“Who you gonna call?” Kristen, Melissa, Kate and Leslie, that’s who!
Alright, let me start off by saying I’m a big fan of the original Ghostbusters movies and yes, like most people, I had my speculations going in. But those speculations turned into a pleasant surprise, and I’ll tell you up front I really enjoyed it.
Paul Feig made a risky move re-imagining one of the greatest movies to come out of the ’80s, but it just kinda…works. I’ll explain. Let’s break it down!
Like the old Ghostbusters, the chemistry between the main characters is clearly visible. What I really liked about the new Ghostbusters, though, is the relationship between Erin (Kristen Wiig) and Abby (Melissa McCarthy). They have a past, then a falling out, then get re-connected over their passion for the paranormal. Their friendship is relatable and their new bond with Jillian (Kate McKinnon) and Patty (Leslie Jones) completes their fierce ghost-catching crew. The four of them surprised me with their transformation into action heroes.
The casting is amazing and there was lots of laughter from the audience throughout the film. Not only were the main gals hilarious, but even the smaller roles were played by recognizable faces in the comedy world. I’d also like to point out Chris Hemsworth is SO GOOD. Comedy suits him. He plays a very believable hot/dumb receptionist and it totally works. Now maybe you’re wondering if all the jokes in the new Ghostbusters are the same from the old Ghostbusters. They aren’t. Of course, there are nods to iconic scenes from the past, but there is definitely new jokes and material riddled throughout the movie. And also, something I was hoping for from the beginning– cameos! There’s a good amount and they kind of catch you by surprise. There was lots of clapping anytime a familiar face popped up. That’s all I’m gonna say.
Let’s touch on the ghost aspect for a moment. The CGI is legit. It’s fun. I noticed a lot more jump scares in this film than back in the day. And it’s a little more gross. Yay gross stuff!
Final thought: I really got a kick out of the new Ghostbusters. It’s wild, entertaining, and an awesome summer flick. Go in knowing that this is in no way a sequel, but sort of a salute to the old-school film and loveable characters of the past. After all, doesn’t the past always come back to haunt you?