Review: Grace and Rudd make “Ghostbusters” sequel interesting


Logan Kim, Mckenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard in Ghostbusters: Afterlife / Columbia Pictures

If bustin ‘makes you feel good like the old Ray Parker Jr. theme song says on “Ghostbusters”, “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” can be your jam.

However, if you don’t like the original movie or are looking for something a little different with this franchise which was a major hit in the 1980s but has been relegated to golden oldie status these days, your mileage may vary with Jason Reitman’s tribute to his father Ivan’s smash hit.

Young Reitman creates a solid family film between all the nostalgia for the original series, but unfortunately for me, those callbacks hamper an otherwise solid story about love, family, and legacy.

How much you enjoy this movie will likely depend on how much you enjoy this nostalgia or not.

What’s great about the movie is McKenna Grace, who plays Phoebe Spengler, the nerdy but endearing granddaughter of original Ghostbuster Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), and Paul Rudd, who plays Phoebe’s new teacher Gary Grooberson, an amateur parapsychologist and a fan of the original Ghostbusters. Their performances carry the film and are truly a joy among a lot of nostalgic clutter.

Both light up their scenes with their charm, intelligence, and humor that make this journey into nostalgia interesting if a bit over the top. Grace actually has some pretty hilarious “daddy” jokes in the movie.

Logan Kim also provides some fun times as Phoebe’s classmate and sidekick, Podcast.

Paul Rudd in Ghostbusters: Afterlife / Columbia Pictures

The rest of the cast gave fairly pedestrian performances with Carrie Coon as Callie, Egon’s estranged daughter, and Finn Wolfhard (“Stranger Things”) as her son and Phoeb’s brother, Trevor. The family moved to the Egon estate after their home was foreclosed.

Ghostly events begin to occur, which leads Phoebe to finally find out who her grandfather was and what she, her family, and friends must do to prevent another foray from the demon Gozer, featured in the original film. Gozer is a cult worship center located in their new hometown of Summerville, Okla.

Original Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson make appearances along with Sigourney Weaver. Old scenes of Ramis, who died in 2014, are used in the film as well as his likeness. The film has mid- and post-credit scenes.

The pace of the movie may be a bit slow for some, but overall I had a great time meeting the new characters and revisiting the lore from Ghostbusters past. “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” is by no means a must-see movie, but overall it’s a fun time at the movies.

(PG-13) 2 hrs. 4 minutes
Category B-

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Classic Corner – Niagara (7 p.m. Saturday)

Marilyn Monroe in Niagara / Twentieth Century Fox

“Niagara” is a film noir villain, directed by Henry Hathaway, starring Marilyn Monroe as she became a star in 1953.

Monroe would soon reach the heights of Hollywood stardom in romantic comedies like “Men Prefer Blondes” and “How to Marry a Millionaire”, but as enjoyable as these antics are, she is even more convincing in this thriller as a woman. fatal Rose Loomis.

The film, set in a resort town near Niagara Falls, chronicles how her jealous husband George (Joseph Cotton) turns the tide against Rose and her lover Patrick (Richard Allan), who plan to kill him.

Twists abound in the film with a plot that is somewhat reminiscent of the points of the 1959 classic “Anatomy of a Murder”, which just turned upside down. The film, shot in Technicolor. is as vulgar as the best blacks, but the photography is magnificent.
Monroe and Cotton are a combustible pair, walking on this edge of love and hate, anguish and desire.

We look at their story through the perspective of Ray (Max Showalter) and Polly Cutler (Jean Peters), a delayed honeymoon couple who find themselves embroiled in this sordid affair when they find out that Rose and George are staying in the honeymoon hut intended for them. . They not only have to accept lesser accommodations, but they are also drawn into the evil web that Rose and her lover spin.

The film sizzles with passion, and the “it” quality of Monroe that made her an icon is fully on display. The film airs at 7 p.m. Saturday on Turner Classic Movies.

Christmas in Connecticut (9 p.m. Wednesday)

Barbara Stanwyck, Sydney Greenstreet, Dennis Morgan, Una O’Connor and SZ Sakall at Christmas in Connecticut / Warner Bros.

“Christmas in Connecticut” along with several other “crazy” comedies from the mid-1930s to the mid-1950s set the pattern for all of the Christmas-themed Hallmark and Lifetime romances which now run 24/7. 7 from the end of October to New Year’s Day.

Many new films borrow and combine aspects, plot points, situations and characters from classic films from the golden age of cinema to produce their holiday plush.

Directed by Peter Godfrey, “Christmas in Connecticut” is a riot that features the impeccable Barbara. Stanwyck as a columnist for “Smart Housekeeping” magazine during WWII, but she is a fraudster.

Instead of being a happy housewife in the country, who might put Martha Stewart to shame, she’s actually a single town girl, who not only pokes fun at her audience but also her editor, pretending to have a husband, a child, and firm.

When said editor Alexander Yardley (Sydney Greenstreet) proposes or rather demands that she entertain him and war hero Jefferson Jones (Dennis Morgan) on his farm for an old-fashioned Christmas, Stanwyck must rely on his intelligence and his friends. to get her out of the impossible situation.

Stanwyck and Morgan have great onscreen chemistry while Greenstreet and fellow actor SZ “Cuddles” Sakall always do better in every movie they’re in.

The movie airs at 9 p.m. Wednesday on Turner Classic Movies in preparation for Thanksgiving Eve into the Christmas season.