Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Summary

Ghostbusters: Afterlife[a] is a 2021 American supernatural comedy film directed by Jason Reitman, who co-wrote the screenplay with Gil Kenan. It stars Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, and Paul Rudd, and features Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, and Sigourney Weaver reprising their characters from the earlier films. It is the sequel to Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989), and the fourth film in the Ghostbusters franchise. Set thirty-two years after the events of Ghostbusters II, it follows a single mother and her children who move to an Oklahoma farm they inherited from her estranged father Egon Spengler, a member of the original Ghostbusters.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Lightning cracks from dark green clouds. People get out of a battered 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Sentinel below and look on.
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJason Reitman
Written by
Based onGhostbusters
by Dan Aykroyd
Harold Ramis
Produced byIvan Reitman
Starring
CinematographyEric Steelberg
Edited by
Music byRob Simonsen
Production
companies
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release dates
  • August 23, 2021 (2021-08-23) (CinemaCon)
  • November 19, 2021 (2021-11-19) (United States)
Running time
124 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$75 million[2]
Box office$204.4 million[3][4]

A third Ghostbusters film was in development since the release of Ghostbusters II, but production stalled because Murray refused to return to the series. After cast member Harold Ramis died on February 24, 2014, Sony produced a female-driven reboot which was released in 2016, but after it drew controversy and underperformed commercially,[5] Jason Reitman developed a sequel to the original films. The new cast was announced by July 2019 and the original cast signed on two months later. Filming took place from July to October 2019. The film is dedicated to Ramis and executive producer Tom Pollock (who died shortly after its completion),[6] and the former is commemorated before its closing credits. This was the final film to be produced by and involve the franchise's co-creator Ivan Reitman before his death in February 2022.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife was screened unannounced on August 23, 2021, during the 2021 CinemaCon event in Las Vegas. It was released in the United States on November 19, 2021, after being delayed four times from an original July 2020 date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film received mixed reviews from critics, with the cast's performances, Reitman's direction, the respectful tribute to Ramis, and its nostalgic tone being praised, but its screenplay and excessive fan service being criticized. It has grossed $204 million worldwide against a production budget of $75 million. A sequel is set to be released on December 20, 2023.

PlotEdit

In June 2021, Egon Spengler captures an entity in occultist Ivo Shandor's mine in Summerville, Oklahoma, and lures another creature to his farm. Egon activates an elaborate setup on his property, but the power fails, and he conceals the ghost trap in his home before being attacked by the creature and suffering a fatal heart attack.

His estranged, financially struggling daughter Callie inherits the farm, and moves there with her children Trevor and Phoebe after being evicted from their Chicago apartment. Trevor becomes infatuated with carhop Lucky Domingo, and the scientifically-minded Phoebe enrolls in a summer science class taught by seismologist Gary Grooberson.

Phoebe discovers the farmhouse is haunted and the poltergeist residing in it leads her to the ghost trap, which she shows to Gary and her new friend Podcast. Gary, a fan of the Ghostbusters, helps Phoebe learn more about them and her grandfather. He, Phoebe, and Podcast tamper with the trap, releasing one of Gozer the Gozerian's Sentinels that escapes to the mine. The farm ghost leads Phoebe to Egon's underground laboratory and, after revealing himself as her grandfather, guides her in restoring the Ghostbusters' equipment.

While testing the proton pack with Podcast, she finds a ghost they call "Muncher" that haunts Shandor's foundry and flees to the town. Having repaired the Ghostbusters' Cadillac Ecto-1's engine, Trevor uses the car to chase Muncher with the pair; they capture it, but are arrested for the damage incurred, and their equipment is seized.

Using the Ghostbusters' telephone number that she had written down, Phoebe contacts Ray Stantz for help and tells him Egon has died. Ray in turn informs Phoebe of what became of the Ghostbusters after they defeated Vigo the Carpathian[b]: he reveals that after the Ghostbusters had disbanded, Egon stole their equipment and moved to Summerville to pursue an unspecified threat. Egon's ghost leads Callie to a wall of detailed notes and pictures he kept of his daughter's life, showing he cared about her more than she thought.

