It’s another Dad/Daughter movie review featuring 13 year old guest blogger Tessa! This blog is in danger of becoming a permanent review site, but we’ll just leave that here for right now.
Anyway, this week we are reviewing the newest film in the Ghostbusters series entitled Ghostbusters: Afterlife. It is a direct sequel to Ghostbusters 2, and a probable reboot of the series at large. For those who may not be aware, a plot summery follows. A single mother and her to kids move to an inherited house in a small town where they discover their grandfather’s connection to the Ghostbusters and, naturally, a supernatural threat to mankind. So there, that’s nice and vague. As usual, we will be as spoiler free as possible but there may be a few small ones. The rating system is as follows: 1-5 Daves or 1-5 Y’s (Y standing for Yasss!), 5 being the best.
GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE: 4.5 Daves/ Tessa: 4.5 Y’s
Tessa: I liked this movie a lot more than I thought I would. It’s not like I expected it to be bad (it has Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, and Mckenna Grace it couldn’t not be good), but I was pleasantly surprised at how good this movie was. Critics have been taking apart this movie (because they’re critics and that’s what they do), but I actually enjoyed it. I’ve seen the first Ghostbusters exactly once, and that was like a year ago, so I didn’t really expect to be able to follow along when the plot got reliant on what had been established in the first movie, but I understood it pretty well. It’s an enjoyable movie for any level of Ghostbusters fan, which I liked.
I loved every character, and it was a really funny movie as well. I expected there to be a bit of humor for Paul Rudd, but it would be a mostly action movie. But there was a lot of comedy, and it was done well enough that I didn’t think it was too much comedy. And I love how the new generation of Ghostbusters are all kids. As a kid, it makes me happy. It was very enjoyable and I really liked it!
Dave: As Tessa mentioned, the critics are not being very kind to this movie, and I understand why. Yes, this is a nostalgia trip that is uber-focused on fan service. Yes, the plot is really predictable. Yes, it goes for the heart more than the laughs and is more of a big budget adventure movie than straight comedy.
It is also a wonderful movie, and I loved every frame. I did come in with limited expectations, but found myself engrossed in the film quickly. I grew up with both the Ghostbusters movies and even though I don’t necessarily rewatch them on a regular basis, nor would I put them into a top ten, they are part of my movie DNA. I don’t know if I realized how much I loved these characters until I saw this film. I was really pleased with the way they handle the nostalgia for us original fans, and I think that this movie makes an excellent entry point for a new generation of Ghostbusters fans.
Speaking of the new generation, let’s talk about the new stars in the film. These kids are all quite relatable not only as characters but the actors themselves were all extremely likeable. McKenna Grace is very good in this film, she is one to watch for sure. Finn Wolfhard and Paul Rudd pretty much just show up and do what they do in every film they are in, and that’s no complaint. Worked for Bill Murray, right?
So sure, I could sit here and nitpick about some of the film’s flaws, but in my eyes the flaws are minimal and forgivable. Don’t let the professional critics fool you-listen to us.
D: It may not be the laugh a minute movie that some would expect, but the humor in the film works just fine. This movie has a lot of heart, and true affection for both it’s characters and the original material. Go in with an open mind and I think you’ll find it quite enjoyable.
T: Also, I loved that there were some Marvel-esque cut-scenes! I just got the cutscene vibes from this movie (probably because a lot of it felt like a Marvel movie), and I was super excited when there were two cutscenes during the credits! My cutscene instincts never fail me.
D: Yes, those were fun! I’m not sure if they were parodying Marvel or if they just wanted to put more stuff in, but it works either way. It’s definitely worth sticking around for the extra scenes. There are some good cameos too.
Also, not gonna lie, I did tear up a little. Which is what you want from a comedy.
Go see this one in the theaters, we think you’ll really enjoy it on the big screen. It will work if you stream it or watch the blu-ray when it becomes available (I’ll be adding it to my collection, no doubt) but this is a good one for the theaters.
Bottom line: If there is an alternate universe where Steven Spielberg made a Ghostbusters movie during his heyday, this would be that film.
Okay, that’s it for this one. Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone (maybe go to the movies over the holiday weekend?) and join me next week for more MonDAVEs.