Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) – With spoilers.

Directed by Jason Reitman

Starring Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd, Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver,

I was a fan of the original films. Especially the second film. They had a great combination of comedy, action-adventure, scary monsters and overall they were fun films. When they made the all-girl reboot I was not inspired to see it, so in fairness, I won’t say it was bad. This one got my attention when they announced the original cast was in the film and then the last trailer just convinced me.

Only a few films get me to do two reviews one with spoilers and one without spoilers. This one has spoilers so if you have not seen the movie check my spoiler free review.

The film starts with Callie. Her grandfather dies and she takes her son and her daughter to his house. He lives on an old isolated farm. When Phoebe starts to find strange things happening in the house she discovers what her grandfather was doing on the farm as ghost starts to rise in the small town.

I was surprised that they did not rely fully and only on the fact that the original Ghostbusters were set to appear on the film. They made a good enough story that even if we wanted to see them more, the new characters held their own and were entertaining. When they finally appear it was awesome. I cried when Ramis appeared as a ghost helping his granddaughter. It was definitively a touching moment. Based on the after credit scenes it seems they left the door open for more movies and I’m open to that.

This is nostalgia done right. It has good new characters with their own stories and it blends somehow with what the fans of the originals remember. For me, the movie had a great story and it had the same feeling as the originals. I liked that the story was not rushed, it was written in a way that keeps building up until it reaches the end. It was a smart way to move the franchise forward while keeping the past close. Because at least for me, I got to know the new characters and got to like them, so I would not mind another film with them.

The movie was a lot of fun. It had a great story. The cast was great, from the kids to Paul Rudd and of course the original ghostbusters. The movie has great monsters, funny moments and a lot of cool action. I think it was more than what I expected.

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