Phoebe, Podcast, Lucky, and Trevor find a Gozerian temple within the mine. Exploring further, they discover Shandor is alive in his casket, and automated proton cannons, installed by Egon, hinder Gozer's attempts to cross over. Zuul and Vinz Clortho possess Callie and Gary, respectively, and destroy Egon's equipment, allowing Gozer to escape. Shandor awakens and pledges his fealty to Gozer, but is killed nevertheless.

The children discover Egon's setup is an array of ghost traps buried around the dirt field. With supernatural chaos distracting the town, they recover the seized equipment and travel to the mine. Phoebe distracts Gozer so Podcast can capture Zuul, freeing Callie and weakening Gozer's physical form. They lure Gozer to the trap field, but it malfunctions and Gozer frees Zuul, who possesses Lucky and fully restores Gozer's power.

Ray and the other surviving original Ghostbusters, Peter Venkman and Winston Zeddemore, arrive to help, and Gozer, after having already killed Egon, seeks to complete its revenge against the quartet for vanquishing it.[c] Supported by Egon's now-visible ghost, Phoebe battles Gozer with her proton pack. The Ghostbusters help Phoebe restrain Gozer by crossing their proton streams while Trevor uses his to charge the traps' power source, allowing Callie to activate the ghost traps and capture Gozer and its minions. Egon reconciles with his family and friends before departing for the hereafter.

Later, Peter is revealed to be married to Dana Barrett. Winston, having become a wealthy entrepreneur and family man since leaving the Ghostbusters, returns Ecto-1 to the Ghostbusters' firehouse. In the basement, a light on the ecto-containment unit flashes red.

CastEdit

 
 
 
 
Left to right: Carrie Coon (pictured in 2013), Paul Rudd (2018), Finn Wolfhard, and Mckenna Grace (both 2017)

The film's cast also includes Bokeem Woodbine as sheriff Sherman Domingo, Lucky's father; Marlon Kazadi as Thickneck;[10] Sydney Mae Diaz as Swayze; and Aykroyd's youngest daughter Stella as Deputy Medjuck, a nod to Joe Medjuck, who was an associate producer on Ghostbusters (1984), an executive producer on the subsequent movies, and a co-founder of production company Ghost Corps. Harold Ramis posthumously appears as Egon Spengler in archival clips and photographs taken from Ghostbusters (1984).[17] Bob Gunton (credited as "The Ghost Farmer") and Ivan Reitman also portray living and ghostly versions of Egon, respectively, using prosthetics and digital makeup.[18][19][6] J. K. Simmons plays Ivo Shandor, the leader of a Gozer-worshiping cult responsible for the Sumerian god Gozer's arrival in Ghostbusters. Simmons took the role as a token of friendship with the Reitmans, with whom he frequently collaborates in films like Jason's 2007 film Juno and the 2017 film Father Figures, co-produced by Ivan. Olivia Wilde,[18] who portrayed Mesopotamian deity Inanna in Ramis's final film Year One, physically portrays Gozer, Shohreh Aghdashloo provides Gozer's voice, and Emma Portner plays Gozer's CGI spirit form. Josh Gad was one of many actors who contributed to the voice of Muncher, a metal-eating miner ghost conjured after a séance went wrong at Summerville Foundry in the 1940s.[20][6] Ira Heiden, a friend of Jason Reitman's, along with Sarah Natochenny and Shelby Young, were three of the voice actors who voiced the Mini-Pufts, tiny iterations of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.[21][22]

