‘GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE’ FOLLOWS UP THE 1984 ADVENTURES

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Though this did make some noise during its release, this film is one I’m late to seeing. A kind of continuation of the original movies, Ghostbusters: Afterlife is perhaps what most of us wanted from the earlier 2016 attempt at reviving the story.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) Film Review

Hard times come knocking at the door of Callie Spengler (Carrie Coon). Fortunately for her, despite an eviction, and needing to keep two kids under a roof, Callie has one inherited property. Unfortunately for her, it’s her father’s who recently passed away; a father whom Callie has no affection for. Her son Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) likes to pretend he’s older than he is, which he does to try and impress the pretty girl he meets at the small-town restaurant where they move. Then there’s young Phoebe (McKenna Grace). She’s the one Callie cannot connect with, and Phoebe is the one who has the clever but unreachable science mind.

When the kids discover some unusual gadgets and things in their grandfather’s Oklahoma home, as well as his reputation of being the odd “dirt farmer,” they learn there may be more to him than the odd nicknames of his neighbors.

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Despite the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters being hyped and probably something many were excited for, it did kind of fail. At least that’s my memory of its performance. After a recent re-watch, I do understand why the film didn’t do well… and this I say without having seen the original version from the 1980s. While funny in some ways, the film just didn’t succeed where I get why this 2021 addition may have. Ghostbusters: Afterlife is a kind of extension of the 80s films and not only pays tribute to those, but also continues on the legacy of the story. They manage this in a fun, entertaining and also heartwarming way, all of which will hit the right audience with the nostalgia.

The cast is super fun here too. From McKenna Grace (whom I loved in the film Gifted) to Carrie Coon (recently from The Gilded Age), everyone is good and fun to know even if not all necessary to tell a good story. You’ll also see the original cast members in a cool sequence, and Paul Rudd as well. The talent is a good mash of new and veteran and I quite enjoy seeing them bring this story to life.

If you don’t like supernatural or kind of “creepy” movies, then this probably isn’t a film for you. If you did like the previous Ghostbusters films, I highly recommend this one. It’s entertaining and funny, slightly “creepy” (but it’s “just” enough) and has characters we want to root on. All are elements a good popcorn flick needs to be fun, and this is certainly one of them.

You can stream Ghostbusters: Afterlife, at publication, with a Starz subscription

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‘GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE’ FOLLOWS UP THE 1984 ADVENTURES. Review of the 2021 Ghostbusters film with Paul Rudd. All text © Rissi JC

Content: there is brief remarks that an adult couple wants to “get it on,” and an implication that they do when they are, shall we say, themselves. Someone is called a virgin and there is also some minor profanity, too. Mainly the PG-13 rating is for the creatures and kind of “creepy” scenes or supernatural beings that come to life. They also inhabit the bodies of humans.

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About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

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