First came the specter of the original “Ghostbusters.” The new “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” breathes new life into the 1980s film by taking inspiration from its two sequels, while also creating something new in its modern reimagining.
For “Ghostbusters II,” director Ivan Reitman, along with executive producer Harold Ramis, were inspired by the post-nuclear blasts in the original “Ghostbusters” and jumped back in time to 1847.
“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” looks at life after the apocalypse, with ghosts returning to the Earth in the form of a teenage cheerleader. The story sees her and the other surviving agents – Abby Yates, Patty Tolan and Venkman – fighting an evil entity, consisting of Ghostbusters II’s classic force of evil, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” works well as a reboot, as it looks closely at the roots of the films, its characters and its mythology without losing sight of the quirky humor that made the original stand out. Most of the original cast of Ms. Yates, Ms. Tolan and Venkman return.
New cast members include Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, who star as a trio of new Ghostbusters with some familiar face help.
Although some of the original cast has not confirmed that they are returning, “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” does a decent job of bringing the spirits of the previous films to the screen in a modern context. Additionally, as the ghosts cause destruction, the original Ghostbusters must team up with their “ghostbuster” team from the future to work together to defeat the scary force of darkness.
Ivan Reitman, Harold Ramis and Sigourney Weaver star in “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” which is now in theaters.