Movie Review: Ghostbusters

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Official Synopsis:

Thirty years after the original film took the world by storm, Ghostbusters is back and fully rebooted for a new generation. 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. Get ready to watch them save the world this summer!

Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.

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My Review (Short):

Definitely worth watching. Get rid of any preconceived notions you have about this movie: watch it. If you’re a fan of ghostbusters or if you’ve never seen anything related to it, do yourself a favor and watch this movie.

Spoilers Past This Point!

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My Review (Long):

I am obviously not the most qualified to analysis this movie. I cannot review it in a critical way because I am not a movie critic, I can’t explain to you why this, that or the other thing in the movie is or isn’t racist/sexist/whatever new controversy is springing up about the movie. I’m not even going to try to.

But I can review it in terms of enjoyment, which for most people, is an important thing. I did LOVE the movie though. I definitely think its worth going to see with friends or kids (its PG-13 but its very kid friendly, I mean, its Ghostbusters). Stop reading now if you don’t want to be spoiled. But go see the movie. Its great.

If you haven’t heard of the Ghostbusters remake, you have to have been living under a rock. It has been all over the news. Not only as a remake of a beloved 80’s film but as the first high profile action film with an all female (main) cast. The controversy surrounding this has been everywhere: whether its sexist/not sexist/reverse sexism, people saying they’ll see it to support women in action films, people boycotting on the principle that “a women can’t lead an action film”. You’ve heard of it. But the debate is pointless, because the movie is amazing.

The movie of course follows the same rough plotline as the original, it is a remake after all. But the way everything was put together was great. The effects were amazing, all the science sounded believable (then again I’m 16). The characters were all great: From Holzmann and her lovable craziness, Patty being well Patty, Abby and Erin’s friendship. It was great. Chris Hemsworth playing the bubbling secretary was amazing. Every character in this movie had me in stitches. There was no romance in the movie (unless you count Slimer and his girlfriend) but I (and every single one of my friends I went to see it with) walked out thinking Abby and Erin should have kissed (maybe in the sequel?)

There was a ton of throwbacks to the original:  the ECTO-1, slimer, the stay-puft marshmallow man… As well as cameos from a ton of original cast members. My favorite was Bill Murray, who played a recurring character who denied the existence of ghosts and set out to debunk the ghostbusters (ah…irony). We also had Dan Aykryod play a cab driver who refuses to drive them so far and claims “I ain’t a afraid of no ghosts”. It was great.

The soundtrack of the movie was phenomenal. Really. The movie was partially scripted, and partially improvised and its a testament to how great a cast they had that you literally could not tell the difference. I also liked how self-aware this movie was, among others, there are scenes where Erin reads youtube comments saying how girls couldn’t defeat ghosts (and worse things) that Abby tells her to ignore because they were wrong.

 

Some Articles:

IMDB

Opening Weekend Box Office

Who’s Afraid Of Female Ghostbusters

Then and Now

Outcry

Cameos and Easter Eggs

Mattel

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