ProductionEdit

Development as Ghostbusters IIIEdit

In the early 1990s, following the release of Ghostbusters II, Dan Aykroyd wrote a script for a third film tentatively titled Ghostbusters III: Hellbent.[23] In the script, the Ghostbusters are transported to a parallel-universe version of Manhattan called Manhellton, where the people and places are "hellish" versions of Earth, and the characters meet and confront the Devil.[24][25] At the time, Aykroyd stated that Columbia Pictures was interested, though the principal actors, especially Bill Murray, were not. The Hellbent script's main characters are a new, younger group of Ghostbusters; Ray, Egon, and Winston struggle to keep the business going after Peter's relationship with Dana becomes serious.[25] Elements of this story were used in Ghostbusters: The Video Game (2009), which Aykroyd considered to be "essentially the third movie".[26] At various stages of its development, Chris Farley, Chris Rock, and Ben Stiller were reported as potential stars of a new Ghostbusters film.[27]

By 2004, Columbia had begun pursuing a sequel but Murray, who disliked sequels, was uninterested in the project.[28] The following year, Harold Ramis confirmed plans to introduce Stiller into the principal cast.[24][29] By 2009, the project had failed to progress,[23] however by January 2010, Ivan Reitman, director of the first two Ghostbusters films, confirmed he would direct a third one.[30][31] In March 2010, Murray discussed development of the film and his mixed feelings about reprising his role.[32][33] A release was scheduled for Christmas 2012.[34] In the October 2010 issue of Vanity Fair, Aykroyd commented on the screenplay written by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, stating he was particularly impressed with the writing of Murray's character and the implementation of the new team with the original while he and Ramis worked on a second draft of the script.[35]

By August 2011, Aykroyd stated filming was scheduled to begin later that year with a story focused on passing the Ghostbusters mantle to the younger actors.[36][37] When Murray decided against reprising his role, Aykroyd said another actor might replace him.[38] Aykroyd also said he wanted retired actor Rick Moranis to return as Louis Tully.[39] By February 2012, the film was placed on hold as the production team re-evaluated the project. Without Murray, the studio searched for replacement actors and considered including his character as a CGI-rendered ghost.[40] In June, Murray again acknowledged all involved were attempting to develop the third film before dropping out of the film the following month.[41][42][43] In July, Aykroyd confirmed the film was back in development with a script re-write from Etan Cohen.[44] Aykroyd said of the script; "It's got to be perfect. That's the whole thing. There's no point in doing it unless it's perfect. So that's what we're up to now."[44] By September 2012, Reitman announced the developments of a remake.[45] In May 2013, Aykroyd discussed plot points including real experiments being done by college students at Columbia University as a source of inspiration. The plot would revolve around research being done by the university, which would bring about threats from other dimensions. A new team of Ghostbusters would form to save Earth's plane of existence from supernatural threats.[46] The script reportedly included Murray's character with hopes Murray would decide to join the production.[47]

Following the death of Harold Ramis on February 24, 2014,[48] Sony/Columbia stated that Ramis would appear in a cameo in the film. The film was delayed again to rework the script.[49] By March 2015, it was confirmed that Reitman would not direct the third film, but would remain as producer, with plans to begin principal photography by early 2015.[50] Weaver revealed that her character's son would feature as a member of the team.[51]

Development as Ghostbusters: AfterlifeEdit

A new film connected to the original two films was revealed in January 2019. Ivan Reitman's son Jason was announced to direct from a script he co-wrote with Gil Kenan while Ivan would serve as a producer.[52] The Hollywood Reporter's Borys Kit revealed the film would feature teenagers—two males and two females—as the new recruits for the Ghostbusters team.[53]

