Ghostbusters makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today - Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. This summer, they're here to save the world!
REVIEW: Call me quirky, call me corny, call me wrong, but I loved Ghostbusters the original and I truly liked this Ghostbusters reboot. A lot of the stuff I’ve heard out there about what is wrong with this movie doesn’t seem to affect the fact that I laughed, I got a little spooked (well, my buddy Mikey was mostly spooked) and there was eye candy. So suck it!
Just kidding….about the suck it part, I really enjoyed the movie. I mean come on people, its Ghostbusters not GONE WITH THE WIND or more recently SPOTLIGHT. It’s meant to be kitschy and silly and fun, not great acting or incredibly insightful writing. That said, I loved the original and knew right away that I needed to see the new reboot. I’ve read reviews where people stated that the material was completely stolen from the original but I would have to disagree! Of course the premise is the same, a group of paranormal enthusiasts come together to solve a ghost invasion in Manhattan, but the story is different from there.
Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) is getting ready to be offered tenure at prestigious Colombia University and needs to make sure there are no skeletons in her closet, or in this case ghosts, so if it should come up that she wrote a book about ghosts with her childhood friend Abby Yates (Mellissa McCarthy), and if it happens to come out that Abby is still studying paranormal activity and technology and because she needs the money, Abby breaks her promise to never mention much less sell said book it would not look good.
Once that job goes out the window and the first of many apparitions make their appearance, it’s on! The two old friends, along with eccentric engineer Dr. Jillian Holtzman (Kate McKinnon) and MTA worker Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones) go to work. Manhattan does not know what is coming its way but the girls are up to the challenge! If you have little ones, there will be some “coming at you fast” scary stuff, yes it’s a comedy but it can be slightly scary and I say that because I brought my little buddy Mikey with me and he ended up covering his eyes quite a bit. At the very start I did find that some of the humor dorkey, especially when it came to the receptionist, Kevin Beckman (Chris Hemsworth). Air headed is an understatement! I will take a moment to address those who called this movie sexist. Get over it! The original movie had an almost all male cast and the receptionist was a cute but ditsy female, no one complained, so if the main characters in this reboot are all female and the ditsy receptionist happens to be the gorgeous Chris Hemsworth, the feminist in me has no problem. Please make sure to stay for the end credits. Usually, it’s quite boring just looking at names and credentials but Mr. Hemsworth makes it go by so fast so do stay and watch. I loved every one of the characters and the actresses that played them although I must say that Kristen Wiig was not as much of a stand out in this as she was in Bridesmaids. Mellissa McCarthy, as usual is funny, but the standouts for me are newcomers McKinnon and Jones. McKinnon plays the zany, wacky professor part so well. She’s kinda crazy and kinda sexy all together. Jones, well, what can I say. I would put her in the company of Chris Tucker and Chris Rock and most recently Kevin Hart. There are those out there that have said her part was “the black woman with attitude”. What?!? Have you watched Leslie Jones before? Have you ever seen her on SNL? This IS Leslie Jones. What I loved the most about this film were all the cameos, so keep an eye out. I was quite excited by the cameos. Andy Garcia plays the mayor of New York who accepts that ghosts do exist and are haunting Manhattan but debunks them publicly thus making the ladies job quite difficult. Speaking of debunking, be on the look for the professional debunker in this film. Listen people, it’s a silly film, and it was exactly was I expected it to be and more. I personally loved it and I think if you loved the original, you should also love this one.
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