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This new take on Ghostbusters that hit theaters this past weekend has been quite the cause for debate online. In fact, it has been since they announced that it would be lead by a female cast. People have debated for the past few years about this film. Now that it's actually in theaters, that hasn't stopped.
Ghostbusters is directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy) and it stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. When ghosts start invading New York, four unlikely heroes must band together to save the city from paranormal forces. So is this new take on Ghostbusters one that you need to see?
The reboot of Ghostbusters isn't nearly as bad as some people are saying. That being said, it's not absolutely amazing either. I would say that Ghostbusters is an entertaining film at times, but it's not one that you need to be falling over yourself to see.
By far, the best part of this film is the chemistry between the four main actresses. These four actresses all worked so well together, and you truly believed that these characters were friends. In addition to that, each of these characters had their own unique personalities. They each had their own skills and dispositions to bring to the table. The casting for this film as a whole was fantastic. Another great example is Chris Hemsworth as the receptionist. He was arguably one of the funniest parts of the film. This role was so different from the typical roles Hemsworth is usually in. It was good to see him step out of that box and try something different.
Melissa McCarthy was her usual self, so if you enjoy her films, you'll probably enjoy this. However, if you had to be one character to be the main character, it would be Kristen Wiig. She did a great job being that sort of window between the audience and the film. She was relatable, funny, and just seemed like an actual person you'd meet on the street. Kate McKinnon was arguably the funniest of the four characters. She brought so much style and heart to her character that you laugh with almost every line she has. By far the biggest surprise to me was Leslie Jones. Personally, I'm not a fan of her. I feel like her big thing is yelling and hitting people. But in this film, she gets away from that a little bit. The only scene like that is the one you see in the trailer, and it's relatively short lived. Leslie Jones ended up being one of the best parts of this film, and I'm looking forward to seeing what she does next.
The one job a comedy has is to make the audience laugh. When talking about the quality of a comedy film, typically the more laughter, the better the film. Ghostbusters definitely had some truly funny moments, but none of them hit that next level that causes gut busting laughter that makes your stomach hurt. Ghostbusters is more filled with little chuckles here and there. So I wouldn't say Ghostbusters failed to be funny, it just didn't necessarily go above and beyond either.
There are a couple things in this film that really hold it back. The first is the villain. When they introduce him, he seems like this sort of one-off character, the kind that has one short scene and you're left wondering whey he was there. Then they brought him back, and you suddenly realize that he's the main villain. He was extremely lackluster, he had no personality, and they never defined why he wanted to release these ghosts. The other big drawback this film had was the amount of cameos and references to the original. Easter eggs and cameos can be a good thing if used correctly, just look at pretty much any Marvel film. But there are so many different cameos from actors in the original film, callbacks to events, and direct quotes that it starts to become annoying. It was a constant reminder that this was a reboot, and it never truly let the film stand on its own.
Overall, I thought Ghostbusters was a pretty good film. It doesn't live up to the original, but if you stop and look at the film on its own, it's an entertaining movie. It was never absolutely hilarious, but it made me laugh. The actresses worked extremely well together, and they each fit their roles well. The villain was lackluster, and there were too many references to the original, but this is still a film I would recommend. It'll make for a fun time if you're bored someday.
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