Ghostbusters: Afterlife should be slimed

The fourth chapter in the Ghostbuster’s insipid storyline mediocre at best.

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: Ghostbusters: Afterlife available now to rent on Amazon Prime.

Ethan Caswell, Staff Writer

Ghostbusters: Afterlife has become available to rent on Amazon video and other streaming platforms. I was hesitant in watching this movie. It came out when people first returned to the movie theaters and I did not deem this one worthy of risking coronavirus to go see it on the big screen. Those movies that first debuted as we returned from quarantine are now slowly making their way to video, so I gave the fourth installment of the Ghostbusters saga a try.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife stars several new additions to the story in the form of the original stars’ grandchildren. Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) stars as Egon Spengler’s grandson and McKenna Grace stars as Phoebe, Spengler’s granddaughter. Paul Rudd (AntMan) has a supporting role as wacky teacher/scientist, Mr. Grooberston. The kids’ mother, Callie, is played by Carrie Coon. In addition to this, some interesting child actors include Logan Kim as Podcast and Celeste O’Connor as Lucky. There were also appearances during scenes of the original actors that played in Ghostbusters like Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Ernie Hudson. Annie Potts and Sigourney Weaver also made appearances.

In the story, the original Ghostbusters have disbanded. The adult daughter of the character Egon Spengler inherits his house and all his stuff when he dies. Her kids find hidden rooms, objects and equipment that was used by their grandfather to hunt ghosts. They take up the love of catching ghosts from their deceased grandfather, fire-up Ecto-1, the Ghostbusters’ old car, and happen to find a new cluster of ghosts to catch, including Zul, The Keymaster, and The Gatekeeper, from the original movie.

Honestly, I didn’t like the movie and only give it 2.5 out of 5 stars. I never got into the original Ghostbusters franchise, did not like the girls’ version of Ghostbusters a few years ago, and I can now add this one to the Ghostbusters movies that I do not like.  I’m just not into ghosts and I think the storyline in general is boring. However, my mother who grew up with Ghostbusters absolutely loved it and gave it a 4.5 out of 5. She said it had just the right mix of old nostalgia and new storyline possibilities. She said she enjoyed seeing all of the original characters and references made in the movie and that she thought they had done a good job with casting the new characters. She had a big smile on her face when the Stay-Puft Marshmallow miniature-men appeared and remarked that, “Instead of going with a lot of CGI, they chose to keep characters like Zul as close in appearance to the original movie as possible.” Obviously, there is a difference generationally when viewing this movie, so even though I only give it 2.5 stars, it might be worth checking out if you had interest in the original movies.