With so much negative press before the movie came out, I was pleasantly surprised by how funny and memorable it was. I give it an A-.
Years after the government claimed the prior ghost sightings in New York weren’t real, four women try to understand why ghosts are coming out of the woodwork, literally. Erin Gilbert (Kristin Wiig) wants her paranormal research past to disappear. She seeks out her former best friend, Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) who is working with nuclear engineer, Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) but only gets drawn into the mess happening in New York. Subway worker Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones) and Kevin (Chris Hemsworth) round out the team.
As a big fan of the original Ghostbusters movies, I wasn’t sure I would enjoy the movie. The two trailers that came out before-hand didn’t help. This isn’t a copy of the original but tells its own unique story. While the concept is the same and many of the original cast show up for cameos, the girls hold their own in this retelling. Fans of the original movie have to give it a chance. After all, how many reboots of Star Trek has there been?
But fans of the original will love the nods to the past from the scenes with Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Annie Potts, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver. Each character they play ties directly to the first movie’s characters and there’s even a cameo by Harold Ramis. Even many of the original ghosts arrive in New York again including Slimer who has a hottie by his side in this one!
Kate McKinnon steals the movie with her zingers and crazy antics. Melissa McCarthy is more of the straight guy and without any fat jokes. The movie is funny with less sexual humor which makes Ghostbusters a movie for the whole family.
Make sure you stay for the after credits scene and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for all the cameos. It’s a movie I will be seeing again, just for that fact alone!
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