Ghostbusters: Afterlife Explained: What’s Up With the Ending?

You can already see the movie “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” on the big screens: Ghostbusters: Afterlife. It’s a direct sequel to two sci-fi comedies from the 1980s, starring Finn Wolfhard, Paul Rudd, McKenna Grace and Carrie Coon. By the way, actors from the old films will also make an appearance, as will the legendary monsters that once terrorized New York City.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife movie meaning

Genre sci-fi, comedy
Directed by Jason Reitman
Starring Finn Wolfhard (Trevor Spangler), Paul Rudd (Mr. Grubertson), McKenna Grace (Phoebe Spangler), Carrie Coon (Kelly Spangler), Bill Murray (Peter Venkman), Dan Aykroyd (Ray Stantz), Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddmore), Sigourney Weaver (Dana Barrett), Annie Potts (Janine Melnitz), J.K. Simmons (Ivo Shandor), and others.
Columbia Pictures, BRON Studios, Ghostcorps
Year of release 2021
IMDb website

The third installment of “Ghostbusters” could have been released back in the 90s, but not all the actors were interested in filming, so the project ended up in discussions for a long time (despite the fact that Dan Aykroyd – one of the hunters – offered Columbia Pictures Studios a ready-made script).

The revival of the franchise became possible under the leadership of Jason Reitman – son of Ivan Reitman (director of the first two films, who remained in the producer’s chair). Interestingly, the new movie became a continuation of the story, which ended in 1989 (but the unsuccessful reboot of the franchise with Ghostbusters, released in 2016, from the chronology completely excluded).

Naturally, the Reitman family brought in actors who played famous paranormal investigators – Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson. Unfortunately, to collect the entire team did not get – the actor Harold Ramis died in 2014. However, his character in the movie remained, moreover, he became a key figure in the plot of the new tape (Ramis was revived with the help of computer graphics).


So, the action of the movie takes place in the present day. A single mother (Carrie Coon), raising two schoolchildren, learns about the death of her father, with whom she did not keep in touch. The deceased left his relatives a dilapidated farm located on the outskirts of a small town. After moving into the old house, the family finds a bunch of marvelous things that have no practical use. Thanks to the curiosity of the youngest daughter Phoebe (McKenna Grace) manages to find out that the useless gadgets are special equipment that her grandfather used to detect ghosts. Now Phoebe in the company of her brother (Finn Wolfhard) and school teacher (Paul Rudd) will try to find out why there are strange earthquakes in the city.

Because of the young heroes, the picture “Ghostbusters: From Beyond” approached the format of family movies, but director Jason Reitman tried to keep all the most recognizable elements of the franchise. He didn’t invent new monsters or try to create overly dark ties to the otherworldly force – Reitman merely brought back the old villains, giving them a more modern space for otherworldly debauchery.

He paid special attention to the ghosts and other creatures from the 1984 film that once plunged New York City into chaos. Fans of the old tape will be interested in seeing the voracious Slymer and other villains with supernatural powers again, as well as recognizing the passhalts that should remind you of how the ghostbusters handled their duties.


The new sci-fi comedy takes about an hour to get close to the real adventure – during which time viewers are introduced to the new characters, who in turn try to figure out what to do with a proton satchel and sensors indicating paranormal activity.

Finn Wolfhard (known for Stranger Things) and McKenna Grace (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) are perfect for their roles, portraying an awkward teenager and his science-obsessed sister. They make the storylines with the kids much more interesting than the adult scenes (even when Paul Rudd is in the frame), and their family team is diluted by an amusing classmate (played by aspiring actor Logan Kim) who manages to record podcasts on the go without ever letting go of the microphone.


The new “Ghostbusters” is a good story, but it is not too successful (too much timing and the makeup of the most powerful creature, which lacks CGI, spoil the overall impression). Nevertheless, you don’t want to talk badly about the movie, and the rating of the picture indicates that it was received quite warmly (the audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes is 95%).

The whole point is that the script of the picture plays on a familiar concept, and also awakens sentimental feelings. The reception is rather banal, but, strangely enough, not causing rejection – fans of the team of hunters will have a reason to let a tear, honoring the memory of the character who passed away.

P.S. When the film comes to the end, do not hurry to leave the theater – for the audience prepared two scenes after the credits.


Finn Wolfhard, McKenna Grace and Logan Kim make the kids’ storylines interesting; familiar monsters and other iconic elements of the franchise; Harold Ramis’ character is involved in the script

Unhurried development in the first half of the movie; a powerful creature that has more makeup than CGI


A sentimental and nostalgic reboot of “Ghostbusters” with a great cast of young characters who are sure to return to the big screens.

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