I expected a nostalgia filled fest, like most recent reboots, which would have been bad. And while there was some nostalgia (wouldn't do without it) they kept it to a decent level, which was great. I feel they used every trick in the 80s movie book to create a worthy, yet formulaic sequel.
So you get the single mom moving in a country house trope, her trying to do well for her kids while completely ignoring their aspirations and experiences. You get the old gadgets still working after 40 years. You get the quirky but cool and kind dude who wants to bang your mom. You get the young kids who discover a world of wonder and have to navigate it to defeat evil while not involving adults in any way. You get young adolescent love and the quirky but cool and kind child friend. You get the old crew goodbyes passing the torch. You get the old film tune at the end of this film. You get a kid from Stranger Things, which by now feels like a permanent 80s trope even when it isn't.
Unfortunately, this is pretty much all you get. A mish-mash of 80s clichés that feel rushed, yet you don't mind because you are intimately familiar with them. It's like an old shoe that just fits. The only moment when I felt this was a modern film was when I had to skip to the both post credits scenes after the original Ghostbusters theme had ended and was followed by one of these new songs with angsty teen girls meowling something like its very profound. So I wish they would have worked harder at characterization and not relied on the old method of having every character be an cardboard archetype. And while I enjoyed the film, it was popcorn enjoyment, devoid of anything that felt profound or instructional.
Yet, while the film is not bringing anything that felt new, it was very necessary to wash the bad taste of the gender swapped 2016 film and bring the franchise back to where it was when that abomination did not exist. I hope the next installments will change things a little bit and bring Ghostbusters into the 21st century.