Review – Ghostbusters (2016)
Who you gonna call? Not Bill Murray anymore. No, instead, 2016 marks the debut of a new set of rebooted Ghostbusters: an all female, all badass crew of ghostcatchers.
The Ghostbusters reboot is surprisingly good; I use the word “surprisingly” because, well, let’s face it – the trailers looked less than desirable. They were hampered by misdirection (insinuating that the film would be a continuation of Murray’s team) and poor CGI. Thankfully, trailers are often misleading, and the new film contained neither of those.
Which means that, yes, for once, I am saying that the CGI in a film looked good. It looked really good, actually. Hell has just frozen over. You win this one, Ghostbusters. Good game. Fans of the original have many familiar apparitions to look forward to, Stay Puft Marshmallow Man included. And he looks great here. Slimer as well has been given a computerized makeover, and, I still can’t believe I am writing this, looks great as well. Technology sure has come a long way.
The story is as simple as it needs to be and doesn’t bombard you with complicated plotlines or overbearing dramatics. Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) is trying to move on from her past as a paranormal researcher while trying to further her career as a professor. But when her old partner in crime Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) starts heavily marketing an old and embarrassing book on the paranormal co-written by the two of them, she travels down the path of Busting once more. This time, though, they are joined by genius engineer Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) and smart-mouthed, street smart New Yorker Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones). The paranormal activity in the City that Never Sleeps rises to a boiling point, and it’s up to the four of them – and maybe their incredibly dimwitted male assistant Kevin (Chris Hemsworth) – to save New York.
Writer Paul Feig has been given an insufferable amount of grief for casting team of women Ghostbusters (which is also funny, being that the film was co-written by a woman, Kate Dippold), but to the haters I have one thing to say:
The new team is equal parts hilarious and kickass, and while some of the dialogue may be a bit corny at times, it never loses its sense of fun or direction. There is nothing not to love about this new Ghostbusters film. It’s a ton of fun, plain and simple. I left the theater smiling, and that no doubt has to do with the four leads of this movie absolutely killing their performances. The best kind of movies are those where it’s completely apparent that everyone involved were having the time of their lives, and Kate McKinnon radiates her enthusiasm like a strange and quirky blast of ectoplasm. It appears as if she is relishing in her bizarre character quirks in every frame, giving it so much enthusiasm that one can’t help but smile at her, no matter how reluctant those smiles may be.
The original film is never out of reach throughout the two-hour running time of the 2016 reboot, with self-referencing jokes abound and a cameo from every original key player of the 1984 film, Harold Ramis included. No, he’s not a Coachella hologram, but they do give him a special memorial nonetheless. Blink and you’ll miss it, but he’s there. Only Rick Moranis is missing, but hey – you can’t have everything, now can you? Dan Aykroyd’s hilarious inclusion almost makes up for it.
I’ll say it again: Ghostbusters is excruciatingly fun. Put aside your apprehensions and give it a try. You may find yourself surprised.
The Geeked Gods Score: 4/5.