Written by Ben Beck
After 30 years, Ghostbusters returns to the big screen rebooted with a fresh new cast, new story and new laughs. 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!
Now I will fully admit I was a skeptic… when the project of a Ghostbusters reboot was announced, I was not too happy with the idea. It had nothing to do with the fact that the cast would be all women, but more so because the original film was and is such a classic. I didn't want anyone to touch the franchise as to not risk tainting it. Fast forward to the release of the first trailer and while not the greatest, my opinion startest to shift a bit. Then the more and more trailers, TV spots and clips I saw, the more I grew to want to give the film a chance. Now after finally getting to see the film, I'm excited to say that I'm glad I did!
THE CAST: While haters showed their sexist tendencies and complained about an all female cast, normal people who aren't internet trolls can't deny that the cast is a powerhouse of funny women. While it may seem like an SNL reunion of women in Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon (with Melissa McCarthy in addition), these ladies certainly shine on screen. Wiig shines thru as the brilliant comedianne that she is and while McCarthy tends to get typecast into the same kind of comedic roles, this film certainly gives her a chance to shake the slapstick-esc roles we're used to seeing her in. That's not to say there aren't a few moments in the film that she falls back into it, but you can't fault the director and the writers for leaving her a moment or two to do what she's good at. The real standouts in my opinion though are the newcomers breaking away from television, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. Both women prove that they are a force to be reckoned with in comedy films and can hold their own side by side with the experienced Wiig and McCarthy. Jones fits into her urban city worker role extremely well and McKinnon plays just the right kind of awkward that it is absolutely hysterical at time. The surprise in all though is the stand out performance by Chris Helmsworth as the ladies male, and totally moronic, new secretary. While he usually plays the heroic roles, he proved that he has got comedy in his blood as well. Take this great cast and throw in some other supporting cast in addition and it proves to be a strong ensemble.
THE STORY: Putting four funny women in a movie is one thing, but the film is still nothing without strong and funny writing to support them, and Ghostbusters doesn't fail in providing that. Within the first 2 minutes of the movie, I was already laughing and the laughs never seemed to stop. Filled with everything from light chuckles to full on belly laughs, Ghostbusters really delivers on the comedy that is only enhanced by the cast. And while there are a few small similarities to the original film from 1984, the story is a fresh new rebooted take on the tale. However that's not to say that the movie doesn't pay homage to its predecessor. In a number of small nods throughout the film, fans of the original will certainly be grinning with a huge smile when these instances come up. Even members of the original cast (including a certain marshmallow man... maybe) play a part in adding to the nostalgia of the film. But even with all the moments that take you back to the original, the story is a brand new story all of it's own.
Bottom line, internet haters take heed... YOU WERE WRONG!!! Ghostbusters is a fresh new take that gives new life to a classic franchise. Don't believe the hate, form your own opinion and see the film for yourself. Even if you've never seen the original Ghostbusters from the 80's, take comforting in knowing that you can still highly enjoy this film since the story is brand new. I look forward to hearing the stories of how a whole new generation ain't afraid of no ghosts.
7.5 out of 10
Review written by Steve Richards
The “buddy cop” movie can be a fickle beast in Hollywood. The combination of a rapport between two stars, a touch of light-hearted humor, and an intriguing story must mesh perfectly to stand out among the rest. Succeed, and you have a Lethal Weapon franchise on your hands. Fail, and you have White Chicks.
“The Nice Guys” — which is the latest buddy cop rendition from writer and director Shane Black — brings together chemistry, comedy, and crime to create a fun night out for the audience.
Ryan Gosling, who plays a troubled private investigator in 1970s Los Angeles named Holland March, is the standout star. March is originally hired to find adult film star Misty Mountains, but later changes his pursuit to a runaway teenager named Amelia (Margaret Qualley) as the clues lead him in that direction.
Gosling plays what is almost a slapstick comedy character, and he does it so well I had to check his credits to see if he played the role before. The Gos is full of physical comedy and one-liners, keeping the audience laughing throughout the film.
Although it is for a very different reason, also searching for Amelia is Jackson Healy (played by Russell Crowe). Healy is more of an intimidating investigator, solving the case with his head rather than his instinct.
Crowe proves to be an excellent complement to Gosling, as the New Zealander delivers his humor in a much dryer way. He also carries the action scenes in a way that Gosling is unable to.
Healy plays the tough guy, while March plays the pretty boy. Both men get the job done in their own way, making a team that is easy for the audience to root for. That formula works in movies like these, and Shane Black is more than familiar with it. The writer of Lethal Weapon, Black proves this isn’t his first rodeo with both the script and direction. It would be understandable to have some expectations heading into the theater; the way I see it “The Nice Guys” at least meets those and leaves any fan of the genre walking away satisfied.
