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.

Troop Zero

‘Troop Zero’ is a 2020 Amazon exclusive family comedy. It takes place in rural Georgia in 1977, following the story of misfit little girl who dreams of space. She finds out a golden record is being put together of voice recordings that will be transmitted into space. The winning Birdie Scouts troop of the jamboree will be recorded on the golden record. She must now put together a rag tag group of other misfits in order to be able to compete at the jamboree.

‘Troop Zero’ stars Viola Davis (Widows, The Help), McKenna Grace (Gifted), Jim Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan Show), Mike Epps ( Next Friday, Friday after Next), and Allison Janney (I, Tonya).

With the rag tag team bonding, and realizing their differences make them special, makes ‘Troop Zero’ a feel good movie for the whole family. It reminds me of other movies such as ‘Little Giants’, or ‘The Little Rascals’. Who doesn’t love a good underdog story with a loveable cast of misfits? I give it a 6.5/10.