Ghostbusters are back

“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” brings the series to life for a new generation

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The iconic “Ghostbusters” logo used for many movies in the fandom was seen in the new movie.

Lael Malibiran

Day by day, there was always a ghost to catch for the Ghostbusters. It was their job, their daily routine. Wake up, catch ghosts, stroll around, and go back to bed. But, after years of ghost-busting and town-saving, the crew split up into their own lives with no ghosts to catch and no towns to save. They had moved onto their everyday lives with nothing to hunt. Or so they thought. 

“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” premiered in theaters on Nov 19. It is marked as the fourth overall film in the “Ghostbusters” series, and takes place about 32 years after its predecessor. The movie begins as a flashback of the founding member of the team, Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) living in a small town called Summerville, Oklahoma. With his time spent living apart from his crew, Spengler was still in his ghost-busting mindset. While the rest of the team moved along with their lives, Spengler was plotting, creating, and hunting for more out there. When a time came for him to capture a ghost, his fate unfortunately got to him, leaving only Spengler’s body behind. 

It was not until 32 years later when the ghosts were again introduced. In this era, Spengler’s descendants continued on his legacy. Callie (Carrie Coon), Spengler’s daughter, along with her two children, typical-teen Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) and little-scientist Phoebe (Mckenna Grace), were evicted from their home and forced to relocate to Spengler’s farm in Summerville. With the two children feeling stunned by how old their grandfather’s home was, little did they know that much of the iconic ghost-busting technology was located in that very place.

As the two children start their new lives in this small town, Trevor encounters a girl, Lucky (Celeste O’Connor) who he seems to grow an interest to, while Phoebe attends summer school in which she gains a newfound friend, Podcast (Logan Kim) and a bond with her teacher, Mr. Grooberson (Paul Rudd), over science. These two become of great help to Phoebe in the future. 

Later on, Phoebe discovers a device within the floors of the living room, which turns out to be a ghost trap. Mr. Grooberson believes it is a replica, but it turns out to be real. This marks the discovery that Phoebe and Trevor’s grandfather was a Ghostbuster. A little while after they realize the icon their grandfather is, Phoebe, though only 12, quickly picks up on how to finish what her grandfather started. With the help of Podcast, Mr. Grooberson, Trevor, and Lucky, they form a new ghost-busting team.

Nearing the end of the movie, they began to encounter a problem as they were on the hunt, but right as the audience was on the edge of their seats awaiting an ending, the iconic and original team came and visited to offer help. 

As the movie comes to an end, the audience seems to adore the taste of nostalgia as they listen to the iconic words: “Who you gonna call?” This movie caters to all who are entertained by comedy, emotion, action, and overall nostalgia,  not to mention the amazing cast list and cinematics. “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” is definitely a wonderful sequel to an iconic series.