Ghostbusters Does More Than Bring Busts to Lead Roles
This movie was almost perfect for it’s genre, a comedy/sci-fi/horror/action/…thingy. Let’s do the list:
Fart Jokes: check
Cameos: check, check, check, check, check, check…and check (RIP Harold Ramos…look for a bust…a statue, that is).
Robert Rodriguez style slomo action sequence: check
Urgent talking fake sciencey stuff: check
Perfect comedic timing: check
This is indeed a reboot, but it makes it perfectly clear that while everyone (and the movie itself) highly respects the original, this is a new story with new characters. No one fits a prior mold. There are more than enough nods to all 4 original Ghostbusters, supporting characters, and their films. The cameos, old sets, and symbols are all there. We even have a similar beginning, with a similar formula, but this is a faster-paced joy-ride to new styles, special effects, ghostbusting tech, and story-lines that still fit in the comfort of the home universe of the original.
I expected a lot from Melissa McCarthy, and she more than delivered. I honestly knew nothing about the rest, and I was pleasantly surprised. Kristen Wiig rivaled McCarthy’s banter, and Leslie Jones, while relying too heavily at times on shouting for comedy, brought some comedic timing and physicality in, too, but Kate McKinnon shines the most with her eccentric portrayal of Holtzmann, a less shy female Garth from Wayne’s World with the sex drive and preference of Peter Venkman. Yes, guys, that’s right! Even Chris Hemsworth stands out as a prominent comedian in his scenes, which are largely improved, as Director, Paul Feig often encourages. The onscreen chemistry is so amazing that not only do you have fun watching it, but you can tell they all had fun making it.
There were some times when I thought we could have slowed the movie down a bit more for some ominous scariness in the skies to capture more of the beautiful architecture of the film (which we got in the beginning a bit), or a zoom in on some of the close calls that are sometimes glossed over, but what it lacks in those areas, it makes up for in comedy gold with spots of platinum.
The effects seemed to favor the color green a bit much, but I like Slimer, anyway. The music was updated, but nothing terribly special, aside from the classic Ray Parker Jr. theme.
What’s brilliant, is the social commentary on the masses who were already misogynistically mouthing off about it before it even came out. *Spoiler Alert!!!* When “Homeland Security” comes in, they basically tell the girls that they, and everyone else, don’t want to see them being Ghostbusters. By the end they prove themselves to Homeland Security (Come on, that’s not really a spoiler), and the actresses prove themselves to the masses, in my opinion.
The big question is, was this movie as good as the original? I’m here to tell you, it was not.
This reboot was better.