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Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)


Harold Ramis passed away in 2014. He was Egon Spengler in the original Ghostbusters films. He was the physicist creating all the traps and cool gadgets. In 2016 there was an all-female reboot of Ghostbusters that flopped and drew a lot of criticism, some were even valid. Afterlife is a straight-up nostalgia play on the original films. The entire cast comes back as themselves, including Egon. It was more enjoyable than the 2016 film and even though I watched it on a plane, it might be worth a home viewing.

Carrie Coon, who I am most familiar with in The Gilded Age, plays Egon’s estranged daughter. She has two children, Trevor, Finn Wolfhard from Stranger Things, and Phoebe, McKenna Grace. McKenna struggles with making friends as she is a science nerd and tinkerer. She does a great job in her role and I hope to continue to see her in the future. Paul Rudd is also in the film.

All of your favorite lines are back, ‘are you the key master’, ‘are you a god’ answered correctly this time, and more. Did you love the one giant Staypuff marshmallow man? Well, you get unlimited tiny ones that are suicidal and homicidal? Ecto 1 is back!

I do not think anyone was asking for this film, but I am happy it exists. It is a bit of a love letter to Harold Ramis in one of his most famous roles. It wears its intent on its sleeve and the execution is great. I laughed throughout the film and felt the warm soft hug of nostalgia envelope me.

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