Muscling in between the superhero epics and Sundance dramas this summer is another franchise reboot. However, “Ghostbusters” is worth getting excited over. Directed by Paul Feig and starring four of the funniest women in comedy today, there is no way this film can lose—except by snubbing of purists who cry, “This film is ruining my childhood!”
Even those of you who don’t go as far as that but still have a strong love for the original, you should reconsider. “Ghostbusters” has managed to capture the elusive “golden snitch” of franchise reboots—take what is great about the original and bring it back in a fresh but deferential way. Just like last year’s “Jurassic World,” Feig’s “Ghostbusters” ticks all the reboot boxes.
The film opens with the introduction of a ghost haunting a historical house in New York. The set-up is predictable, but Feig knows this and slides in some hysterical one-liners. It set ups the rest of the humor for the film.
Introduction to Ghostbuster No. 1: Erin Gilbert, played by Kristen Wiig. Her character is earnest, determined and a physics genius. Up for tenure at her prestigious university, it gets ruined (remotely) when her old colleague posts a book they co-authored together online. Said book is all about ghosts and hunting them. Now looking less professional and more idiotic she hunts down her ex-friend Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy).
McCarthy’s character has not given up on the mission of hunting ghosts and has teamed up with the eccentric and genius builder, Jillian Holtzmann, played by Kate McKinnon. The plot unfolds with more hilarity as Wiig is sucked back into the world of ghost hunting. Leslie Jones’ Patty Tolan is also recruited—or rather she volunteers her non-scientific expertise to the outfit.
Core characters introduced, they only need a secretary to manage their pseudo-office above a Chinese restaurant. Enter in breakout comedian, Chris Hemsworth. Looking less like a Norse god and more like a dopy surfer with glasses—which lends itself to several gut-busting moments of comic gold—Hemsworth proves he’s a god of improv and comedic timing.
But the true breakout star is McKinnon. Known for her iconic impersonations of Hillary Clinton. Justin Bieber and Ellen, she takes to her role as group’s gadget guru with aplomb. Dry, fast talking and a wiz at spouting out scientific-sounding sentences, she’s the hero all introverted little girls need. (She’s the hero to my kid-self for sure!)
For those who are afraid that this film won’t do the original justice or it will somehow ruin it—you’re just wrong. Of course, it’s hard to relive the magic of the first “Ghostbusters,” but if the numerous (and here unspoiled) cameos aren’t a sign of approval then I don’t know what is. At the very least, you’ll laugh until your sides hurt.
– Mesa resident Kaely Monahan is producer of Popcorn Fan Film Reviews.