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Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)

Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)



Carrie Coon

Finn Wolfhard

Mckenna Grace

Paul Rudd


Directed by Jason Reitman


This movie is not as amazing as the first two original Ghostbusters movies, but it outshines the third. When I saw the name of Paul Rudd, I expected him to somehow take the shine and lead the way, but his role in the movie is more of a supporting cast. A character that was not too present in the making of things. The main character and the lady that stole the show is Mckenna Grace who plays Phoebe Spengler the granddaughter of Egon Spengler.

Mckenna was so amazing in this movie she became like a beacon for the other actors to reflect from. The movie does not focus on the adults, but the three young ones Phoebe, Trevor Spengler and their friend Podcast.

Afterlife is the sequel to Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989). It is the fourth film in the Ghostbusters franchise. And it is set 32 years after the events of Ghostbusters II. This movie sidesteps Ghostbusters (2016), and I am more than glad it did, treating it like it did not happen.

I like the idea of how the incorporate the passing of the late Harold Ramis into the movie and made him a somewhat hero who sacrificed everything to save the world.  The movie spent so much on location and sets and had little left for graphics, cause the graphics in this movie was weak. The story starts with an old man on a farm who seems to be setting up something to catch a ghost. The suspicion of who that was not held long as we discover many years after that incident, who it was and how he died. It was Egon Spengler and he died in the hands of a ghost.

Now his daughter who is a mother of two Trevor and Phoebe is facing a financial strain and chose to live on her father’s farm. On getting there we learn that Egon was called the dirt farmer, as his farm had no produce, and it was covered in dirt which he seems to always be bothered in caring for.

Phoebe soon discover that there is a ghost in the house a nice friendly one and when she got to school learns that her grandfather was Egon Spengler a ghostbuster. She made friends with a young man in her class named Podcast, whom she showed the ghost trap the ghost in her house showed her. Their summer class teacher sees the two with the trap and knows immediately what it was. He activates it and releases a ghost.

She then deduces that the ghost was Egon and together they repaired a faulty proton pack and from there she, Trevor and Podcast became an unlicensed driving ghostbusters. They chased down a ghost hunting foundry and made a mess of the town, using the single proton pack.

It was from there the movie kicked off a new drive as we discover what Egon was working on, and why he distant himself from his friends and family.

The movie gave us the old crew back in one way or another. We even see Sigourney Weaver in the after credits. The guys picked up their proton packs again and saved the world. Harold Ramis who passed away before the shooting of the movie, well we get to see him as a ghost.


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