Title: Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Director: Jason Reitman
Starring: Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, and Paul Rudd
Movie length: 2 hours 5 minutes
What it is: The direct sequel to the 1989 (and 1984) classic Ghostbusters’ films that starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, and Ernie Hudson. This movie is set 30 years after Ghostbusters II and sees a mom and her 2 kids move to a small town in Oklahoma…and soon discover their link to the original Ghostbusters as a result of a familial connection.
What Dan Thought: Nostalgia. Lots of nostalgia. There have been spoilers and info leaked ahead of the movies release, but I won’t go into that here. The movie does reference the original 2 movies quite a bit (with some memorable lines quoted/paraphrased).
The movie made me want to re-watch the original 2 movies to catch some of the references that this one has. The creatures they brought back were terrific (and the mini-Stay Puft Marshmallow Men were cute and funny).
If you are a fan of the original movies from the 80s and Stranger Things, this movie will give you 2 hours and change of enjoyment. It’s a fun sequel to them. while at the same time introducing new characters.
The cast were terrific and you definitely can tell who the familial connection is from Mckenna Grace’s portrayal of her role. The recently announced 2021 Sexiest Man Alive (Paul Rudd), was a great comedic add to the cast.
Logan Kim (who only has one other acting credit before this, I expect that to change) as one of Phoebe (Mckenna Grace) classmates ‘Podcast’ was a great sidekick and delivered quite a few funny moments throughout the movie.
Oh and while this isn’t a Marvel Studios movie, stay until the VERY end of the credits.
Dan’s Grade: A. If you want to see a movie that will make you get nostalgic vibes for the ’84 and ’89 Ghostbusters movies, this is 100% it. It felt a bit like Stranger Things x Ghostbusters (which isn’t a bad thing at all), and with Finn Wolfhard in the movie that is not a coincidence I’m sure.
Here’s our own Darren Shulman’s thoughts along with Tracey’s of the movie from their podcast. https://anchor.fm/darren-shulman/episodes/Ghostbusters-Afterlife-Review-e1ahool
Ghostbusters: Afterlife will be released to theaters on November 19th, 2021.
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