Ghostbusters is one of the most popular series in the film and television industry. From the first version released in the mid-eighties, until the last one in 2016, this franchise has managed to maintain a significant number of loyal fans.
Now the fans are waiting for a new installment. This is Ghostbusters: Afterlife that should be released on November 19 in the United States.
Some lucky people have already been able to preview the film and several specialized sites have published their first reviews.
Overall, critical feedback has been positive, especially for the cast led by Carrie Con, McKenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, and Paul Rudd.
“The cast works very well on an iconic level and they play more complex characters than those in the first film, you can tell that the director has a need to create good characters,” says Sherin Linden of The Hollywood Reporter.
A similar opinion is held by Variety’s Peter Debruge who, while he thinks the film is unnecessary, points out:
“I think it is unnecessary but quite enjoyable. Paul Rudd is very well and wins the audience with laughter. It has a spirit very close to that of Spielberg in the 80’s. In the end, it’s as if the Goonies were Ghostbusters »
Many of the criticisms pointed to the large number of references that appear in the film and that recall the versions of the eighties.
«Reitman ends up giving himself up to fan service and nostalgia, especially in that last act, where because of that part of the charm is lost. It culminates in all too familiar patterns and also gets quite long, ”writes Christian Holub of Entertainment Weekly.
Germain Lussier, from io9, says that the new installment is “obsessed with its past.”
“It is very close to being the perfect sequel, but it becomes so obsessed with its past, rather than the future, that it ends up losing a lot of power,” says the critic.