Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) Movie Review ‘Brilliant Nostalgia Movie’

Ghostbusters: Afterlife – Brilliant Nostalgia Movie

 

Director: Jason Reitman

Writer: Gil Kenan, Jason Reitman, Dan Aykroyd (Screenplay)

Starring: Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Carrie Coon, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Paul Rudd

Plot: When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.


Tagline – If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, then you know who to call.

Runtime: 2 Hours 4 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Ghostbusters: Afterlife starts when Callie (Coon) and her children Phoebe (Grace) and Trevor (Wolfhard) are forced to leave New York to move to the remote farmhouse owned by Callie’s estranged father and former ghostbuster Egon Spengler.

As Trevor tries to fit in with the everyday teenagers his own age, Callie finds herself meeting Phoebe’s summer schoolteacher Mr Grooberson (Rudd), but Phoebe starts investigating what happened to Spengler, learning about her grandfather, and needing to work with her new friends to stop an apocalypse.

Thoughts on Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Characters & Performances – Phoebe is the social awkward youngest daughter to Callie, she finds the new home filled with science she wants to explore, learn and discover, finally finding a place where she feels comfortable in life. She is the heart and soul for of the film, the one that will look most comfortable in this new world. Mckenna Grace is brilliant in this role, looking the role of the uncomfortable young girl, while being brave enough to stand up and make the difference. Trevor is the older teenage brother that hates the idea of moving to a small town, but does what he can to meet other teenagers with his hapless pick up lines. Trevor does fall into the typical older sibling that reluctantly helps the younger one on their mission, getting more of the lines that make sense to comic relief of what is happening. Finn Wolfhard plays this role well through the film, staying on the right side of the line, with the character having the potential to become annoying. Callie is the single mother that has been struggling to make ends meet, always having resentment towards her father for abandoning her, she also struggles to connect with Phoebe, not being the biggest support of scientist. Carrie Coon does give us a character that is easy to connect to, as we see how her life changed because of her father’s decision. Podcast and Lucky complete the younger members of the cast, Podcast being brilliant to watch with every line not feeling like it should happen, but makes it work for someone who is equally as much of an outsider as Phoebe. Lucky on the other hand is a waitress that Trevor falls for, being one of the only other younger members of the town, he gets to meet. Mr Grooberson is the summer schoolteacher that just puts on horror movies for the kids to watch while he studies seismic activity in the area. He learns about Callie’s past, wanting to help them learn about what is happening, only to find himself needing to deal with ghostly figures in life. Paul Rudd works as the supporting comic relief, much like how Chris Hemsworth did in the 2016, they bring the laughs, while everyone else is doing the bigger picture. When it comes to the returning cast, they will get their moments without needing to become a major part of what is happening with the youngest.

StoryThe story here follows the daughter and grandchildren of one of the famed ghostbusters who inherit his home after his death, despite not knowing anything about him, where they find themselves needing to continue his work and stop a potential apocalypse. This is a story that looks to bring a new version of the popular 80s movie, one that will continue on the lives of the previous characters through the eyes of the younger family members, needing to take on the same threat. The story will give us a family that will need to discover more about their past to understand their future, need to face emotional boundaries they have built up and learn how to become ghostbusters. Sure, the last part feels different from the rest, but this is about discovery and finding your own path, no matter how different you might be seen as. We will get to see the original reason to why the group split up, but it is only a small part of the bigger story going on here.

ThemesGhostbusters: Afterlife is a comedy fantasy that will take us back to the world of the original Ghostbusters, where we see what has happened to fellow family members after all these years. The comedy does come from a different direction that the first, which does work for the playing into the awkwardness of the children in the new town, but nothing from the ghost connection. The fantasy side of the film might well be the same as the original, just new location, it will show us just who is ready to step up. The change of location does help the movie step out to itself, showing us the problems could become bigger in the grander scheme of things. The film also brings back many of the original famous parts, which will make us want to return to see more in the future, how they could evolve things.

Final Thoughts Ghostbusters: Afterlife is a brilliant use of nostalgia, while offering a farewell to a popular cast member.

Killing Field – Release News

Signature Entertainment presents Killing Field on Digital Platforms 17th January and DVD 24th January

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Drugs. Money. Greed. Death. When a drug bust goes horribly wrong, David (Bruce Willis – Die Hard) , a decorated cop, finds himself at the mercy of a drug cartel. As the violent gang seeks refuge on farmland they soon discover one man (Chad Michael Murray – Riverdale) with a deadly aim who stands between them and freedom. Welcome to the KILLING FIELD. Written by Ross Peacock and directed by James Cullen Bressack.

