When Sony decided to reboot Ghostbusters with an all female cast, the controversial fire was lit leading up to one of the most talked about films of 2016. Coming in with a hefty budget of a $154 million dollars, the Paul Fieg directed reboot has received harsh criticism from sexist fans and others who deem the original 1984 film untouchable. The idea of the original Ghostbusters being sacred material may seem silly to some, but there is no denying the cultural impact of the film that is still felt today.
The new Ghostbusters film creates its own path while not forgetting where it came from. Just like the original, the story has three scientists and one civilian who do humorous battle with ghosts in New York. The hearse, proton packs and Slimer look familiar, but this new film is still different with its story and direction. The cast including Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones don’t play carbon copies of their former male counterparts. Instead, all four team members bring a fresh new characters into the Ghostbusters universe and the film is better for it.
The cast who received so much of the hate and ridicule throughout the production of this film does a great job at making the audience laugh while taking them on a spooktacular adventure. McCarthy and Wiig do have some funny moments during the film, but what they really supply is the heart in Ghostbusters. The duo play childhood friends Abby and Erin who are connected from an event that took a toll on Erin’s youth. McCarthy and Wiig may not play the clowns this time around, but instead keep the film grounded during all the supernatural craziness.
The two leads may play it straight in Ghostbusters, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any laughs to be had. Kate McKinnon has a breakout performance as the weirdo inventor of the team Jillian Holtzmann. McKinnon is strange , quirky and can steal the show with just a look she shoots across the room. Also Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth supply a good amount of laughs playing the non scientific types in the mix. Some of the jokes fall flat, but for the most part the cast holds up their end of the bargain in the comedy department.
The purist and haters may have been out for blood over this new take on Ghostbusters, but this version brings honor back to the franchise with a whole new story to build on blending scares with comedy. Ghostbusters is far from a perfect film with its lack of a quality villain, the awful new updated theme song by Fall Out Boy and some jokes that miss, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an enjoyable popcorn flick the whole family can have fun with. This new film may not be able to hold a candle to the original, but there are not many films that can and die-hard fans need to realize this. The original Ghostbusters is a special film that can never be duplicated. This new Ghostbusters is an entertaining update with all new bells and whistles that pays respect to its past while also creating its own distinct future moving forward. Stick around for a secret scene at the end, which will have many Ghostbusters fans excited for possible upcoming installments.
Overall, I give Ghostbusters 3 out of 4 fun stars.
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