Film Ghostbusters Afterlife fixes everything that was broken in the previous film/remake, Ghostbusters Answer The Call (2016). Directed by Jason Reitman who is also the son of the creator of the Ghostbusters franchise , Ivan Reitman, Afterlife restores the heart, thrill, and suspense that were lost in the previous film while incorporating a new, more engaging tone . As a result, Afterlife is a nostalgia trip that is true to its origins but doesn’t lose its novelty.
The story of Ghostbusters: Afterlife is opened by Egon Spengler (preferably Harold Ramis). Approximately 31 years since the Vigo the Carpathian incident in New York ( Ghostbusters II, 1989 ), Ghostbusters has disbanded. The four members, namely Ray, Winston, Peter, and Egon decided to separate and start a new life. Even so, of the four, only Egon decided to stay on the supernatural path.
Leaving his family behind and moving to a small town called Summerville, Egon hunts down a mysterious supernatural being that has emerged from the Shandor Mines. With all the ghost hunting technology he has, Egon is confident that he will be able to catch the creature alone. Fate says differently, the technology that Egon has prepared breaks down at a critical time and he becomes a victim. Egon died instantly.
Before he died, Egon had bequeathed his home in Summerville to his daughter, Callie (Carrie Coon). In a tight economy and about to be kicked out of her apartment, Callie has no choice but to take her two children, Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) and Phoebe (McKenna Grace), to Summerville to occupy Egon’s house.
At first, Callie, Trevor, and Phoebe’s new life in Summerville is going well. Callie is close to seismologist Gary Grooberson (Paul Rudd), Trevor gets a job at Spinners Burger Shack, and Phoebe is close friends with podcaster boy Podcast (Logan Kim). However, that normality slowly changes as more mysterious events take place in Summerville and things that have been kept secret by Egon from his family and the Ghostbusters are revealed.
When the trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife first appeared, the first impression that emerged was that the story would be darker and more serious. In reality, this is not entirely true. On the one hand, the story of Ghostbusters: Afterlife is indeed more dramatic with a family theme as the backdrop, but on the other hand it is still as fun as the two prequels. Viewers will find mystery, investigation, and fun action in it.
made by Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens . Jason Reitman doesn’t create a story that feels like a repackaging of the two previous films. While longtime fans will find plenty of homage to the prequel in the film, the story of Ghostbusters: Afterlife is truly designed as a true sequel in any way.
The choice of rural setting as the main location of the story is one of the indicators. By lugging ghost hunts from more metropolis and fashionable locations to more minimalistic ones, director Jason Reitman was able to avoid any potential resemblance to his father’s films.
Another indicator is comedy delivery. Jason Reitman knows very well that the franchise Ghostbusters is not a film of horror through and through , but a horror movie with comedy. The comedy itself comes from the dynamics of the Ghostbusters members , who have different personalities, responding to supernatural events in front of them.
To present a dynamic that is similar to but not the same as its predecessor, Jason Reitman decided to use a Stranger Things, The Goonies, and IT- style approach . The Ghostbusters team is no longer filled with adults, but children and teenagers, namely Trevor, Phoebe, and Podcast. In addition, the time setting is during the summer holidays where children usually go on vacation.
Just like Egon cs, each has a different personality. Phoebe is the Brain of the new team. He is as genius as Egon, but more sassy, adaptable, and less socially awkward than his rigid grandfather. Trevor as the Outsider a la Winston. Trevor isn’t as smart as his brother or has an interest in the supernatural, but can make a big contribution when needed. While on the Podcast, he appeared as the Everyman a la Ray and Peter. He is fearless and always enthusiastic (and entertaining) whenever he investigates the mysteries of Summerville as his podcast material.