Ghostbusters: Afterlife

“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” is the 2021 comedy/adventure sequel to the original Ghostbuster franchise. This one stars Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Mckenna Grace (Gifted), Logan Kim (Home Movie: The Princess Bride), and Celeste O’ Connor (Freaky), and for all you Ghostbuster fans out there, they also have the original Ghostbusters who make a cameo which includes Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson.

A broke single mom and her two kids move to a deserted small town, into a run down farm house that her estranged dad left them. Strange things begin to happen in the small town, and they soon discover that her father was Dr. Egon Spengler, one of the original Ghostbusters. Now it’s up to them to save the town.

I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while, it was pushed back a couple of times due to COVID, luckily it finally came out. I originally thought this was a reboot, but it’s more of a continuation of the originals and a homage to Harold Ramis (Egon Spengler), who is the only one of the original four who isn’t alive. It’s quite touching really, they do a great job of honoring him and tying it into the originals. They pick up 30 plus years later with the ghostbusters faded into obscurity. They bring back all the original gear, car, etc. from over 30 plus years ago, all farm fresh and covered in dust, it’s pretty cool really. It is also chalked full of references to the originals, including the main ghost they are after. Casting is great, who doesn’t love Paul Rudd, and they did a great job with Mckenna Grace as the granddaughter. She even looks like Harold Ramis. Overall this is a must see movie for any Ghostbuster fan, it’s even better than I anticipated. I give it a 9/10.

Addams Family (2019)

To say I was apprehensive about this film is an understatement. I was a kid when the 1991, and 1993 ones came out, so I saw them quite a bit over the years. I was worried this cartoon version wouldn’t capture the essence of ‘The Addams Family’, and was just more of a marketing and money making ploy than anything. It has a great cast with Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things, IT), ChloĆ« Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, Carrie), Charlize Theron, and even Snoop Dogg as cousin it.

The movie was better than I thought it would be, and I was pleasantly surprised. They give several nods to the previous films. There’s jokes that only the adults understand, that will keep them from getting bored, while the kids still love it. It’s a great family film, if you’re looking for a good Halloween film to take the kids to, this one is for you.