"Who you gonna call?" The new and improved Ghostbusters!

The Ghostbusters are back and better than ever! Ghostbusters: Afterlife is the perfect film to reignite viewers' love for the classic '80's franchise.

Mckenna Grace stars as main character Phoebe Spangler, who uncovers her family's legacy in Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
Mckenna Grace stars as main character Phoebe Spangler, who uncovers her family's legacy in Ghostbusters: Afterlife.  © imago/Cinema Publishers Collection

"Who you gonna call?" The fresh-faced Ghostbusters!

Ghostbusters: Afterlife earned a huge $44 million at the box office this weekend and unseated Disney’s Eternals from its top spot.

The newly released follow-up to the iconic film series had a lot of weight on its shoulders. After all, Ghostbusters: Afterlife isn't the first reboot attempt from Hollywood.

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Many may recall the 2016 girl power remake that featured Kristen Wig and Melissa McCarthy. Yet even the comedic female cast couldn't save the film from being a disastrous mistake.

Therefore, talk of this next Ghostbusters attempt – that would feature the remaining original cast – was met with some hesitation.

In a world full of reboots, remakes, and sequels, there's not too many that leave a good impression on die-hard fans.

However, Ghostbusters: Afterlife succeeds at being a proper successor, and breathes life back into the decades-old franchise.

Will the Ghostbusters franchise continue?

Ghostbusters: Afterlife takes place 32 years after Ghostbusters II and follows Egon Spengler's daughter and grandchildren who inherit his decrepit home.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife takes place 32 years after Ghostbusters II and follows Egon Spengler's daughter and grandchildren who inherit his decrepit home.  © imago/Cinema Publishers Collection

Set 32 years after the events of Ghostbusters II, the film follows Egon Spangler's daughter Callie and her two children as they relocate to the dilapidated town, Summerville.

Unbeknownst to them, their estranged patriarch has left behind a family legacy and some pretty cool ghost-busting equipment.

Also, as they soon find out, the town holds deadlier secrets than its occupants are unaware of.

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The story doesn't take too long to get right to the point. It quickly introduces new characters, like People's newest Sexiest Man Alive Paul Rudd – who portrays a bumbling middle-school science teacher – and Podcast, hilariously played by Logan Kim.

The movie also avoids a key mistake most franchises tend to make: It doesn't over-saturate the plot with too many Easter Eggs that allude to the original. While there are a few nostalgic moments here and there, the film spends most of its time focusing on this next chapter in the story – to its benefit.

Plus, the flick chooses the right moment to reintroduce the remaining original Ghostbusters squad: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson.

Additionally, Annie Potts, and Sigourney Weaver make brief cameos, while the late Harold Ramis, who portrayed Egon, is beautifully honored.

And as the best series' cliffhangers do, it also left the door open for the franchise to continue.

Though there hasn't been confirmation that there will be more Ghostbusters films, it would be a smart move.

Clearly, the film's new cast had no problem holding their own, and could take the franchise into a new era. Mckenna Grace is a star in the making, while Finn Wolfhard has already proven he's a scene-stealer from his time on the fellow paranormal-battling show, Stranger Things.

Sure, the new movie caters more to faithful Ghostbuster fans, but it's still a rousing good time for everyone to enjoy.

There's something strange(ly good) in your neighborhood: Ghostbusters: Afterlife is now in theaters!

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