I'll start out this review by writing very briefly about all the negative shit that seemed to circle the "reboot" of Ghostbusters. To summarize, I opted to ignore all of it. Some assclowns thought it prudent to shit on a film they'd never seen based on some ill-placed emotions and anger. I chose to not buy into any of the vitriol being spewed and instead waited to judge it myself. That being said, I'd be lying if I said I went into it free of any thoughts or opinions. In an effort to be completely transparent in this regard, I'll lay out what I had in mind beforehand. Firstly, I generally dislike Melissa McCarthy. Let me clarify by suggesting the "fat lady buffoon" roles she seems to gravitate toward got old rather quickly. I do like her in a few instances and that's exemplified by her standout role in St. Vincent opposite Bill Murray, where she was actually given substance and depth to work with. Next, I find Kate McKinnon to be incredibly annoying a lot of the time. I've spent some time watching clips of her doing thing on YouTube and just don't see the appeal. Regardless, she is so incredibly attractive - like insanely hot. Leave it to me to absolutely have a crush on a gay lady. Lastly in terms of actors, I figured Chris Hemsworth might take on the villainous role. I recall a scene in the international trailer for the film that hinted at it. Also, I predicted he would steal the show. Two final notes about the movie in general, I predicted the humour might be taken a lot further than the original considering it's been thirty years and also the "race card" would inevitably be played up because it's a mainstay in current film when a non-white actor is cast in a movie or show with a predominantly caucasian cast. Was I right about the predictions? Did my opinion on the cast change? Holy suspenseful, Batman!
Let's talk about the movie finally.
Ghostbusters was pretty fucking good. I really liked it and only have a few qualms with it. I'll get to them in a bit but first, a quick breakdown. In basic reboot format, the goal here was to introduce some new folks that would eventually bust some ghosts. The big twist in this reboot is that the four Ghostbusters would be ladies instead of the dudes that filled the shoes in the two previous movies. We have three super-smart ladies and one streetwise one rounding out the team. Basically, there's some backstory blah, blah, blah, and then the team has to bust some ghosts. I mean, what the hell else does the movie need to cover? Ghosts are definitely busted this time out, which pays homage to the original. It deviated from the original in a few ways outside of the lady cast though. Instead of a lady secretary, a really fucking stupid Thor was chosen. He's dumber than paint and was put on film to be eye-candy, but I can safely predict without officially knowing that Hemsworth was in on it and played the role perfectly. Truth be told, he stole every scene he was in. I predicted he might be the main antagonist but missed the mark in a good way. Back onto plot; a creepy weirdo guy is the main villain. Using information and theories provided in a book written by the two main character ladies, creepy guy wants to create the "fourth cataclysm" and unleash a whole bunch of ghosts to New York. Oh snap - plot twist! Speaking of the main characters, I'm quite pleased that both (McCarthy and Wiig) played their roles well. Wiig swooned over Hemsworth basically the entire time and she got slimed a lot. McCarthy wasn't pigeonholed as the "fat lady buffoon" which made me so happy. Her character was far removed from it and even gets taken over by a baddie ghost which mirrors what happened to Ray in Ghostbusters II! That was pretty great.
On a sad note, I was unfortunately correct in my assumption regarding the humour. It unnecessarily went further than the original and was clearly geared for delivery specifically by ladies. I'm not surprised by any means, but was hoping it wouldn't be so damned obvious. I think the best example of this was when a weirdly out-of-place joke about a queef (vagina fart) was said by an annoying Kate McKinnon. It was apparent that the ladies in the theatre were the ones laughing but I didn't find it funny and moments like this didn't mesh with the tone of the film. I was hoping McKinnon wouldn't be the "quirky" one (read: the most annoying) in the movie, but my hopes were dashed pretty early on. Also, I correctly predicted an emphasis on "I'm the black lady" given to the black lady (Leslie Jones). Extra attention was paid to her not being white AND being a lady in one super-lame line. The line appeared in the trailer and it could be looked up should one care enough. I don't. Finally, my only other real issue with the movie (without really spoiling anything) was a weird scene involving an actual cartoon. It didn't fit and I can't wrap my head around why it was used at all.
There was a lot that went absolutely right in this movie. To the keen eye, one can spot a bust tribute to Harold Ramis which was absolutely fantastic. Where Indiana Jones And Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull sullied the memory of Marcus by having his statue demolished, it seems that Ghostbusters opted to stay classy. Some cameos and notable appearances were drizzled throughout the film and I have to mention that Andy Garcia played a great mayor of New York. I also have to mention the effects and gadgets. I think the CGI was really well used. The ghosts looked fantastic. I saw the film in 3D and if I haven't made my view on 3D known in the past, I'll sum it up: 3D fucking sucks and ruins most movies. Adding to tonight's experience, I was weirdly okay with it in this film. On a very specific sound effects note, the proton packs had the recognizable warm-up sound which put a very big smile on my face. Gadgets created and used throughout the movie were inventive, looked great, and made the final battle of the film pretty exciting. In a big deviation from the original films, the gadgets seemed to provide a way to "kill" the ghosts. The trap concept played out once like the original movie but was thrown to the wayside for more creative doodads in the reboot. Speaking of gadgets, in a fun nod to the original movie Kate McKinnon's proton pack shows "1984" on the electronic screen during that final battle. Obviously the original was released that year. Ooh, fun!
I'm glad I kept myself removed from the silliness that surrounded Ghostbusters because I was able to genuinely enjoy this reboot. It seems that Hollywood has some shit luck when attempting to reinvigorate franchises and it makes me happy that this one didn't suffer the same fate. Whether it be nostalgia or being introduced to the universe for the first time, go see this movie. Despite the couple issues I had with it overall, I look forward to seeing it again on the big screen in 3D. This is Tim signing off, asking "Who You Gonna Call?"!