The Ghostbusters: Afterlife trailer dropped yesterday and we can’t help but notice that the spirit of Harold Ramis is everywhere. For those that have experienced the loss of a loved one, remember everything is connected and they are never truly gone…
The Ghostbusters: Afterlife trailer debuted yesterday to over 6 million views. Ever since the film was officially announced, fans had been wondering would the gang get back together again? How would Harold Ramis’ death be addressed, if at all?
Then Dan Aykroyd revealed in an interview on The Greg Hill Show that Bill Murray had returned to reprise his role along with Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts. Ernie Hudson was also back in the fold as well.
For months we had been reporting on this Jason Reitman production. All anyone really knew was that the story revolved around a mother (Carrie Coon) and her children (Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace).
After Reitman posted a behind the scenes picture of his cast in character it was speculated that they might be related to Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis).
Also, when Ivan Reitman was shown the script that his son had written, he apparently became emotional. Aykroyd also stated that the film was about “passing the torch” and that Ramis’ memory would be acknowledged.
Which leads me to the promo. There are many pundits out there who are disparaging the footage because they feel that it is somehow negating the 2016 effort. That’s not the way that I see it.
I have an entirely different take on the subject matter. When you lose someone through death or other circumstances (divorce, estrangement) sometimes there are regrets. Maybe you didn’t get to tell them you love them or that they meant the world to you.
In the case of Carrie Coon’s character, Callie, she never really had a relationship with her father. According to the trailer, her kids, Phoebe and Trevor didn’t have a relationship with their father either. There is a void in all of their lives.
Then they inherit this ramshackle house and they start to find out who Callie’s father was by discovering some of his inventions like the ghost trap. Then there is the matter of the Ecto-1 in the barn.
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With the help of Phoebe’s teacher, Mr. Grooberson (Paul Rudd) they uncover even more history about how four Ghostbusters saved Manhattan from evil. This is the beginning of (as the voiceover says), everything happening for a reason.
The pieces of the puzzle start to come together especially when we see Egon’s uniform in a closet. We are all interconnected, whether we want to believe that or not.
This is an essential truth of life. Callie was meant to inherit her father’s property; her children were meant to know their grandfather.
Fate intervened and brought the right people together at the right time. Perhaps, Afterlife refers to the fact that those we love may come and go in our lives but they will always live on in our hearts.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife hits theaters July 10, 2020.
What were your takeaways from the trailer? Let us know in the comments.