Dr. Erin Gilbert (Wiig) is a professor at prestigious Columbia university. Having worked her way up in the academic world, she is about to gain tenure. All seems to be going well in her life until a book that she had written several years ago comes to light. At one time Erin and her friend Dr. Abby Yates (McCarthy) had written a book about the existence of paranormal phenomenon such as ghosts. Erin had since abandoned her belief in the supernatural, but Abby has not given up the ghost so to speak, she studies the subject at a technical college with her lab partner an unusual engineer by the name of Dr. Jillian Holtzman (McKinnon). Erin discovers that Abby has re-released the book and goes to talk her into pulling the book from Amazon. Abby says she will if Erin will help out on an investigation of a ghost sighting. Erin reluctantly agrees. When the group encounters and documents an actual ghost, Erin’s original enthusiasm for exploring the paranormal is rekindled, but when the video of their exploits is posted on YouTube they are all let go from their jobs. They then decide find a lab space to continue with their research and build equipment to hunt ghosts. When transit worker Patty (Jones) leads the team to a powerful apparition in the subway tunnels, they know they’re on to something, but can’t quite figure out exactly what’s going on yet. Little do they know that there is a huge cataclysmic paranormal event being set into motion that is designed to plunge New York City into oblivion. It will be up to the Ghostbusters to save New York and perhaps save the world.
Listen up all you nay sayers and gender biased boobs… For all of you die hard fans of the original, no fear. As well as it being a fabulous film on its own, this movie pays great homage to its original source material. Dan Ackroyd was an executive producer on the film. He co wrote the original along with Ivan Reitman and Harold Ramis, so if there was anything he didn’t like, it wouldn’t have been done. The flavor of the original is generously sprinkled throughout including cameos from pretty much all of the original cast with the exception of Rick Moranis. Harold Ramis was represented in an unusual, but touching cameo. Oh and when I say original cast, I mean it, right down to Slimer and Stay Puft!
Ghostbusters is a great stand alone comedy that is female driven, and what ladies to have in the driver’s seat! Saturday Night Live alums Wiig, McKinnon, and Jones, have comedy chops to the heavens, but for me Kate McKinnon is always a standout. She is just so deliciously ambiguous. She is always a joy to watch because you never know what she’s going to do. Melissa McCarthy is always a ray of sunshine and she does not disappoint here. But with all this hype about the female crew, it may be a guy that walks off with a good portion of the laughs. Chris Hemsworth. You know this trope, you’ve seen it a thousand times, and it’s a cliché: The hot blond secretary. Yes she’s hot, but she’s a special kind of stupid/crazy/strange and useless as all get out. The only reason you’re keeping her around is to look at her and possibly hit on her. Well that script is totally flipped here and it’s delicious! As Kevin, the hunky receptionist, Chris is in a world all his own. He takes this trope to new heights! Total scene stealer.
Hey you, middle aged guy who grew up with this movie (and probably badmouthed it the moment you heard it was being remade with a female cast)! You have a daughter? Take her to see this movie! Ladies, take your daughters, your nieces your little sisters! As well as being hilarious, I think this movie will also be inspiring to a younger generation of girls in many ways. They should see it. Speaking as a woman who grew up in the 70s, we really didn’t have action movies or action comedies. Nine times out of ten we were sidekicks and eye candy. If I had seen this version of Ghostbusters when I was a girl I would have been so fired up! It’s very inspiring! I left the theatre with a great and happy feeling and in this current climate that is a rare thing so take a time out and go see this fun flick! P.S. I also suggest you stay until the very end of the closing credits for an extra surprise.