Friday, July 15, 2016

Ghostbusters Review - A Summer Blockbuster Hit!

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Photo Credit: Sony Pictures
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Who You Gonna Call?!? Ghostbusters!!! This summer blockbuster is a hit in my book!!!

First, I want to start out by discussing the movie's bad press. For nearly a year, there has been so much negativity about the film since they announced the all female cast. So much so, that people are boycotting the film, etc...I have to admit that it seemed a little crazy to me too as a Ghostbusters fan that there would be an all female cast, but I was looking forward to seeing the movie so I could judge for myself. And now that I have, I'd like to advise any of you to see it for yourself too. If you were going to boycot, don't! You'll miss what is likely to be the summer's best blockbuster!

30 years after the original film, Ghostbusters is back and fully rebooted for a new generation to enjoy. Director Paul Feig combines all the paranormal fighting elements that made the original franchise so beloved with a cast of new characters, played by the funniest actors working today. Feig and Melissa McCarthy had their breakout stardom roles in the hit Bridesmaids. They seem to work well together and I think that Feig brings out the best in Melissa McCarthy. I am a fan of hers, but there have been some recent movies she starred in that were trainwrecks. This isn't one of them! She has all the personality and her mannerisms present in this film playing her character, Abby Yates.

Kristen Wiig, Katie McKinnon and Leslie Jones round out this funny female cast. They are each hilarious in their own roles. I adored the brainy and respectable physicist Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) and her "drool-crush" on our eye-candy dumb-as-a-box-of-rocks receptionist Kevin (Chris Hemsworth). This element of the film poked fun at the sexism that exists in the world and it was just brilliant. Kate McKinnon was my pleasant surprise of the night...her role as the eccentric inventor, Jillian Holtzmann had me engaged in her performance. Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones) is the New York City expert from history and geography...she knows how to get around NYC. Her performance is flawless.

Ghostbusters had all the elements we love from the previous films...Slimer, Stay Puft, the library opening and so so much more. (Don't want to spoil it all!) The addition of  Dan Akroyd and Ivan Reitman as producers of this film was great and I am sure this led to the success of the reboot. 

Personally, I deducted the 1/2 of point because it isn't perfect, no, the climax is a little weak. Plus, I would have preferred a continuation/sequel of sorts with history of our original Ghostbusters, but as a reboot this works. It was highly entertaining, funny and nostalgic. The graphics are so much better than the technology we had 30 years ago. 

This movie is something you can take the school-aged kids too because most of the ghosts aren't overly scary. There are a few jumpy moments, but kids who are familiar with the original films or playing Ghostbusters LEGO Dimensions will love it. Word of caution, there is some mild language and hand gesture (middle-finger scene) that exists, but it wan't anything I would shy my kids away from. 

It is my favorite summer movie (so far) and I walked away thinking...I LOVED it! The trailers did not do this movie justice nor did all the negative press. I adored the female leads and the cameos...oh the cameos (don't want to spoil them), but YES YES YES!!! I will say that I was instantly nostalgic over the great Harold Ramos. Make sure you stay through all of the credits...they do dedicate this to him and look for a bust of him early on in the film. Looks like a sequel might be in their future too!

~Reviewed by Jackie Landy~

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