director Paul Feig
viewed: 07/17/2016 at the AMC Metreon 16, SF, CA
First and foremost, if you are going to hate this movie because of its female cast filling the re-boot, then fuck you. If you hate re-boots in general, fair enough. Hollywood is creatively bankrupt, ’tis true. But if you hate them because they are ladies, you are an imbecile.
The new Ghostbusters will never be as good as the original for one clear reason: it’s not an original film concept. Perhaps the most underappreciated thing about the original Ghostbusters (1984) was that it was an original concept by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, and as great as that movie was at the time, as fun as the characters were, coming up with something new for the cultural canon is something that the new Ghostbusters cannot begin to claim.
But you know what? It’s good. It’s fun. In a lot of ways, it’s quite refreshing to swap out your typical re-boot mentality by gender-swapping the leads (even though they are all new characters, not literal versions of the originals). Kate McKinnon is great, but so are Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. They’re a fun group and they are fun together.
My kids and I, we all enjoyed it, maybe my 12 year old daughter the most. The end gets a bit CGI-heavy, but what action/fantasy/science fiction movie these days manages to avoid that? It could have been funnier, sure, but what movie couldn’t be improved upon?
It’s good fun.