Jason Reitman stated the film would ignore the events of 2016's Ghostbusters reboot, which was directed by Paul Feig. In February 2019, Reitman stated on a podcast this film will "hand the movie back to the fans".[54][citation needed] Reitman said he did not mean to snub the 2016 film and that he had "nothing but admiration" for Feig. Feig stated Reitman had been a supporter of his film and that he "can't wait to see his take on the Ghostbusters universe".[55] Reitman later said the idea of a teenage girl wanting to be a Ghostbuster had come to him, and with a positive reaction from Feig's film, proved the idea that anyone could be a Ghostbuster would work. Reitman also said the Ghostbusters franchise could readily expand on this idea with all types of people becoming Ghostbusters, personally thanking Feig for making this possible.[56] Reitman considered, unlike the three prior Ghostbusters films—all of which involve people going into the ghostbusting business—he wanted to make this film about family first. With Kenan, Reitman created a script based around the Spengler family and the reason they are so disconnected.[57] According to Dan Aykroyd: "Jason Reitman wrote a beautiful, heartfelt script that takes the real DNA from the first two movies and transfers that directly to the third, the next generation. It hands the legacy off to a new generation of stars, and players, and actors, and characters."[58] Murray, who was also confirmed to be reprising Peter Venkman, said: "The script is good. It's got lots of emotion in it. It's got lots of family in it, with through lines that are really interesting."[59] Ramis's daughter Violet (whom Reitman befriended during the filming of the first film), gave her blessing after reading an early version of the screenplay, deemed the story "capture the spirit of what the old movies are." She occasionally visited the sets and even tried on her late father's proton pack prop from the first film under insistences from propmaster Guillaume DeLouche and Reitman while prop makers from The Hand Prop Room in Los Angeles were building lighter replicas of it for Mckenna Grace to wear.[6]

With a script centered around family, Reitman felt it was appropriate to change the setting from New York City to the American West to give the film a new identity and a different color palette. The script was structured to slowly reveal the connection to the Egon Spengler character, which would bring in elements of earlier Ghostbusters films. For example, the film sees Aykroyd's character returned to running Ray's Occult Books, as seen in Ghostbusters II, but only the events of the original film are directly referenced.[57][60]

CastingEdit

The castings of Mckenna Grace as the young female protagonist, Finn Wolfhard as her brother, and Carrie Coon as their single mother were announced in March 2019.[7][11] Reitman described Grace as an avid fan of the series and a perfect fit for his concept of a teenage-female Ghostbuster.[56] Wolfhard, who had dressed as a Ghostbuster during the second season of Stranger Things, was unsure he would get the role, saying; "Jason Reitman is probably not even going to look at my tape" because of that.[61] On June 27, 2019, Paul Rudd shared a video on the official Ghostbusters social media accounts, revealing he had been cast in the film, later confirming his role was that of Mr. Grooberson, the children's new teacher who knows of the Ghostbusters' legacy.[12][62][8] Rudd himself had worked with Harold Ramis in an uncredited role for his final film Year One.

Newcomers Celeste O'Connor and Logan Kim were announced as cast in July 2019.[63] Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts were confirmed to be reprising their roles from the first two Ghostbusters films.[64][14][58][59] Rick Moranis, who also appeared in the first two Ghostbuters films, did not return to reprise his role in the film.[65]

DesignEdit

Reitman shot on location and relied on practical effects as much as possible to maintain stylistic continuity with the original films. The Spengler farmhouse was a practical set built on a ridge that recalled the Psycho house. An old barn was relocated and reconstructed piece-by-piece on location for the reveal of Ecto-1. Two Ectomobiles were used during filming. While the vehicles were vintage 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Sentinels, modern performance engines and suspension upgrades were required to complete the stunt sequences which were filmed on real city streets.[66]

