from the newer and younger stars.

This is a movie I would highly highly recommend but I would insist upon watching the original two movies first if you haven't done so. Otherwise, Afterlife might leave you a bit puzzled to what is going on. The "all female" movie has some like to call it as if that alone is a bad thing, is rather a thorne of the franchise, and I treat it as non canon to the others. That particular movie was let down by the director rather than the cast, and it is not essential for Afterlife.

The post-credit scenes do seem to indicate that there could be a sequel to this movie as it is a rather open ended scene. I have heard a rumor that the original cast could come back to do upto 3 movies based on the sucess of Afterlife. Personally speaking, I don't think this would be a good idea as it would purely be serving for fans who cannot let go of the past. I would rather see another film that features the originals but focuses on the newer cast members as if they were handed to the torch from the originals. The link to the original cast would not be lost if they kept Phoebe within the movies as being the granddaughter to Egon.
SeanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 January 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great piece of nostalgia.
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This film I can happily say is a nice successor to the Ghostbusters franchise. Characters are all played well by the actors and getting to see Ecto 1 roll out again was brilliant to see. Story wise I did quite enjoy the route they took and the way they used it to properly end a chapter. This film. Goes above and beyond making over fans feel old but happy and bring in new fans.
5 people found this helpful
smileymummyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 March 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Blends classic GB with the new stuff
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N.B. Spoilers contained.

I wasn't sure quite what to expect. I have a family member for whom the original GB films are his favourite, and he poured some hate over the 2016 version, so I went into this viewing with some trepidation, particularly with the use of a much younger cast.

The cast is amazing, however! the children completely outdo the adults (as they should, given their part as the main protagonists). The adults were okay, but the jokes and the characterisation was made through the young cast's story arcs.

The use of the original cast was interwoven throughout and there were countless nods to the original. I understand why this was done. If you met my family member, you'd understand why die hard fans needed the link between these movies, however in my opinion, this was overdone. The new slimer was no slimer. I didn't see the point of Olivia Wilde's character. I did love the mini Staypuft men which I thought were hilarious, and the bit that made me burst into tears (no, really!) was the return of Egon and the emotional interaction with his family and the old cast. I really did think that part of the film was beautifully made, and it felt truly like it honoured Ramis.

I hope this paves the way for a new series of movies. It could do with a reboot and has such potential. Well done, Reitmans and the full cast!
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