Ghostbusters is a re-imagining of the classic 1984 film by the same name. It follows a group of heroines as they try to save NYC from being overrun by ghosts.
Pro – It’s Entertainment
At its core, this is an entertaining midsummer movie. The cast is fantastic. These four ladies have the comedy chops to make a two-hour movie about detasseling entertaining. Kate McKinnon is getting a lot of praise, but for me, Leslie Jones steals the show. The movie is full of cameos, some better than others, but fans of the original will be rewarded with plenty of “Easter eggs.” It’s a funny movie with quite a few laugh-out-loud moments, though some of the funniest moments were spoiled by the trailers. It’s certainly a different style of humor than the original, but that doesn’t mean worse. The visuals are good, and the story is serviceable. The effects look excellent, and it sounds great on the big screen.
Con – What are you?
If you’ve seen the first Ghostbusters, this is going to be a confusing film. This film is not a successor to the first two; rather it’s a remake/re-imagining of the first one. There is no connection to what went before it. That said, this film is LOADED with references to the first film. There are cameos from most of the old actors (in different roles), proton packs, Slimer, “meta” jokes, Gozar, and even a building that creates a “evil cloud roof” that looks exactly like the one in the first movie. If they wanted this film to be its own thing and stand on its own two legs, then why include all this? If it wants to tie in with the first films so badly, then why not have this be the next generation of Ghostbusters with a connection to the past? It makes no sense. It’s like watching a different group of hobbits run around Middle Earth trying to get a ring past Sauron.
Con – Fanboy hate
This con is all on me. The original Ghostbusters is my favorite comedy of all time. My problem with this film is not that the old cast didn’t get back together; it’s not that it has an all-female cast (they’re great). It’s that the original Ghostbusters didn’t need a Ghostbusters II, and it certainly didn’t need a reboot. The first film was lightning in bottle. It’s not a perfect movie, but it is a perfect comedy about catching ghosts. It’s hilarious, it’s exciting, the onscreen chemistry is amazing, and it somehow feels realistic, for being about a group of crackpot scientists trying to stop a paranormal invasion of New York City. When something touches greatness like that, what follows can’t help but pale in comparison. Nobody ever talks about the 1984 men’s Olympic hockey team.
It’s summer fun, and best enjoyed on the big screen.