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It All Begins Again with Ghostbusters: Afterlife


Ghostbusters is a supernatural comedy film series made famous in 1984 with a sequel, Ghostbusters II in 1989. Since then, the third film has been elusive in part due to Bill Murray's reluctance, made even more challenging by the passing of Harold Ramis in 2014. While the Ghostbusters films have stalled in terms of the original line-up like a bad rock band reunion, the concept behind the story still holds intrigue.

There was enough interest to spark an all-girls remake of the original starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. While the reboot drew staunch criticism, mostly for its gender reversal, it was middling and didn't impress at the box office. The fourth film in the series has gone on to have another stab in the dark. This time, Jason Reitman, son of Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, has returned to give the original series a third film that follows 30 years after the events of Ghostbusters II. Usually when a "son of" becomes involved, it spells disaster but maybe that was just The Son of the Mask?

This time around, the fourth Ghostbusters film centres on a single mother and her two kids who move to a "creepy old farm house in the middle of nowhere" also known as Summerville, Oklahoma where they discover their grandfather's secret legacy. Titled Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the film screened at CinemaCon in Las Vegas with a cinematic release that has been delayed four times. This film appeals to nostalgia, featuring original cast members Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts.

Starring Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace and Paul Rudd. This is a big step up for Carrie Coon who's best known for her recurring role in The Leftovers with supporting roles in Gone Girl, Avengers: Infinity War and The Post. Finn Wolfhard is a child actor who has racked up considerable credits in the It reboot and Stranger Things opposite McKenna Grace, who is known for her strong performance in Gifted and spirited supporting role in Young Sheldon. Rounding off a promising cast, chock-full of throwbacks to the original, is Paul Rudd... who must be an avid fan and just seems perfect for the world of Ghostbusters.

Based on the trailer, the new Ghostbusters: Afterlife recalls Steven Spielberg's depiction of the '80s. Gathering a Super 8 feel, much like JJ Abrams' homage to Spielberg, the film taps into the nostalgia of the cinematic era with an E.T. meets Goonies feel. A slow immersion not unlike Transformers, it seems as though this clever concept is the first of a full reprisal of the iconic film series. Expect eye-popping visual effects and sharp performances in a film laden with a spirit of discovery and mystery.