Ghostbusters: Fun From Top to Bottom

The Ghostbusters cast
The Ghostbusters Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), Patty (Leslie Jones), Erin (Kristen Wiig), Abby (Melissa McCarthy) with their receptionist Kevin (Chris Hemsworth).

It is no surprise to anyone that the new, all female cast of, “Ghostbusters” has caused a great deal of talk and controversy. Before filming even began on the remake of the classic film it has been criticized by a large portion of the population, myself included. I was terrified that they were remaking one of my all time favorite films. Even though I like the four leading ladies they chose to fill the iconic roles, remakes are usually terrible. With all of this in mind, I had no intention of seeing the new film. But I was too curious, I had to know what these four funny ladies brought to the table.
I am equal parts surprised, and humbled, to say that I completely enjoyed the film. The freewheeling and funny solidarity of the four leads win out in the end. Director Paul Feig finds a light, breezy tone early on. Though the story is still focused around these ghost hunters who have to save Manhattan, Feig does not try to copy the original film. Instead they claim a story line all their own. This original group even encounters online haters along the way “Ain’t no bitches gonna hunt no ghosts,” says one commenter.Ghostbuster Premier Kristen Wiig

As I mentioned earlier, I have a huge soft spot for the supremely goofball original, particularly Bill Murray. But, clearly, so do the makers of this new “Ghostbusters.” There are a number of affectionate references to the original, and watch out for the funny cameos from nearly every member of the original (sadly missed from this list is Harold “Dr. Egon Spengler” Ramis, who died in 2014. The movie is dedicated to him.) A lot of the original spirit is captured here, without going overboard.4 stars for Ghostbusters

Does every joke in this “Ghostbusters” land where it should? Nope (though that is true for the original as well). But the only question worth asking about this comedy, in particular, is did they do it justice to such a loved franchise and did I laugh? Oh hell yes. And you just might too.

(P.S)- Be sure to stay until the very end of the credits!

21 thoughts on “Ghostbusters: Fun From Top to Bottom”

    1. I was totally with you! The original is near and dear to my heart. But they made a good choice in not trying to duplicate the original. They made it different, but with the same spirit as the original. It is a ton of fun, with cameos from the entire living original cast and a fun clip at the very end of all the credits

    1. You will definitely love this then! It is them at their best, plus Kate Mckinnon and Leslie Jones (both of whom I had never seen in a movie before, only SNL, but they were AWESOME!)

  1. I LOVED this movie! Just saw it yesterday. I was skeptical but it turned out to be better than I thought, and honestly, I wish there were many MORE movies that featured smart, witty, women kicking butt in full lead roles! 🙂

    1. Right?! I am so glad you liked it! You and I were in the same boat going in. They did such a good job.

  2. Good to hear this movie was better than what you expected. Just goes to show you can’t always go by what the critics say! I’d love to see it!

    1. You totally should! It is so much fun. I went with some girlfriends and we couldn’t stop laughing the entire time. It was a blast!

  3. I haven’t seen it, but likely will after Comic-Con this week. I think my expectations will be low given the mixed reviews, so I might actually enjoy this movie more than others have so far. Thanks for the recap!

    1. You are going to Comic-con!? I am jealous! It definitely exceeded my expectations. I hope you like it!

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