Review of Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)

If you grew up in the eighties it is difficult not to have as a reference some films such as The Goonies, E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial, the saga of the aliens, the movie The Goonies. The Extraterrestrial, the Indiana Jones saga and , of course, Ghostbusters. Films impregnated with that authentic adventurous youthful spirit, with a daring essence and the defence of values such as loyalty and friendship Ghostbusters: Afterlife the film achieves precisely this: to bring back the nostalgia of that decade with a film full of adventure and fantasy, in the purest style of the classics of the eighties. Thirty-seven years have passed, but what can you do? The good things, almost always, are long overdue.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)


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Ghostbusters: Afterlife is the revival of the saga that began in 1984 and continued in 1989. We won’t even mention the ill-advised reboot released in 2016. Now, in the form of a sequel, albeit a completely autonomous one, another ghost story returns, picking up where the one that ended in 1989 left off. A story that is now not just about those ghosts we can see. This time it’s also about the ones that haunt us all our lives, the ones we want to escape from so we don’t have to face them.

The director of the new film is Jason Reitman, son of Ivan Reitman (responsible for the first two instalments) and director of other successful films such as Juno, Up in the Air and Tully. The film’s cast includes Mckenna Grace (the film’s main driving force), Fynn Wolfgard (Stranger Things), Carrie Coon and Paul Rudd. The result is 124 minutes full of surprises and a trip back to childhood and the eighties.

Grandchildren inherit a business that was in the doldrums

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This time it’s the grandchildren of one of the Ghostbusters who take over from their grandfather and pick up where their grandfather left off a few decades earlier.

It all begins when two siblings (Trevor and Phoebe), children of the daughter of one of the protagonists of the first film, Egon Spengler, have to move with their mother to the dingy and mysterious farm in Oklahoma that they have just inherited from their recently deceased grandfather. He apparently abandoned his family to move in alone when his daughter was very young, a fact that her daughter has never forgiven him for. The summer teacher (played by an amusing Paul Rudd) will end up explaining to the children the history of the Ghostbusters, heroes who in the eighties freed New York from a ghostly menace.

Movie full of nods to the eighties

A more than worthy sequel to a film that left its mark on a generation. With a fabulous script, the film is full of amusing nods that fans of 1980s cinema are sure to identify with. Funny mentions to films like Cujo or Chuchy, beasts that remind us a lot of Gremlins, objects like traps, backpacks and the mythical Esto-1 car, the youthful and curious spirit of the main characters and even some scenes that remind us of Spielberg’s Jurassic Park.

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Talented, written with great care and tenderness, the viewer will quickly empathise with the characters. It is difficult not to remain attentive to a plot that seems to conclude the one that began in 1984. Special mention should be made of the appearance of the former protagonists. Although brief, it succeeds in giving a great sentimentality and will delight the faithful followers of this saga. Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts and Sigourney Weaver, among others, appear at specific moments in the film to remind us that they still have a lot to fight for.

A touching tribute to the late Harold Ramis, the film is funny and action-packed, with characters that ooze naturalness and charm. The film is a nostalgic return to those films of the eighties that exuded that youthful, adventurous spirit. Characters that are very real and that manage with great success between fantasy and science fiction, without losing their sense of humour and bravery.

A more than recommendable film that also has a soundtrack and photography very much in line with the productions of the eighties. In short, a more than entertaining approach to this genre for the new generations. A universe so coveted by those nostalgic for the adventure films of the eighties. Ghostbusters is back and will undoubtedly end up enchanting the new generations.


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