Thoughts on Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)

ICYMI, Netflix has just released Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021). And you need to watch it now!

The screenplay for this 2021 American supernatural comedy was co-written by Gil Kenan and Jason Reitman. Along with Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, and Sigourney Weaver reprising their roles from the earlier movies, the film stars Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace and Paul Rudd.

Though Ghostbusters: Afterlife is the fourth movie in the Ghostbusters franchise, the film is the sequel to Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989). Yes, they’re basically urging us to ignore the 2016 reboot.

I cannot blame them. Good movies with strong female leads are my favourite. However, they turned the classic Ghostbusters into a joke rather than a comedy. Additionally, it would have been preferable if one of the characters had a family connection or association with the original members. Even worse is how the original members are portrayed in the movie.

So with Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021), we move forward 32 years after the events of Ghostbusters II (1989). Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) follows a single woman and her kids as they relocate to an Oklahoma property that they inherited from her estranged father, original Ghostbusters member Egon Spengler.

Interesting storyline, yes? But as they say, things get complicated. Simply read the title. The term “afterlife” can refer to both lives after death and the latter stages of a person’s life. The family that Egon Spengler left behind comes first. Then we discovered the whereabouts of the original band members, Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, and Winston Zeddemore, as well as the fate of our cherished Egon Spengler.

I have to admit that I really enjoy how nostalgic this legacy follow-up to the beloved 1984 movie is. If you’re going to honour someone, treat them with respect.

That’s why I didn’t have high expectations when I hit play. But as the film went on, I began to notice something.

You see, I enjoyed watching the Extreme Ghostbusters animated television series. It is a continuation of the animated series The Real Ghostbusters and stars a group of Ghostbusters who are college students under the direction of veteran Ghostbuster Egon Spengler. I’ve been fantasizing about a live-action adaptation of this fantastic series.

How awesome it would be for Egon’s family to carry on his heritage, I thought. His grandchildren Trevor and Phoebe, as well as her daughter Callie, appeared to be smart. Additionally, they had made new pals in Summerville, including Podcast, Lucky, and seismologist Gary who seemed like a great addition. Plus, who else has the right to carry on the Ghostbusters heritage, really?

Again, afterlife. This film is about passing the torch to the next generation, who will continue the work that the founding members began. Whether they are all men, all females, or a mix is irrelevant. So long as they keep up the legacy.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) used a prudent and considerate approach. But I am looking forward to new adventures because of this. It was reported that a sequel will release on December 20, 2023. This time, I’d like to view it on the big screen. Unannounced screenings of Ghostbusters: Afterlife took place on August 23, 2021, in Las Vegas as part of CinemaCon. Its distribution in the United States was delayed four times from its initial July 2020 schedule because of the COVID-19 Pandemic and finally took place on November 19, 2021. *Watching it on my birthday would have been epic! 8/10


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