Ghostbusters: Afterlife was one of the many movies pushed back last year that I was interested in. In 2020 when it was pushed back to this year, I ended up seeing the original Ghostbusters in theaters. I’m part of the generation that grew up with not only the movies but also the different cartoons, which had various toys to go along with them. I was wary of the movie because of the previous movie and my initial reaction to watch it, which I will give a re-evaluation. I ended up thinking that Afterlife gave respect to the original movies while also either ending the franchise or setting it up to continue, whichever ends up happening.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife was directed by Jason Reitman. It was written by Gil Kenan and Reitman. It was also based on Ghostbusters by Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ivan Reitman. Jason Reitman had been connected to this series since he was young, even being a heckler in the second movie. Everyone involved seemingly had a great respect to the original movies and it showed in the care for the characters.
Afterlife stars Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Paul Rudd, Logan Kim, Celeste O’Connor, and Bokeem Woodbine. I thought it was nice to see Carrie Coon in something less serious than what I usually see her in. This is a perfect time to mention The Leftovers, which while emotionally devastating is a fantastic series. Mckenna Grace is really the heart of the film, with her journey to find a form of acceptance. The younger members of the cast are a lot of the fun in the film.
The plot of Afterlife is centered on Egon Spengler’s estranged daughter and her two kids. They move to the town of Summerville, Oklahoma after being evicted from where they had been living. Sometime after they arrive supernatural occurrences start to happen around the town. Egon’s grandchildren, Phoebe and Trevor, begin to discover the history of their grandfather.
The score by Rob Simonsen is fun. There are several musical cues as well as parts from the original Elmer Bernstein score. The use of practical effects is a fun thing to see. The new versions of the devil dogs from the first movie are fun to see. There are several instances of practical and CG working in tandem with each other, and that happens a lot with the devil dogs. The CG effects are fantastic. There are several easter eggs throughout the movie, which I appreciate the costume and set designers putting them in.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is a fun love letter to the original movies. I’d be okay with them not making anymore movies in the franchise after the ending of the movie. They could continue it with a cartoon series or a live action, maybe about training new Ghostbusters. I give Ghostbusters: Afterlife 8 vertical stacks of books out of 10.