Creature EffectsEdit

Reitman and the production crew reviewed the designs of the original film's ghosts and other supernatural creatures for use in Afterlife, observing the designs looked different from each other and were distinct.[57] The creature known as "Muncher", co-created by creature designer Brynn Metheney, is similar to Slimer; Reitman explained, "Something happened to Slimer over the years that people started thinking of him as the dalmatian of the firehouse. The original Slimer was an angry dude and very scary and we wanted to get back to that,"[57] and Metheney wanted to make Muncher whom "the audience can latch on to" easily, giving him a universal appeal of him being "funny and cool and cute and weird in every way" like Slimer yet completely new and different from his green predecessor. Though the film did not reveal Muncher's origin, Metheney's character personality references stated that the ghost in life was a miner "conjured into existence by a séance gone wrong in the 1940s" at Summerville Foundry's supervisor's office and he has haunted the plant ever since then, "after terrorizing the group that contacted him." Her most ambitious design was the Mini-Pufts; she wanted to give them a realistic look on scale and texture of authentic marshmallows than the colossal Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, even bought packages of them to make tiny marshmallow men for references. For the scenes of Summerville Crossrip, Metheney created the "flaming phantasms" that chase a firetruck and pedestrians outside the Spinners Roller Hop and included the animated series The Real Ghostbusters' popular three-eye ghost Bug-Eye in homage to the show. Other apparition concepts that did not make the final cut include a rancher ghost, Louise the crossing guard ghost of Summerville Middle School, possessed balloons and sandwiches, and more miner ghosts (Dynamite, Pick Axe, Lunchbox, Coats, and Shovel) after Muncher. Creature effects designer Arjen Tuiten, who is a fan of the first film's special effects artist Steve Johnson, personally created the "Old Miner Ghost" in resemblance to his idol's "Zombie Taxi Ghost" without Metheney's involvement.[6]

Egon's Aztec Death Whistle was designed by Landon Lott under Jason Reitman's instruction,[6] and despite the claim in the film that whistles like it are "designed to ward off evil spirits," their actual purpose remains unclear.[67]

Ramis's likeness was recreated with digital makeup created by Pier Lefebvre and his team at Moving Picture Company (MPC) Film in Los Angeles, based on his appearance in the original films.[18][19][6] Bob Gunton and Ivan Reitman physically performed the role. Special effects technicians and puppeteers, including Ronald Binion (suit puppeteer for Slimer in the 2016 Ghostbusters film), portrayed Egon's poltergeist by puppeteering objects and lights in his house and storm-cellar laboratory.[6]

FilmingEdit

Under the working title "Rust City", principal photography began on July 12, 2019, in and around Calgary, Alberta, and lasted until October. Location filming occurred in surrounding communities such as Crossfield, Beiseker,[68] and Drumheller during July and August 2019.[69] Other locations around Alberta were also used.[69][70][71] On October 18, 2019, Reitman posted an image on his Instagram account confirming filming had wrapped after 68 days.[72]

MusicEdit

The score for Ghostbusters: Afterlife was composed by Rob Simonsen, and conducted by William Ross and Anthony Parnther. Simonsen studied Elmer Bernstein's score for the first Ghostbusters film and recruited Bernstein's son Peter, who guided the orchestration of Simonsen's score and the use of material from Ghostbusters (1984), as a score consultant.[citation needed] Simonsen used the ondes martenot throughout the score, which was played by Cynthia Millar, who played the same instrument on Bernstein's 1984 Ghostbusters score. The soundtrack was released on Compact Disc on November 19, 2021.

The songs "Ghostbusters", which was performed by Ray Parker Jr.; and "Haunted House", which was written and performed by Mckenna Grace; are heard during the film's end credits.[73] The songs "The Clapping Song" by Shirley Ellis, "Baby It's You" by The Shirelles, "Can You Get to That" by Funkadelic, "Boredom" by Buzzcocks[74] "All Your Love (I Miss Loving)" by Otis Rush, "Muddy Water" by The Delmore Brothers, "Wait A Minute Girl" by The Newday, "Foolish Try" by Kelly's Lot, and "On the Road Again" by Willie Nelson are used in the film.

