Thursday, July 14, 2016

Movie Review: Ghostbusters (2016)

The rebooted paranormal comedy is a great reimagining of the classic film. The film rides its raucous energy right through to the credits with top-notch comics and stunning special effects. It's ridiculous this film received so much backlash but I think once general audiences see it, it will garner the appropriate praise it deserves. The story is merely backdrop for the hilarious cast to do what they do best enhanced by special effects that actually utilize the 3-D technology. 

The story is only partly similar to the originals but takes its own course with Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) working for tenure at Columbia University when she is confronted by a scared museum house owner because she once published a book on ghosts. This book brings her to her co-author and old friend Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy). Abby has proceeded with her ghost-hunting finding a new assistant in Jillian Holtzman (Kate McKinnon). They lose their funding and set up a business to hunt for ghosts. A nefarious plot is afoot and when subway attendant Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones) stumbles upon it, she brings it to the attention of the three physicists.

The cast was great with chemistry and well-delivered jokes. Wiig is funny as she tries to be taken serious, McCarthy takes the lead and excels in her physical comedy. McKinnon is easily the breakout star from her role as the goofy Holtzman inventing weapons to trap ghosts. Jones brings a brash hilarity that makes her paranormal pursuit to a new comedic level. Chris Hemsworth appears as the brainless hunk Kevin and shows a surprising adroitness in a comedic role. 

The plot takes on the internet trolls who are no doubt flooding aggregate review sites before the general release with a host of bad reviews that appear to be from viewers offended by women taking on a role. I thought the movie exceeded my expectations and was the most fun I've had since the start of summer. I highly recommend going to see this movie for fans of comedy and the original films.

Another thing I really enjoyed about this film was the great use of the 3-D. The ghosts jump out in your face and slime sprays out from the screen in ways I haven't yet seen. Paul Feig did a great job turning to the special effects to add to a film that was already funny and enjoyable to watch. Also, keep an out for all the great cameos that pay homage to the predecessor and highlight a great cast of comedy actors. Ghostbusters is a great reboot!

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