THEATRICAL REVIEW: Ghostbusters sequel provides nostalgia fans deserve

It’s not a stretch to say the release of the 2016 all-female Ghostbusters remake was, well, a disaster.

I’d first like to point out that the vitriol and sexist/racist comments hurled toward the incredible performers was absolutely terrible. Ghostbusters redux was, honestly, a funny film. Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones were wonderful.

But a friend recently remarked to me – and I wholeheartedly agree – that the nostalgia factor and love for the original was missing from Paul Feig’s film. Any fears we’d get the same treatment from Ghostbusters: Afterlife were immediately alleviated.

Director Jason Reitman is the son of original director Ivan, and not only that, but Ivan Reitman and original star Dan Aykroyd produce. This is a Ghostbusters family affair start-to-finish, while still managing to be fresh and revitalize the original concepts.

Sporting some endlessly impressive cameos and wonderful, adorable starring turns from Paul Rudd and Carrie Coon, our patience as fans is rewarded in spades. Not only that, but young stars Finn Wolfhard, Logan Kim, Mckenna Grace and Celeste O’Connor represent young, diverse and wonderful voices.

The younger stars honestly carry most of the movie, and make it look easy. They are, far and above, the best performers in the picture.

This story of a single mom who moves to a small town with her children, only to realize their connection to the original Ghostbusters, is spun so well I found myself entirely invested in where it went from moment-to-moment.

With plenty of gut-busting moments and some out-of-this-world special effects, Ghostbusters: Afterlife is a must-see for franchise devotees. Just don’t make my mistake: Bring a box of tissues with you. You’ll need it.

4/5 Stars

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