Ghostbusters: Afterlife


Ghostbuster Afterlife was the first movie I've watched in the theaters in two years. If you were a fan of the original movies from the 80s, this was a good follow up and heartfelt reboot. This film connects to the previous films which you have to have seen to understand all the Easter eggs. The premise of the movie is a single mom and her two kids move to a small town to live in the farmhouse their grandfather left them. They soon discover that he was the original Ghostbuster Egon Spengler played by Harold Ramis who has now passed but this movie a tribute to him. 


I know a lot of people didn't like the 2016 comedy version with an all female cast (review here) but I did and I also thought the 2021 version was well made and felt more organic. I was entertained and invested because I loved the original. The movie had all the right nostalgia plus amazing cinematography. The original Ectomobile, a 1959 Cadillac was dusted off for the film and you can get a toy sized one at Target. Visually it is fantastic with the costumes, sound affects, original portable nuclear particle accelerator, and ghost traps.


It was great to see the original cast have cameos: Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts were all there. Even the original ghosts were there which was mind blowing. The movie had the right formula of small town, scary ghosts, nerdy kids, plus a diversity of cast.


I saw the film in 4DX which means my seat moved with the film, wind blew through the theater and light affects were also inside the theater which created for knockout sound and affects.


The movie ends with the original Ghostbusters song which you can't beat! That made for a perfect touch for viewers. Overall I found the movie joyous and couldn't help smiling throughout. Stay after the credits, the movie continues.


As a final note, in the movie Dan Aykroyd mentions that the old Ghostbusters' HQ has been turned into a Starbucks. I can tell you for fact, that when I went to NYC last weekend it is still there!

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