Ghostbusters: Afterlife (PG)
Starring Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, McKenna Grace
Directed by Jason Reitman
Jason Reitman, who is better known for personal dramas (Juno, Up in The Air), dips his toes into blockbuster water with this belated (second) sequel — with zilch to do with Paul Feig’s 2016 all-female reboot — to his father Ivan’s 1984 classic Ghostbusters, with depressingly lukewarm results. The story follows single mum Carrie Coon and her kids Finn Wolfhard and McKenna Grace as they uproot to a remote burg where her estranged father and OG Ghostbuster Egon Spengler (the late Harold Ramis) has left them a big-ass spooky house — and a mystery to solve. Knowledge of the first movie is integral because Afterlife is awash with nostalgia and fan service. The bad news is, it’s too busy being self-referential (and reverential) that it has no self to refer to. The supernatural thrills and small-town ennui mash-up fails to generate excitement; the always-reliable Paul Rudd, aka The Sexiest Man Alive, adds much-needed spark as potential suitor/comic relief but is eventually benched in the final showdown — when the surviving OG spectral fumigators (Bill Murray! Dan Aykroyd! Ernie Hudson!) turn up to save the day (great timing!). Alas, as a fan of the property, I can’t help but wonder if my time is better spent just re-watching the original movie. (2.5/5 stars)
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