Feel-good movies are movies which present people and life in a way that makes the audience feel happy and optimistic. In this edition of Trends of Terror, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews 62 feel-good movies sorted from best to worst. How many have you seen?
A spooky come-back!
All the main characters return for an excellent sequel that tries to match the original formula and mostly succeeds. It also suggests new effects in the rendition of ghosts, but it’s not the wisest of decisions. The old ghosts are there, too, but we spend more time on slime, now, and its creepy behaviors. The novelty is interesting but we’re spending too much time at the wrong place.
The film is more mature in tone, now, with more dialogue, psychological struggle, and a baby in jeopardy. The stakes are raised and the film is incidentally more serious. We still get majestic key scenes that are well shot and composited to deliver a friendly polish. The acting is up to par. The characters have evolved but they are still offering a competent comedic and warm performance.
We've been accustomed to supernatural problems escalating and growing out of proportions by the third act, and we get this here too. Although things are a little underdone, disregarding the heavy procedural and pet peeves aside, Ghostbusters 2 is a perfectly suitable sequel to an unbeatable classic that does a lot right and is accessible to the whole family, something rare in horror movie land.