It was always going to be a tough task to reboot the Ghostbusters as an entirely new franchise. Basically, you had to please fans of the original while opening it up to a whole next generation of potential audience members. This week, the product of that experiment opens in a reboot of Ghostbusters, which is co-written and directed by Paul Feig. Continuing a trend he’s had throughout his career, Feig opted to make this new film stand out by casting an all female main quartet. Of course, that led to some bizarre rage on the internet, but that’s just nonsense. I’ve seen the movie and really enjoyed it, so I’m all for his new take. Hopefully you will be too, since this flick deserves to be a hit!
The film follows a similar sort of plot to the original, though this works as more of an origin story for the new characters as well. We see how Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig), Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), and Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones) come together to become paranormal exterminators/investigators known as the Ghostbusters. It’s a good thing they’re around, too, since Rowan North (Neil Casey) is conjuring all of the worst spirits to this plane in order to cause some major chaos. Along with their dim witted secretary Kevin (Chris Hemsworth), the Ghostbusters are open for business! Feig co-writes with Katie Dippold and directs, while the rest of the cast, in addition to Jones, McCarthy, McKinnon, and Wiig, includes Ed Begley Jr., Nate Corddry, Charles Dance, Andy Garcia, Steve Higgins, Cecily Strong, Matt Walsh, Michael Kenneth Williams, Zach Woods, and many more. Yes, there’s also cameos by Dan Ackroyd, Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray, Annie Potts, and even Sigourney Weaver (as all new characters), in case you were wondering. Cinematography here is by Robert Yeoman, while the score is done by Theodore Shapiro. Everyone is doing solid work here, with one or two standouts, as I’ll cite below.
For me, Kate McKinnon is the clear highlight, though there’s plenty of things to like about this one. The whole cast has excellent chemistry with each other, in particular the four main women. Feig makes funny movies, so this unsurprisingly is a very amusing flick. It suffers a bit by not having a memorable villain, but it’s a worthy successor to the original and has the same sort of spirit, no pun intended, and […]