“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” tries to carry the spirit of originals

Who you gonna call now? A new generation takes over the busting in “Ghostbusters: Afterlife.” (photo by Sony Pictures)

“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” is a great family-friendly film perfect for the Halloween season. The movie was written  by Gail Kenan and directed by Jason Reitman, who also directed.

The story opens with an unknown man running from what looked to be a powerful spirit. The spirit follows the man back to his house, where he tries to trap the ghost but due to equipment failure, he is unsuccessful in the attempt. We are introduced to a family that is struggling to pay the bills and forced to move out of their home and into a house left to them by their deceased father.

I do not want to spoil any of the emotional moments in the movie for any readers. What I will say is that the attention to detail in the movie was excellent, and it showed in things like the proton pack and the ghost trap looking older but still realistic. The special effects were very well done in showing how powerful the proton pack is. I also noticed how well the sound design was done in the moviem with the sounds of the proton pack, the sounds of the spirits and the Ecto One (the original Ghostbusters car) being particularly memorable. The introduction of Ecto One was extremely exciting and one of my favorite parts.

However, I felt that the movie was lacking in character development in the sense that I wasn’t as connected to the main characters here as compared to how I felt about the original Ghostbusters cast. In the original movies, I remember feeling closer to the characters. This could be explained because the original cast had two movies, and the characters were given more time to be developed. I don’t want to spoil anything for you but it does get emotional at the end, or it did for me anyway. This was a good story continuation to the second original Ghostbuster movie, and I highly recommend that you and your family check it out.

Edited by Justin Shepard