PG-13 | 1h 56min | Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Review - Matt Mungle
*In select theaters July 15th 2016*
Synopsis: 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: I ain't afraid of no ghost and I am not afraid to say how much I liked this reboot of the famous flick, GHOSTBUSTERS. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I was never married to the first one or possibly how much I adore this entire cast. Either way, it was a load of fun.
Erin (Kristen Wiig) is trying to put her paranormal past behind her but when some nasty ghouls start popping up around Manhattan she has no choice. She joins Abby (Melissa McCarthy), Jillian (Kate McKinnon), and Patty (Leslie Jones) to try and put the dead to rest. With sophisticated gadgets and a nose for the gnarly these women are up to the task and prove that even in fear you can be hilariously funny.
All four of these ladies are able to deliver the one liners and humor effortlessly. Comedy is no stranger to them and they embrace what they are best at. Many may view this as repetitive norm but for others who expect a certain flair will be excited to see it here. The script stays true to the original and although at times cartoonish it is consistent.I can not imagine walking away from this one without any sort of admiration.
Chris Hemsworth is as you have never seen him as the ditzy receptionist, Kevin. It is like a bizarro reverse world in which all stereotypes and gender roles from the 80s are turned upside down. There are many subtle, and not so subtle, jabs at the haters and those who think chicks can't chase ghosts.
The effects are not stellar but never did they distract me from the on screen happenings. It is easy to pick this apart frame by frame but in the end it is just a story about ghost hunters. At what point is that not silly? It has loads of laughs, adventure, action, and a script that has fewer holes than most.
GHOSTBUSTERS is rated PG-13 for supernatural action and some crude humor. For those who might scoff and say how the first was so clean and family friendly have either never seen it or only watched it edited for TV. This one is actually far cleaner and void of those 80's sex antics. Girls 11-16 will take the girl power to heart and like it more than anyone. I give it 3.75 out of 5 fish tanks. In fact I might be in the minority but I would rather watch it than the original.