The Ghostbusters are back! Six years after defeating Gozer, the team reassembles when a river of slime is discovered beneath the streets of New York that threatens to use the town's negative energy to restore life to an ancient Carpathian ruler and bring on the end of the world. GHOSTBUSTERS 2 is a solid sequel that retains the same smart humor and feel of the original film, though this second film is much darker in tone while offering a very positive social message. The entire cast returns to thwart this new supernatural threat, bringing back SNL mainstays Dan Akroyd and Bill Murray along with supporting characters played by Annie Potts and Rick Moranis to create a strong continuity following the first film. While the special FX work is still top notch, there have not been many noticeable advancements since the original. That does not stop Reitman and company from filling another hour and a half with various ghouls and goblins as well as a living Statue of Liberty that rallies New York's positive energy in order to break evil's hold on the city. While the script is very light-hearted, some of the imagery is intensely somber and frightening, particularly the sinister living painting of Vigo and the flying nanny with glowing red-eyes that will forever haunt my nightmares. GHOSTBUSTERS 2 is a worthy successor to the original film, and while the pacing may be a little slower and the structure may mirror the first installment, that does not take away from its overall enjoyment.
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