ReleaseEdit

TheatricalEdit

Ghostbusters: Afterlife was scheduled to be released in the United States on July 10, 2020, by Sony Pictures Releasing[75] but its release was postponed to March 5, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[76] On October 21, 2020, Sony pushed the film to June 11, 2021,[77] then later in January 2021 shifted the release to November 11, 2021.[78][79] In September 2021, the film's release was again postponed to November 19, 2021.[80]

The film was given a surprise screening on August 23, 2021, during the 2021 CinemaCon event in Las Vegas;[81] and another for fans at the 2021 New York Comic Con.[82]

MarketingEdit

On August 22, 2019, toy manufacturer and multimedia company Hasbro announced that they had obtained the master toy license for the Ghostbusters franchise, with the new products (including action figures and role-play items) set to be released in stores in April.[83] Because of the pandemic delays to the film's release date, the introduction of Ghostbusters: Afterlife toys to market was also delayed. Target received exclusive versions of some toys ahead of the projected June 2021 release date, but further rollouts were held back when the studio announced an additional delay until November 2021.[84] A new line of Hasbro action figures based on the film was unveiled on the same day the second trailer debuted. It included several characters and costumes that had not been seen in any promotional material for the film before.[85][86] In November 2021, Zaxby's promoted the film with a commercial featuring Ghostbusters: Afterlife's Mini-Pufts.[87]

Home mediaEdit

Following the film's theatrical screenings, it was released digitally on January 4, 2022 and on DVD, Blu-ray, and Ultra HD Blu-ray on February 1, 2022 in North America.[88][89][90]

After its digital release on PVOD services, the film acquired the top position on iTunes and Vudu, while being placed second on Google Play. Overall, it spent four weeks at the top position on iTunes and Vudu, while spending five weeks at the top rank on Google Play.[91][92][93] The film debuted at the second position on Redbox's digital chart.[94][95] It was the top-selling digital title on "Redbox On Demand" for four consecutive weeks.[96]

After debuting on disc, it acquired the top position on the "NPD VideoScan First Alert" chart which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray sales.[97] It sold 285,642 units overall for $5.3 million.[3] It maintained its position in the overall sales for the following week, while being displaced from the top position in the Blu-ray sales by Encanto.[98][99] It was also the most-rented film from Redbox kiosks for three consecutive weeks.[100][96] The film was the highest-selling title for the month of February according to the "NPD VideoScan First Alert" chart.[101]

ReceptionEdit

Box officeEdit

As of March 10, 2022, Ghostbusters: Afterlife has grossed $129.4 million in the United States and Canada, and $75 million in other territories, grossing $204.4 million worldwide and becoming the tenth-highest-grossing American film of 2021.[4][3] Scott Mendelson of Forbes described the film's theatrical run as "relatively successful" and said it was "made cheaply enough to be a hit."[102]

In the United States and Canada, Ghostbusters: Afterlife was released alongside King Richard,[2] and earned $16.6 million on its first day—including $4.5 million from Thursday night previews, $1 million more than the 2016 film. The film debuted to revenues of $44 million, topping the box office.[103] It made $5.3 million on Thanksgiving and $24.2 million in its second weekend, finishing second behind newcomer Encanto.[104][105]

In its third weekend, the film earned $10.35 million and exceeded $100 million in the U.S. and Canada.[106][107] In its fourth weekend, the film dropped to third place at the box office and earned $7.1 million.[108][109] It made $3.4 million in its fifth weekend, placing fourth,[110] and $1.2 million in its sixth, finishing eleventh.[111] The film returned to the box-office top ten in its seventh weekend, earning $1.5 million and finishing seventh.[112] In its eighth weekend, the film made $1.1 million and finished eighth.[113] The film returned to the box office top ten in its eleventh weekend, earning $776,451 and finishing eighth.[114]

Paul Dergarabedian of Comscore said Ghostbusters: Afterlife opened to a "really solid number" that showed the "brand is really powerful even some 37 years after the original became a cultural phenomenon." The Associated Press noted the "crucial difference" between this film and the 2016 reboot is that Ghostbusters: Afterlife "cost about half as much to make."[115] Variety described the film's opening weekend box office as "stronger-than-expected" and "an important victory for the studio after it failed in 2016 to revive the decades-old series."[116]

Critical responseEdit

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 63% of 301 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 6.2/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Ghostbusters: Afterlife crosses the streams between franchise revival and exercise in nostalgia -- and this time around, the bustin' mostly feels good."[117] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 45 out of 100 based on 47 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[118] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A−" on an A+ to F scale, while those at PostTrak gave it an 82% positive score, and 69% said they would definitely recommend it.[103]

