Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)

Directed by: Jason Reitman

Written by: Gil Kenan, Jason Reitman, Dan Aykroyd

Starring: Finn Wolfhard, McKenna Grace, Paul Rudd, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Carrie Coon, Annie Potts, Logan Kim.

A single mother finds she has inherited her father’s old farm house in a small town, where she moves to with her two children and they soon start experiencing strange things in the town, where Phoebe (McKenna Grace) starts exploring her grandfathers legacy as a Ghostbuster and all he has left behind.

This film is directly connected to the original Ghostbusters 1 & 2, from 1984-1989, and if you are a fan of the originals then this is definitely one you have to watch!!! Forget the 2016 film, that is unrelated to the originals, and honestly, not that good.. Ghostbusters: Afterlife is the third and official film in the Ghostbuster’s franchise. It is directly related in so many ways, and I loved every single second of the film.

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After waiting over a year for this film, it is FINALLY released, and to geek out to, it is very much worth the long wait we all had to endure. The people involved did an amazing job at following this film on from the original two, and carrying the story on into the 21st century. Let’s forget about the mess 2016 brought us, and I know many people enjoyed that film – which is okay to enjoy, but for me that film should never exist, they tried to make it a stand-alone film, but it did not work. Ghostbusters: Afterlife definitely hit that gap we have all been waiting for, so bravo to every-one involved, and a huge round of applause to Jason Reitman for reviving this and bringing all the old cast, minus Harold Ramis (may he rest in peace), back to this film.

I found the music used, the graphics, casting, and CGI used in this film really good, especially at the end with a certain character, which I found was very well done. Overall, this film has all that you would want in a continuation of a film such as Ghostbusters, from comedy, amazing surround sound, amazing cinematography, great story writing, great feel good moments and the nostalgic feels from this film (which I felt throughout).

Image Source: Google Images / The Guardian

I am so glad I had the opportunity to see this film at an Advance Screening, and I have to admit I was the most happiest person in that cinema room, and I did not want it to end. I loved every second, and I sure hope more people realise this is available to watch, and more people watch it, as it is a masterpiece and it should get the recognition it deserves!

  • My geeky side definitely came out in this film, and just seeing adverts, posters, and photos online is still giving me huge excitement, I love it! Seeing figurines and promotion packs of ECTO-1 is activating my geek-like senses – if you love Ghostbusters and a fan of the original films from the 80’s then you will understand what I mean.

Also, one last thing, Paul Rudd played his character well in this, and there is a scene at Walmart where you see him walking down an isle, and I don’t think I have ever seen Paul Rudd strut the way he did, it was definitely a Paul Rudd walk if ever I saw one, and I couldn’t help but burst out laughing. The science jokes from the character Phoebe made me laugh, as they are so simple yet so effective and funny – her character, played by McKenna Grace, reminded me so much of a female Sheldon Cooper.

This film is really good, and I am looking forward to seeing it again, potentially in IMAX! But for those who have not seen it yet, I urge you to visit your local cinema and watch it, I promise you, you will love it! Just note; there are TWO post credit scenes, and the song played before the second credit scene is a song created by McKenna Grace called Haunted House, the song is amazing!!!

Little bit of trivia for you, which I have found out recently;

  • McKenna Grace wore the same glass frames as the late Harold Ramis did as Dr Egon Spengler in the original Ghostbusters movie.
  • The development of this film was code named “Rust City”.
  • Paul Rudd announced on social media he would be joining the cast of Ghostbusters whilst he stood in front of Hook and Ladder 8 aka Ghostbusters HQ, in NYC.
  • Jason Reitman actually appeared in the original 1989 Ghostbusters 2 movie, as a small child who tells Ray that, according to his dad (in the movie), the Ghostbusters are “full of crap”.
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Now you have read this review, and have watched the trailer above, it is now time for you to GO AND WATCH THE FILM!!

I rate this film 5 stars

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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