Ghostbusters (2016)

 

I watched the 1984 classic as a child (scared me shitless!) giggling at how scatty they were but how they always used to pull it together and save the city, and now they’ve done it again.I was primed to love this film ever since there was a whisper about the possibility two years ago. When more information unfolded that it wouldn’t be the original cast, some sighed, when they mentioned there would be women cast as the characters many were up in arms, which only made me love it more. Stick it to the man, Girls!

I was primed to love this film ever since there was a whisper about the possibility two years ago. A fresh, youthful, modern adaptation was to emerge on the screens.

When more information unfolded that it wouldn’t be the original cast, some sighed , when they mentioned there would be women cast as the characters many were up in arms, which only made me love it more. Melissa McCarthy has that quick-humored character that can make anything funny. Kristen Wiig utilizes her arsenal of eccentric and unconventional comedy. Rising stars Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones add to the chemistry driven team, whose outstanding work has been the best features on Saturday Night Live.  Stick it to the man, Girls!

Their individual, cooky characters,though unaligned they may be, make them the perfect team.  Stick it to the man, Girls!

And no, it isn’t the disaster movie the internet claimed it would be and was everything and more that I expected it to be. The backstory : Years before, Dr. Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) and Dr.Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) collaborated a far-fetched book about the paranormal and paranormal occurrences, only to be discovered by Erin it has been republished now by Abby, just as she is awaiting tenure at Columbia University, which could seriously damage her career. When Erin meets Abby again, Abby has continued her research and with the supernatural and paranormal with an eccentric engineer Dr. Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon). Erin encourages Abby to aid her with an investigation of a paranormal cry for help in exchange for removing the book from existence… and so the teams beginnings unfold.

New addition to the team underground worker Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones) who witnesses a ghost in the subway contacts the team who later take her on as a fountain of NewYork knowledge and because she can provide transport for the heavy gear Jillian creates. Kevin Beckman (Chris Hemsworth) is hired as the new receptionist based mostly on his quirkiness and his beauty that casts a spell on Erin. Kevin’s “dumb bimbo” reversal stereotype is refreshing and one of the funniest sidekick parts I have seen for a while.

Kate McKinnon really brings her character to life almost to the point where it overtakes all of the others, with a real injection of originality. She makes the character her own and not a copy of the originals.

The film is constantly reminding you of the 1984 classic with cameos from Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts, using them as slight nods of added nostalgia rather than imposing on the new story.

As much as I maybe slated for my description of this version as “superb”, I really do think they have done something great with the story, adding new and exciting attributes to the Ghostbusters franchise. To say they are better than the original would be treason, but to say “its great” in its own individuality as a stand-alone film, is not enough.

 

 

 

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  1. B says:

    I’m so glad to read that I wasn’t the only one terrified by the Ghostbusters movie when I was little! I took all that ghost-hunting waaaay too seriously.

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