“Ghostbusters Afterlife” breathes new life into a franchise many wrote off after the lackluster woke 2016 reboot which failed to convert new fans and appease long time fans.
Afterlife is a love letter to the long time fans injecting moments of nostalgia while also bridging the gap to the future of the franchise. The best thing to compare it to would be Star Wars The Force Awakens. However, one of the biggest mistakes of the Star Wars sequel series was failing to bring all three of its big three returning actors together. Afterlife doesn’t make that same mistake and gives fans a moment they have been dying to see for decades!
The film was directed by Jason Reitman, who co-wrote the screenplay with Gil Kenan. The film stars Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, and Paul Rudd, while Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, and Sigourney Weaverreprise their roles from the original films. It is the sequel to Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989), both directed by Reitman’s father and this film’s producer Ivan, and the fourth film overall in the Ghostbusters franchise. Set thirty-two years after the events of the second film, a single mother and her two children move to a small town in Oklahoma, where they discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and their grandfather’s secret legacy.
Thirty-two years after stopping the despotic spirit Vigo, the Ghostbusters have disbanded after a decline in supernatural activities in New York City. Egon Spengler has relocated to Summerville, Oklahoma, where Gozerian cultist Ivo Shandor’s mining operations are located. Egon captures a bestial entity from one of the mines, aiming to lure a more powerful entity to his farm to trap it. When the trap fails, he hides the ghost trap in a secret compartment located beneath his farmhouse’s living room floor. Egon struggles with another entity, and suffers a fatal heart attack.
Callie, Egon’s estranged daughter, and her two children, Trevor and Phoebe, are evicted from their city apartment and move to Egon’s farm, which he has left to Callie. Trevor meets a local girl, Lucky, and gets a job at the diner where she works. Phoebe is enrolled in a summer science class at a local middle school. Her mentor is eccentric seismologist Gary Grooberson, whom Callie later dates.
Phoebe discovers the house is haunted and finds a PKE meter under Egon’s chair. An unseen ghost leads her to the hidden ghost trap, while Trevor finds and repairs the dilapidated Ecto-1 vehicle. Lucky takes Trevor to an old mine shaft with her friends, where they encounter a glowing apparition. Phoebe shows the ghost trap to her new friend, Podcast, and Gary reveals he is a fan of the Ghostbusters, conducting his own investigation on Summerville. Despite not sitting on an epicenter, the town has been consistently experiencing strange earthquakes. Gary, Phoebe, and Podcast tamper with the ghost trap, and the bestial entity, revealed to be one of interdimensional being Gozer’s minions, escapes into Shandor’s mine.
The ghost leads Phoebe to an underground lair where Egon kept his equipment. Realizing the ghost is her grandfather, Phoebe repairs the Ghostbusters’ proton packs under his direction and a new generation of Ghostbusters is born!
Some critics despise the fact that this film is doing so well both with fans and at the box office. What some SJW critics call “an over reliance on fan service” is just the film giving the fans they have been dying to see for decades. Those same SJW critics don’t understand the franchise and believed a woke and the horribly unfunny 2016 Ghostbusters film should have been the future of the series. Which is why the 2016 film was rejected and the film fans and people actually wanted, Afterlife, is doing so well and resonating with fans.
It’s a beautiful swan song for the original cast and a touching tribute to Harold Ramis and the character of Egon. Mckenna Grace is a fantastic young actress and Carrie’s most of the film but the hilarious antics of Logan Kim who plays “Podcast” who has the film’s funniest moments.
All in all, Ghostbusters Afterlife not only gives long time fans what they want, it also secures a future with a young cast of some extremely talented kids. HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience highly recommends checking out Ghostbusters Afterlife and sticking around for its two post credit scenes.
The REAL GHOSTBUSTERS blasting that shitty 2016 Ghostbusters film…