Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is an enjoyable adventure film that is respectful towards the original movies. Following the 2016 attempt at a Ghostbusters reboot, many wondered whether the beloved franchise was best left alone. However, director Jason Reitman has proven this worry to be incorrect. In Ghostbusters: Afterlife, we watch a loveable cast with relatable struggles have to stop a not-so-relatable paranormal apocalypse in a rural town. Starring actors McKenna Grace (playing the socially awkward science prodigy, Phoebe), Finn Wolfhard (playing the angst-ridden but caring teen, Trevor), Carrie Coon (playing the charismatic single mum, Callie) and Paul Rudd (playing the goofy teacher, Gary) this rollercoaster of a film catches your attention early and doesn’t let it go.

The plot of the film, while not perfect, is engaging and entertaining at every point. Some minor plot points felt unnecessary and even uncomfortable in one specific circumstance, but these small issues are overshadowed by the positives. The main plot of the film was logical, well-developed, and interesting. It was a fun blend of the classic format of the original films and the characters facing nuanced issues of the modern world. The setup and payoff of the final conflict, without saying too much, was enjoyable and rewarding.

Each character was dimensional and had their own personal arc through the film. The relationship between Callie and her children felt nuanced and incredibly realistic. The relationships that the three developed along the way (specifically with youth podcaster Podcast and the goofy geek Gary Grooberson - played by Logan Kim and Paul Rudd, respectively) developed naturally and were a joy to watch unfold.

Across the board, the acting was very enjoyable. However, McKenna Grace shines in her portrayal of Phoebe. From her delivery of some terrible jokes, to discussing science, to saving the world, she made Phoebe a character that jumped out of the screen. I know that, personally, I cannot wait to see which character she brings to life next.

The music, effects, and cinematography in the film were extremely immersive. The score alluded to the original films while also bringing some amazing music to the table in its own right. All of the ghosts looked real enough to see strolling the street and all of the gadgets were as realistic as ghost-catching guns can be. This is a movie that is best seen in-cinema to get the full immersive experience.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is a joyride that balances heartwarming character growth and thrilling paranormal adventures. This reboot is absolutely worth the watch and puts the 2016 attempt to shame. The consistent allusions to the original films (and maybe even some cameos) make this a must-watch for any Ghostbusters fan. Having said that, if you haven’t seen the original films this instalment stands just as tall on its own. This is an enjoyable film for any and all viewers. I strongly recommend that you give it a watch.