There are a ton of one-liners in the film, and certainly not all of them land the way they were intended when written. You’ll find yourself hard-pressed to not get at least a chuckle every few scenes however, and a few scenes are laugh-out-loud funny the whole way through. The story could be tighter, but the movie has a much bigger comedy tone than crime tone, so the writing was good enough to keep my interest. The action isn’t anything groundbreaking, but it’s mixed in well to keep the audience captivated.
The movie is rated “R,” and you’ll understand why from the very first scene. That’s the best way to make a comedy in my opinion, and I appreciate the fact none of the content is watered down. Makes for a better laugh.
In all “The Nice Guys” isn’t the best date night movie, but if you’re looking for a movie with some star power that also has a solid mix of laughs and action, I would recommend it. The end was also left open, and I mean wide open, for a sequel. Hopefully it can get made.
OFFICIAL REVIEW: 7 OUT OF 10
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Deadpool is childish, absurd, juvenile, vulgar… and is worth every brilliant second!!!
Directed by Tim Miller and based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. Also starring Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, Gina Carano and TJ Miller.
This Rated R (borderline NC-17) Marvel film is just what the comic book fans have been waiting to see, especially when it comes to a proper depiction of the character. Ryan Reynolds (who also co-produces the film) has been waiting 10 years for a proper telling of this character’s origin and it was well worth the wait. Also, the studio couldn’t have chosen a better person than Reynolds himself to play the role. From the first 30 seconds of this movie’s opening, you are already laughing and the laughs just continue all the way thru to the end of the film. However, that’s not to say that the film can’t find its moments of seriousness when it needs to. It’s a great balance of humor, action, and story-telling, something many films tend to miss the mark on. Also, when it comes to explaining the actual origin of the character, the film does a great job in making it easy to understand and comprehend that even viewers not familiar with the character will be able to easily follow and have fun.
The R rating that this film was given is its saving grace. While some may not like the vulgar and crude take on a comic book movie making it difficult to bring younger children to enjoy, the character of Deadpool in all of his true, childish glory would not have been able to shine properly on the screen without the rating that it was given. While fun and hilarious, it is certainly not a movie for younger kids. In fact, you can tell that Reynolds and Miller definitely pushed the limits of that R Rating by seeing just how much they could get away with. I for one, feel that a more adult movie is just what comic book fans needed today. While I enjoy the rest of the Marvel cinematic catalog, sometimes it’s easy to see that the films are catering to a younger demographic and I feel like Deadpool is a great change of pace.
Lastly, you can’t forget the rest of the cast of characters this film has along for the ride. From Morena Baccarin as Vanessa (the unconventional yet fitting love of Wade’s life) all the way to the villains played by Ed Skrein (who plays Ajax, the man responsible for Deadpool) and Gina Carano (Angel Dust, lieutenant to Ajax). Helping Deadpool along the way we also find Brianna Hildebrand (Negasonic Teenage Warhead- Coolest name EVER) and Stefan Kapicic (Colossus). Lastly we can’t forget about TJ Miller (Weasel) who, next to Reynolds, provides most of the hysterical comic relief this movie has.
Bottom line… Deadpool is a great departure from the typical comic book movie and is worth seeing if not worth seeing multiple times. Trust me, it may take those multiple times to catch all of the pop culture references and 4th wall breaks that this movie stuffs into it. It’s vulgar, it’s violent and it’s just plain fun. I know I’m someone who is easy to please when it comes to films but I’ve thought long and hard about it since seeing it and I can’t think of one negative thing I could throw at it. Maybe that will change upon multiple viewings but for now that’s the case. That being said I can only think of one rating I can give this movie…
OFFICIAL RATING: PERFECT 10 OUT OF 10
Trainwreck is raunchy, it’s dirty… and I loved every minute of it.
If you are a fan of Amy Schumer and her brand of straight forward comedy, then Trainwreck is a movie you are going to love. Staring alongside Schumer is SNL alum Bill Hader who definitely holds his own against Amy as well as adding his own comedic charm to his role. Throw in a great supporting cast made up of Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Vanessa Bayer, Dave Attell, and a nice handful of other up and coming comedians and you’ve got a cast that really holds this whole film together nicely. However, besides Amy and Bill, the surprise stand out is NBA star LeBron James who definitely holds his own in this cast of comedic chops.
Trainwreck hits on every level. It most certainly makes you laugh, it will make you cry, and at times will even make you feel completely uncomfortable but in the most fun way. It’s a movie that you’ll want to see twice just to see what jokes you missed the first time around from laughing through them. Her first time as a leading lady, Amy Schumer has a sure fire hit on her hands!
OFFICIAL REVIEW = 8 out of 10