To say the all-female Ghostbusters reboot has been controversial wouldn’t fully encompass the overall reaction to it. From the moment the film was announced, fans of the original franchise have been tearing this one down. So much so the initial trailer was met with so many thumbs down, I think it broke a record. Would those fans actually put their prejudices aside and give it a fair shot? Probably not, but the movie itself is witty. Perfect? Maybe not, but it sure is a fun ride.
Erin Gilbert (Kristin Wiig) is a stuffy professor at Columbia University hoping for tenure. Her life plan comes to a halt after an old ghost-enthusiast friend, Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), finds her way back into her life. After seeing a full apparition, Erin joins Abby and her colleague Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) to prove ghosts are real. With the help of MTA worker/NYC know-it-all Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones), these women take on some pretty ghastly ghouls as they try to save the world from evil.
While the theater wasn’t bursting with laughter at all times, there were some pretty hilarious moments and a lot of funny one-liners to keep you entertained. There were also plenty of jabs at the naysayers. Jokes about not listening to the crazies in the comment sections and women fighting ghosts were scattered throughout the film. Chris Hemsworth was great playing the extremely dimwitted receptionist that was more of eye-candy for the ladies rather than a integral member. The Ghostbusters themselves all did a great job but the stand outs were Jones and McKinnon. The two current SNL cast members were definitely given the best material. McKinnon would just have a look on her face that would crack everyone up.
The plot follows similarly to the original, which is probably a huge critique to some. I saw it more as a way for them to include great nods to the original film. There were great cameos by the entire cast of the former films. It was truly exciting for the audience to see Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and some other familiar faces, including Slimer. Those moments of cameos and subtle throwbacks to the 1984 film were most enjoyable for the audience.
It honestly felt that the entire theater was happy with it. That includes the many fans dressed in full Ghostbuster costumes. The ones who would probably be most critical. The film was met with a roaring applause at the end and theatergoers left with smiles on their faces. It was entertaining and a great way to get younger generations enticed to marathon the old films. I definitely think it’s worth paying to see, knowing what I know now.
Also make sure to stick around for the credits.