Ghostbusters: Afterlife opens in theatres on Friday, audiences will experience a picture that is both anchored in the past and created in the present. Ghostbusters: Afterlife is haunted by Stranger Things’ ghosts. After all, the Netflix series is the current pop culture gold standard for children confronting heinous supernatural entities. 

Director Jason Reitman, who previously worked on Up in the Air, has cast Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard as one of the Ghostbusters in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which eschews the Ghostbusters movie’ conventional adult team-up formula. 

As with Netflix’s series, the new film is set in a fictional little town in the United States. A city in Oklahoma seizes control of a town in Indiana. Reitman adopts a ruse to obliterate all current technology from the plot, which takes place in the modern era.

Ghostbusters Afterlife Movie Review
Ghostbusters Afterlife Movie Review

Gil Kenan (Monster House) and Ivan Reitman appear to have conceived Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Stranger Things)

To pay homage to Ghostbusters, the Duffer Brothers had the Hawkins crew dress up in Ghostbusters costumes for Stranger Things’ second season, which takes place in 1984. However, Ghostbusters: Afterlife is hardly the only major sci-fi property that has benefited from Stranger Things’ influence.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a great example of a measured and safe soft reboot sequel to a beloved Hollywood classic from nearly three decades ago. Reitman follows in the footsteps of J.J. Abrams in a galaxy far, far away with fresh characters and locales. 

As with Abrams, Reitman distributes the Ghostbusters memorabilia that has a sentimental value to fans throughout the film. It is the Millennium Falcon, and the proton transports the world’s lightsabers in the Ectomobile. 

As with Star Wars, the original crew returns, but unlike in the galaxy far, far away, they are forgotten here. Similar to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, a major antagonist reappears in an insignificant role.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife, on the other hand, is not nearly as close to the original film as Star Wars

The Force Awakens was. As a result, Reitman aims to reintroduce a fresh voice to the franchise by eschewing New York and Bill Murray’s caustic humour in favour of a family-friendly adventure in the vein of Steven Spielberg (that Abrams nicely mimicked with his Super 8). 

He converts the Ecto-1 into a remote-controlled ghost trap by adding a swinging gunner seat and a floor hatch. However, I found it interesting that the RC trap could keep up with the Ecto-1’s speed.

Despite the fact that these components are utilised in the same way as they were in the first Ghostbusters, Reitman included a Slimer action sequence (voiced by Josh Gad, Frozen’s Olaf). 

Rather than the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man terrorising New Yorkers, we get a collection of little marshmallows playing around an empty Walmart, melting, toasting, mingling, and sandwiching one another. Ghostbusters: Afterlife, on the other hand, goes overboard with nostalgia at the climax, thus erasing much of Reitman’s previous work.

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