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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) - Proton Packs Reloaded: A Ghostly Reawakening

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐(5/5 stars)

Released 11-19-2021

Watched 01-05-2024

Reviewed 01-10-2023

Purchased from iTunes

"His name is Gary Grooberson? You have a date with Gary Grooberson? Don't be yourself, mom!"

"Ghostbusters: Afterlife" is a cinematic triumph that not only revives the beloved franchise but also honors its legacy in a way that feels both nostalgic and refreshingly modern. Released in 2021, this film serves as a true spiritual successor to the original "Ghostbusters," arriving 37 years later but losing none of the charm and excitement that made the first one a classic.

The plot centers around a single mother, Callie Spengler (portrayed brilliantly by Carrie Coon), and her two children, Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) and Phoebe (Mckenna Grace), who relocate to a new town. Unbeknownst to them, they are about to unearth their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the remarkable legacy left behind by their grandfather. This connection weaves the new characters with the old, creating a story that is both a continuation and a homage.

The integration of the original cast is handled with utmost respect and reverence, especially the poignant inclusion of Harold Ramis, who sadly passed away in 2014. His presence, recreated through technology, adds a layer of depth and emotion to the story, making it feel like a real-life ghost is among us. This respectful nod to Ramis is just one example of the film's successful blend of past and present.

What truly sets "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" apart is its impeccable balance of stunning visual effects, a compelling script, and exceptional performances by both the new and returning cast. Paul Rudd as Gary Grooberson and Logan Kim as Podcast bring their unique charm and wit, further enriching the film's tapestry.

As someone who eagerly returned to theaters post-pandemic to watch this movie, I can attest to its power in reigniting the love for cinema. It was worth every mile driven to experience this film in a drive-in theater, encapsulating the magic of big-screen storytelling. "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" is not just a movie; it's a celebration of a franchise that has captivated audiences for decades. It's a must-watch for both die-hard fans and newcomers alike – a film that joyfully proclaims, "Ghostbusters is back!"


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