Phil's Quick Capsule Review

Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Ghostbusters is very much a hallowed film of 80’s cinema. Rightly so – years later it’s still a brilliant film.  And whilst Ghostbusters 2 was a bit more divisive (it wasn’t obviously – it was and still is an excellent sequel) the less aid about the 2016 reboot the better.  So the here we are then – the first official Ghostbusters sequel since 1989, arriving with a heap of expectation and hope.  Was it worth the wait? Well actually (and surprisingly) yes. Ghostbusters: Afterlife manages to mix a healthy dose of reverence and nostalgia with a smart story, compelling characters and some expected (and maybe unexpected) cameos. Jason Reitman (son of Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman) does a great job of balancing some tricky issues (not least a key player being no longer with us) and, whilst the story may look back a little too much for some peoples liking, I kinda liked the way it tied in to the original (and still superior) movie.  Perfect then?  Nope but as a dose of nostalgic fun in a time where we all wish for brighter days Ghostbusters: Afterlife made me laugh, it made me smile and it gave me a tear in my eye.  What more could you want? 

Best Bit: Stay puff

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters 2, Stranger Things (TV)

8 out of 10 stars


Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil's Quick Capsule Review...