Lapwing (2021) Movie Review ‘Brutal & Raw’

Lapwing – Raw & Hard Hitting

 

Director: Philip Stevens

Writer: Laura Turner (Screenplay)

Starring: Emmett J Scanlan, Sebastian De Souza, Hannah Douglas, Javed Khan, Sarah Whitehouse, Lewis Gemmill

Plot: England 1555. An isolated group of salt farmers arrange illegal passage to Europe for an Indian Gypsy family in hiding. But a love affair between Patience, a mute English girl, and Rumi, the son of the Egyptians, threatens to destroy both communities.

Runtime: 1 Hour 27 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Lapwing starts as we meet the isolated group of salt farmers, run by David (Scanlan) who rules with an iron fist, where he has Lizzie (Whitehouse) as his woman and her young mute sister Patience (Douglas) being the object of his desires.

The group look to help illegal families passage to Europe, with the latest Egyptian family looking for a path. When Patience falls for the youngest member of the Egyptian family Rumi (De Souza), she brings out a new fury in David

Thoughts on Lapwing

Characters & Performances – Patience is the mute young woman who is often seen as the outsider of the group with her sister in, she is often finding herself feeling isolated until a stranger arrives in town. She sees someone new and around her age here, which will see her go against the leader of the group, who will put her through a brutal version of his own lessons, where she will learn to become stronger in this dark world. Hannah Douglas is brilliant in this leading role, her character goes through so much, where Hannah will make us feel the raw emotion she is going through. David is the leader of the group, he won’t let anyone go against him and runs a shady illegal operation to help people travel to Europe, showing this man will do anything to feel important in this world. Emmett J Scanlan gives us one of the worst humans we will see in film this year, his performance will make us hate him in everything scene. Lizzie is the sister that has been through the abuse that he has put her through. Rumi is the young man that Patience falls in love with, even if he is from a different world, outside anything she would ever be allowed to get involved in.

StoryThe story here follows a young woman in 1555 living in a strict community that helps people illegal cross the sea to Europe who falls for one of the immigrants, putting her place in her own community in the air. This is a truly hard hitting movie that will show the bleak world women would have found themselves living in the 15 hundreds, the male leader will make it clear he is the only person who can decide what is happening to the people with the community. The idea of a forbidden love driving the bigger wedge between the community, shows the hardship being put through, while how David forces people to do what he wants, will make for an uncomfortable viewing.

ThemesLapwing will use the open environment to show the world that the community will be around trying to survive, lurking near the ocean, making it possible to do the illegal operation. The drama of the history people would have been through, comes clear with the costume design and materials being used in the community.

Final ThoughtsLapwing is a raw & brutal movie that isn’t a comfortable watch, but performed stunningly.

ABC Film Challenge – Adventure – R – The Missing (2003) Movie Review

This is under R because of director Ron Howard.

Director: Ron Howard

Writer: Ken Kaufman (Screenplay) Thomas Eidson (Novel)

Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood, Jenna Boyd, Aaron Eckhart, Val Kilmer, Sergio Calderon, Eric Schweig

Plot: In 1885 New Mexico, a frontier medicine woman forms an uneasy alliance with her estranged father when her daughter is kidnapped by an Apache brujo.


Tagline – How far would you go, how much would you sacrifice to get back what you have lost?

Runtime: 2 Hours 17 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Missing starts when a frontier medicine woman Magdalena (Blanchett) must look to put aside her distant relationship between her and her apache father Samuel (Jones) to go in search for her daughter Lilly (Wood) who has been abducted by a rogue group of Apache Brujos.

As the pair head out on the search for the group who took Lilly, they are joined by Dot (Boyd) the younger daughter, as the three learn about the open country and see just how Samuel has survived this world, with this much danger in.

Thoughts on The Missing

ThoughtsThe Missing brings us a western that isn’t the cowboy needing to become the hero, instead focusing on a woman needing to fight back against a rogue group of native Americans to try and save her daughter who is to be sold. This is the journey needed to show the resolve in just wanting to survive and making sure the distant family could come back together after being apart for so long. The film does look beautiful with the scenery being used to show the open frontier era of the film. Tommy Lee Jones and Cate Blanchett in the leading roles are both excellent, as are the supporting cast through the film. This is a great and highly entertaining western adventure that showed the continuing struggle between the two sides, who fought of resources, instead of learning to work together.

Final Thoughts The Missing is an entertaining look at the bleakness of the frontier era in America, with excellent performances, but can get held back by the long runtime.