Ghostbusters: Afterlife honors Harold Ramis and builds upon the legacy of the original.
After decades, we finally have a sequel to the first two Ghostbusters films. The world first fell in love with the Ghostbusters franchise back in 1984, which is cemented in pop culture forever. I had the extraordinary opportunity to screen this film during New York Comic Con after a panel with the cast and Jason and Ivan Reitman.
In Ghostbusters: Afterlife, a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town. They begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife was not quite what I was expecting, but in no way is that is a bad thing. There are tons of surprising moments that were not spoiled by the trailers .Jason Reitman was the perfect man for this job to deliver a Ghostbuster film that respects the original and honors Harold Ramis. The focus on Spengler’s grandchildren, as seen in the trailer played by Finn Wolfhard and McKenna Grace, absolutely works. Grace is the stand-out of this movie. She embodies everything that Spengler was in the first two movies. Newcomer Logan Kim and the never-aging Paul Rudd add great comedy that all generations of Ghostbusters fans will enjoy. This movie is full of excellent practical effects. The amount of CGI compared to other films today is minimal. But even the ghosts and creatures created by CGI look really fantastic on the big screen. The plot of the new installment is close to perfect and matches the heart and soul of what Reitman’s dad, Ivan, created 37 years ago. You will go through so many different emotions while watching. It is warm, touching, and full of nostalgia….and yes, the original cast returns.
I give Ghostbusters: Afterlife an 8.5 out of 10. I look forward to the bright future of Ghostbuster that was set up with this film. Harold Ramis would have been so proud of this movie, and fans will be cheering the entire time!
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