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"Ghostbusters: Afterlife" Movie Review

Nathan is a film critic and aspiring author with a true passion for the film industry who hopes his writings will help launch his career.


Ghostbusters: Afterlife is the sequel we've all been waiting for, linking the past and present together in a brilliant way. The nostalgia keeps the spirit of the original films alive and the younger cast keeps newcomers invested.

The film follows Callie, the estranged daughter of Egon Spengler. Callie was informed that her father had died and, hoping to have some kind of inheritance, she takes her kids to Egon's old farmhouse to sign the paperwork. However, she finds that he had far more debt than money so, Callie and her kids have to stay. Phoebe, being a science wiz, discovers Egon's old ghost traps and, with the help of her new friend Podcast and her summer school teacher Gary, the trio discovers that Egon was onto something big, a prophecy of a cataclysmic event that would soon happen.

Once again, Paul Rudd proves he has chemistry with absolutely everyone, having touching and brilliant moments with both Carrie Coon and McKenna Grace. He was a lot of fun, although it was McKenna Grace that stole the spotlight. She was brilliant as young Phoebe, and makes one wonder if she does indeed have a higher intellect than most having played a gifted kid on more than one occasion. She's an amazing actress and I look forward to seeing what her future career holds. Finn Wolfhard has managed to get roles because he's "that Stranger Things kid", but he's going to have to pick better roles than the dull brother if he wants to keep his career once the Stranger Things fame wears off. That's not to say he wasn't good in this film. He was fun, but he was forgettable, especially compared to McKenna and Paul.

The film itself was exactly what part 3 needed to be. We saw the original cast, we saw the car back in action, and we saw a beautiful tribute to Harold Ramis. I won't spoil anything, however, I will say Harold's tribute is a deeply emotional moment that moved me to tears.

In conclusion, yes there's a lot of nostalgia in this film. One might say it even fuels the film. But that's what makes Ghostbusters so special and so full of heart. I was literally smiling through the whole film, feeling like a kid again watching the original. It does justice to the spirit of the original, closing out the trilogy in a beautiful way. I give the film a 3.5 out of 4.

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