Sheri Linden of The Hollywood Reporter described the film's cast as "engaging" and "[having] the comic beats down", and added: "they also play more fully fleshed people than the first film offered, reflecting the director's interest in character-driven stories". She also noted some similarities between the film and Stranger Things, The Wizard of Oz, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.[119] Olly Richards of Empire gave the film a score of four out of five, describing it as "thoroughly lovely" and saying it "firmly establishes its own new generation" while being "full of love for the originals".[120] Peter Debruge of Variety described the film as an "unnecessary but enjoyable movie", and added: "The good news for Ghostbusters fans is that Afterlife does nothing to tarnish what has come before".[121]

William Bibbiani of TheWrap, Ghostbusters: Afterlife will probably satisfy fans of Ghostbusters (1984)—particularly those who like finding Easter eggs—but might disappoint viewers who want it to offer something different; but these could still enjoy the film's "slick and straightforward, formulaic craftsmanship".[122] Scott Mendelson of Forbes gave the film a score of 6 out of 10, describing it as a "charming and witty kid-centric coming-of-age fantasy", but criticized its reliance on "pandering" nostalgic fanservice.[123] Kyle Smith of National Review described the film as "a winsome, endearing summer movie for November, a cunningly engineered generational bridge".[124] The Guardian critic Charles Bramesco gave it one out of five, finding it lacks the humor of Ghostbusters (1984) and instead resembles an "Amblin knockoff" that is similar to the television series Stranger Things. Bramensco concluded it is "a nostalgia object, drained of personality and fitted into a dully palatable mold, custom-made for a fandom that worships everything and respects nothing".[125]

AccoladesEdit

Award Date of Ceremony Category Recipients Result Ref.
Alliance of Women Film Journalists January 2022 Sequel or Remake That Shouldn't Have Been Made Ghostbusters: Afterlife Nominated [126]
Art Directors Guild Awards March 5, 2022 Excellence in Production Design for a Fantasy Film François Audouy Nominated [127]
British Academy Film Awards March 13, 2022 Best Special Visual Effects Aharon Bourland, Sheena Duggal, Pier Lefebvre and Alessandro Ongaro Nominated [128]
International Film Music Critics Association Awards February 17, 2022 Best Original Score for a Fantasy, Science Fiction or Horror Film Rob Simonsen Nominated [129]
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards December 13, 2021 Best Visual Effects Ghostbusters: Afterlife Nominated [130]
December 13, 2021 Youth in Film - Female Mckenna Grace Nominated [131]
Critics' Choice Super Awards March 17, 2022 Best Actress in a Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie Nominated [132]
Music City Film Critics Association Awards January 25, 2022 Best Young Actress Nominated [133]
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards January 10, 2022 Best Youth Performance Runner-up [134]
Sunset Circle Awards December 2, 2021 Best Family Film Ghostbusters: Afterlife Nominated [135]

SequelEdit

Aykroyd has expressed interest in having the surviving cast of the original Ghostbusters team reprise their roles in up to three sequels.[136] On the possibility of sequels, David A. Gross of Franchise Entertainment Research said the box-office results were "excellent" and would "encourage Sony to forge ahead with new installments".[116] In April 2022, a sequel was announced to be in early development.[137][138] In June 2022, it was announced that the sequel would take place in New York City. A separate animated film from Sony Pictures Animation was also announced to be in development, to be directed by Chris Prynoski and Jennifer Kluska, and written by Brenda Hsueh.[139] On June 28, 2022, The Hollywood Reporter announced that the film will be released on December 20, 2023.[140]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Titled onscreen during the main-on-end titles as Ghostbusters
  2. ^ As depicted in Ghostbusters II (1989).
  3. ^ As depicted in Ghostbusters (1984).

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External linksEdit

  • Official website
  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife at IMDb