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.
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.
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!