Thirty-seven years after the original film, Columbia Pictures brings us “Ghostbusters: Afterlife.” Being a kid at heart, I couldn’t wait to take the family to see it and holy crap! This is the sequel we’ve been waiting for!
The follow up to “Ghostbusters” and “Ghostbusters II” is set 32 years after “Ghostbusters II.” It finds every way possible – without being obnoxious – to tie in the original cast.
When a single mom and her two little minions arrive in a Norman Rockwell small town, they discover a connection to the original Ghostbusters. It takes a minute, but their legacy their grandfather left them unfolds.
The cast includes some new faces and a few that made this franchise what it is. The film features Bill Murray (Peter Venkman), Dan Aykroyd (Ray Stantz), Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore), Annie Potts (Janine Melnitz), and Sigourney Weaver (Dana Barrett Venkman) return, but Harold Ramis (who passed away in 2014) and Rick Moranis are missing. While we miss them, everyone else was absolutely fantastic, including new cast members.
The new kids on the block include Carrie Coon (Callie), Paul Rudd (Grooberson), Finn Wolfhard (Trevor), Mckenna Grace (Phoebe), Logan Kim (Podcast), Celeste O’Connor (Lucky), Josh Gad (Muncher), and J.K. Simmons (Ivo Shandor). Collectively they are absolutely brilliant!
“Every time I go to the movies it’s magic, no matter what the movie is about.”
In “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” you see the cast fighting against Gozer – yes from the original film. It turns out Gozer wasn’t fully destroyed and the characters have to fight again to show who does shit best. You also see what happens to Spangler and how all of the crazy stuff is related to the original movies! I was beyond excited and, well… I shed a few tears! In joy and sadness; yes the heart strings were pulled.
The movie release was delayed FOUR times due to the pandemic, but it is now out in theaters and wow, what a fantastic movie. The film was directed by Jason Reitman, written by Gil Kenan and Jason Reitman.
Go see it on the big screen because it is worth every penny! This holiday season, this may be the film you can take your entire family to see!