You’d be hard pressed to name another film in recent history that has experienced as much pre-release resistance, hate and dismissal as Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters. Since the reboot was announced, many fans of the 1984 version were up in arms at the very thought of another film, perceiving it as an insult to the original cast and crew, not to mention childhood memories everywhere. Oh, and there were of course those who felt outraged at the very thought of females donning the Ghostbusters uniform…because sexism.
Well as it turns out, they were freaking out for nothing.
Director Paul Feig and writer Katie Dippold have done a fine job at honouring the original and introducing the Ghostbusters to a new generation, with the help of some very funny ladies.
In terms of story, the reboot doesn’t stray too far from the original, which is both a good thing and disappointing depending on how attached you were to the first film. While there were plenty of opportunities for the Feig and Dippold to forge new paths in terms of story, their version was still perfectly entertaining as a visually improved, modern take on the first. I love a good blockbuster that delivers on its promise, and Ghostbusters is funny, packed with inspiring special effects and gifted with the funniest comedians working today.
Let’s just get one thing straight: Kate McKinnon is a gift to this world and most of us don’t even know it. The SNL star has made headlines with her impressions of the Biebs, Ellen and Hillary Clinton, but it’s even more of a joy to see her spreading her wings in a major movie role. As Jillian Holtzmann, McKinnon is wonderfully weird, perfectly bizarre and a frequent scene-stealer. While she wasn’t making me laugh-out-loud (it was more nervous, uncomfortable yet intrigued giggles), she managed to give the ‘mad-scientist’ trope a unique edge.
It would be a crime to not mention how surprisingly spot on Chris Hemsworth’s comedic timing was. As the dim-witted receptionist Kevin Beckman, Hemsworth was a clear standout no matter who he was sharing a scene with. Failing at every simple task before him, Kevin is the character that elicits the film’s biggest laughs, something I certainly wasn’t expecting given the comedy heavyweights he was working with.
From its impactful opening to the entertaining final showdown, Ghostbusters is a worthy watch. I’d certainly be down for a second trip to the cinema, and a second film.