Director: Paul Feig
Release Date: July 15, 2016
Summary (from IMDB): Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.
Review: 4 out of 5 Stars
Overall, I enjoyed the new Ghostbusters! The movie is full of laugh out loud moments and the chemistry of all four women is fantastic!
On their own, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones have shown time and time again that they can carry a comedic scene on their own. As a quartet, the comedy of the women truly shines. My favorite character was hands down Kate McKinnon as Holtzmann. McKinnon is absolutely exceptional here, and I feel like I only saw about half of what she did. That being said, I did feel, however, that Kate McKinnon’s character was reigned in quite a bit in an attempt to not steal every scene; she still managed to steal every scene.
If you are a fan of the 1984 original (as most comedy fans are), one of the things that is interesting as you watch this one is the way it echoes off of that film. It is no simple remake, but neither is it a radical reinvention of the core idea. It is simply a different riff on the same idea, with a solid dose of fan service thrown in to help make the transition from the old to the new.
The ghosts themselves – gorgeous, CGI-embellished, neon-glowing wraiths with real presence and unexpected shriek-then-laugh shock value – start flowing into the city thanks to the apocalyptic inclinations of Rowan (Neil Casey), a cellar-dwelling, toxic male nerd who wants to “bend the universe to his will.”
The rest of the film is gloriously ridiculous. The film is freewheeling, funny, and full of energy. It was always easy for me, while watching the film, to enjoy it without constantly comparing it to the original 1984 version.
One character that took me by surprise was Chris Hemsworth as Kevin, the team’s impossibly stupid receptionist who enjoys far more of a central role than Annie Potts ever did as Janine Melnitz. Kevin is responsible for many of the film’s biggest laughs as he struggles with simple tasks such as answering the phone or making coffee. Chris Hemsworth, just as he proved in his 5 minutes of screen time in the opening of Star Trek, is fully capable of stealing a show.
Go home and watch Ghostbusters. You will laugh, you will enjoy it, and you will reminisce about how much you love the original. I particularly recommend it if you find yourself taking a sick day to recover from a cold – it is very good when served with a side of tom kha gai soup.