Synopsis: Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat. – IMDB
Tagline: Who You Gonna Call?
Release Date: 2016-7-15 | MPAA Rating: PG-13 | Coolthulhus earned: 4
Everyone’s favorite supernatural comedy didn’t need to be remade. It was perfect just as it was. The film that David Ansen called “wonderful summer nonsense” was pretty much perfect in every way. It provided a fantastic blend of special effects, quotable lines, and acting that nailed it almost every step of the way. It was so popular that years later there are Ghostbusters fan clubs around the world, to the extent that a documentary called Ghostheads was made about it. So, yeah, its safe to say it was sufficiently well-received that a good portion of the populace boo’ed (pun point!) the idea of a remake. So, I turned my nose up at the idea of watching it, and, of course, ending up watching it anyways.
The remake of Ghostbusters surprised me. I didn’t love it, but the reasons I didn’t love it have nothing to do with it being a remake. It was more the fact that the movie perpetually tripped over itself. It would have a fantastic scene where everything was nailed, and then promptly follow it up with a scene where they just tried too hard. The final fight sequence at the end was a perfect example of this. Kick butt and take names for ten seconds, followed immediately by an eye-rolling “Seriously?” shot immediately thereafter. I did not like all the cameos by the originals. I know it probably delighted a lot of people, and I’m probably committing some sort of Ghosthead heresy here, but… it just felt overboard to me. I wouldn’t have minded seeing one or two cameos, but, c’mon, y’all. Enough is enough. There was Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Pots AND Sigourney Weaver! A bit much.
Actually, there were several things I liked. I liked that there was no catty interactions between the females, which directors seem obliged to shoe-horn in. The fact that they didn’t try to place much emphasis at all on the characters’ sexiness was fantastic. I also cackled at the fact that they flipped traditional roles and let the women totally objectify the secretary. (Side note: Chris Hemsworth just looked like he really enjoyed poking fun at himself in that role.) The interactions between the characters were great. The cast worked well together. The individual actors did a good job at their specific roles for the most part. Leslie Jones was my favorite of the bunch. I thought it was fun that her character kind of elbowed her way into the ‘club’, and then turns out to be the most kick-butt member. The writers and such got a bit of flack for her being a stereotype, but I don’t think that was accurate, and for that matter, neither did Ms. Jones. Leslie said “Regular People save the world everyday so if I’m the stereotype!! Then so be it!!” on Twitter. She was just awesome.
Most importantly, though, the seven year old loved it. This is the Ghostbusters for her generation, and she was absolutely entranced. She covered her eyes once or twice in the beginning, but that was it. By halfway through the movie, she could barely take her eyes off it. The only times she did was when something blew her mind. She would turn to me with her eyes round as quarters and her mouth open wide. At the end of it she was completely flabbergasted, and walked out of the theatre already making plans to be a Ghostbuster when she got home.
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Miss L says: I loved Ghostbusters! My favorite character was Abby, but Patty was good too. Kevin was awesome. I loved his accent. The motorcycle ride part was hilarious. There was no scary parts for me but some little kids might get scared, and I liked the fight scenes! I didn’t like it when the one Ghostbuster licked her guns, though. I thought that was gross! I really liked the appearance of the bad guys in the end, too. Especially when they came back for a second look. I told Mommy after we were done watching it that the only thing I didn’t like was that nobody got splattered with marshmallow. I would watch another one if they made it and my rating is FIVE STARS!
Overall, while my opinion of it wasn’t quite as high as Miss L’s, there’s no denying that Ghostbusters was a fun, (mostly) family-friendly film that was definitely a nice reason to get out of the house for. See it for yourself, buy Ghostbusters now on Amazon.