ho you gonna call? I’m gonna call my mom because this movie hit all the soft spots in my heart.
If you didn’t grow up with the original 1984 “Ghostbusters” directed by Ivan Reitman, that’s OK. But if you did and you have not gone to see the new “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” directed by Jason Reitman, son of Ivan Reitman, in Mushu’s words, “Dishonor! Dishonor on you, dishonor on your cow…” because when you think about a Ghostbusters reboot you think of the all-female version we don’t all like to talk about, well it’s like it never happened.
And I get it, who wants their childhood to be ruined by a mainstream reboot? But this isn’t just a reboot, it’s a continuation of a legacy.
The movie starts off with Dr. Egon Spangler’s mysterious but not so alarming passing. Estranged granddaughter Pheobe (Mckenna Grace) investigates Spangler’s life that was inherited by her mother Callie (Carrie Coon). Alongside Grace, “Stranger Things” star Finn Wolfhard plays her girl-crazy teen brother who tries to impress his onscreen crush Lucky (Celeste O’Conner).
The storyline plays into a haunting of the small town their grandfather inhabited and was known as the “Dirt Farmer,” which is later explained. Paul Rudd’s character, Mr. Gooberson, comes into play as he is first your typical non-educated caring coach/teacher but his IQ only downplayed to those he seemly taught in summer school but is then matched with that of Pheobe’s genius. I can’t go any further without giving away spoilers.
There are a couple of slow parts that have you sitting on the edge of your seat for the action to begin but pay attention because it will come at you fast and will begin a domino effect of events. We are visited by an all-star cast from the original 1984 version with the exception of Rick Moranis’ character. You must stay for the two end-credit scenes — yes that is right, I said TWO.
The filmmakers not only closed a chapter but started a whole new one without dismembering the classic.