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