Director Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters, a reboot of the 1984 comedy classic, is a worthy chapter in the franchise and more than makes up for Ghostbusters 2. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones capture the persona of the original characters beautifully but with a modern touch.
The new Ghostbusters team begins with Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) and Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) as scientists. Gilbert is a particle physicist while Yates, Gilbert’s close friend, is an expert in the paranormal. As ghost sightings ramp up, they team with Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), a nuclear engineer who winds up creating the team’s tech. Like the first film, the three brainiacs of the group are the first to deal with an apparition. Erin, who has given up on ghosts, changes her tune when she winds up covered in green slime. Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones), is the history buff who knows just about everything that has happened in New York City, and winds up playing an important role connected to an early supernatural encounter.
They are helped by a stupid male secretary called Kevin (Chris Hemsworth). That dumb-male twist felt like a shot fired at males in general, they are basically dumb and women are smart, but hey, I was cool with it. Hemsworth had some very funny scenes but, I could have done with more funny stuff within the action sequences themselves.
All the Ghostbusters were funny in their own special way but Jones, Wiig, and McKinnon stood out the most to me. Jones’ character was like the voice of reason and she joins the Ghostbusters thinking it’s some kind of club. That made her character even funnier, because when things got scary she wasn’t having it, but we find out just how brave she really is. Wiig’s character was like a fusion of Aykroyd’s Ray Stantz and Bill Murray’s Peter Venkman. She would constantly get slimed and at times her character would be hysterical; she was also the test dummy for the first use of the proton packs (much like Aykroyd’s character). McKinnon is the film’s biggest and quirkiest standout. Her character is in many ways the second coming of the late Harold Ramis’ lovable genius Egon. She has a kind of limber improv-ish eccentricity and natural comedy that is the closest in spirit to Bill Murray from the first film. Not that such comparisons are necessary or desirable. All the Ghostbusters have that quality of lovability that is most prominent when they are united in adversity.
Many of the first film’s stars are back for cameos that boil down to fan service, but hey, I’ll take it. Cameos included all previous Ghostbusters, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, and Slimer even makes a few appearances. The cameos were great, the only thing that bothered me was that the original Ghostbusters were all new characters but later I realized that their original characters would not have fit in the movie; with the exception of Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts. I do believe their original characters would have fit quite nicely in the film.
Ghostbusters feels like they tried too hard, or that it was an experiment to see if something like this would actually work. There are times where it’s just naturally funny, some jokes may seem forced but for the most part, the jokes sound legit.
Ghostbusters gets an 6/10!!