Ghostbusters Afterlife Review
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Ghostbusters: Afterlife Review

By Melissa Darling

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A long awaited true revival has come! Ghostbusters is back, this third and final movie that has taken decades to come since the original Ghostbusters first hit. This is not including the Ghostbusters that came out in 2016, which does not follow the original sequence. This is the final piece to the puzzle that we’ve been waiting a long time for. In Summer of 2020, mark your calendars for Ghostbusters: Afterlife. This movie is directed by Jason Reitman, who promises something that follows his fathers original vision, not a deconstruction of it. The basic description of the story follows a single mom and her two kids who move to a small town, and discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy left behind by their grandfather.

We don’t see any of the original cast in the trailer, however we see hints toward their legacy and some memorabilia towards them. We will keep our fingers crossed that some of them will make an appearance. Some new cast members include Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard (stranger things), Carrie Coon, and McKenna Grace. The trailer gives off an energy similar to that of “Stranger Things,” so the story can appeal to anyone who may not even be a fan or follower of the original Ghostbuster movies. It’s good that this movie has it’s own identity while still remaining true to the original Ghostbuster story. If it had been a revival such as a “where are they now,” type of story, it would limit the reach and interest of people that would want to be watching this movie. This had to be presented like a “stand-alone,” movie first, otherwise it would’ve gotten lost in the last 30 years of Ghostbuster silence.

We actually know that we’re watching a Ghostbusters trailer though when we see the revival shot of the ECTO-1 vehicle being rediscovered in an old barn. Then follows a sequence of the iconic Ghostbuster car going for a joyride through a cornfield, and then through town chasing a ghost that was presumably released from an old trap. This is like seeing the Millennium Falcon again after 30 years for you Star Wars fans out there. The only other hints of the original movies we get are a grainy old clip from the original Ghostbuster team introduced by Paul Rudd playing Mr.Grooberson, and the flash of the old Ghostbuster uniforms that are found in the old farm house.

This movie is a much needed answer to the unfinished sequence of the original Ghostbuster Franchise. We know there’s more ghosts out there in the Ghostbuster Universe, and with 30 years gone by, it’s time they be captured along with the audience. We cannot wait to see what Ghostbusters: Afterlife has in store for us. Again, keep your fingers crossed for some original cast members, the anticipation is uncanny! Check out the new Ghostbusters: Afterlife trailer here.

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