Ghostbusters: Afterlife praised in first reactions after surprise screening

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Ghostbusters: Afterlife held its first public screening at CinemaCon this week, and the online reactions tease a huge jolt of nostalgia.

Boasting an impressive cast of Paul Rudd (most of your favourite comedies from the last 20 years), Carrie Coon (The Leftovers) and Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), director Jason Reitman takes the reins on a franchise originally spearheaded by his father Ivan.

Taking place 30 years on from Ghostbusters II, Coon's single mum Callie and her two kids relocate to a small Oklahoma town where they unearth their connection to the original Ghostbusters.

Photo credit: Sony Pictures
Photo credit: Sony Pictures

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Following the screening, founder of the Hollywood Critics Association (HCA) Scott Menzel tweeted: "Ghostbusters: Afterlife is the Ghostbusters sequel that I've been waiting all my life to see. It is nostalgia done right.

"A perfect blend of classic Ghostbusters moments with a fresh & unique twist for a whole new generation to enjoy. I got goosebumps."

"Yes, Ghostbusters: Afterlife screened at CinemaCon. Yes I saw it. Yes, it's very good," wrote 411Mania's Jeffrey Harris. "Yes, this is the true Ghostbusters sequel you've been waiting for. It does have a lot of callbacks but it's a nostalgic homage for the franchise."

CinemaBlend's Sean O'Connell added: "Saw #GhostbustersAfterlife at CinemaCon and it's good. A solid continuation of the original two films. Nostalgia for the original, and a strong turn by McKenna Grace as Egon's granddaughter. Paul Rudd gets the best lines. Fans will dig it."

Photo credit: Sony Pictures
Photo credit: Sony Pictures

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Meanwhile, Bleeding Cool's Kaitlyn Booth reflected: "#GhostbustersAfterlife was really great. As someone who wasn't a massive [fan] of #Ghostbusters I had so much fun even without understanding the references. A ton of heart with a great cast.

"New and old fans are going to love it. Stay through the credits!"

"I was pleasantly surprised by #GhostbustersAfterlife! Really great story and I actually cackled a lot," tweeted Beatrice Verhoeven of TheWrap.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is out in cinemas on November 11, 2021.

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