Hey, guys. It’s been a while! I’ve been taking some much-need rest from writing at Nerdist, Geek & Sundry, AND my new gig at a wedding website (because I’m a diverse writer, dammit) AND trying to populate my own website. I love this site, but since it doesn’t pay the bills, I let myself take some serious time off to recharge a bit.
But I’m back! So let’s get to it!
SO! Should you see Ghostbusters? Here’s the short answer:
For some reason, this film has garnered a lot more ire than any of the hordes of remakes and reboots coming to big screens lately. Frankly, I think its ridiculous, and if you aren’t going to see this movie, you’re straight up missing out. There are plenty of reasons I love this movie, but a huge one can be summed up in this tweet:
Look at these childhoods that have been ruined! pic.twitter.com/DBUX0swyvS
— Zach Heltzel (@zachheltzel) July 11, 2016
The fact of the matter is, this movie is giving today’s little girls something that I didn’t have when I was a kid. We get to see four very different women come together to chase ghosts, kick ass, and not worry about things like a makeover, getting a guy, losing weight, or any of the other “chick issues” we often saw in movies. No, instead we watch them chase their passion, wrestle with believing in themselves when literally no one else does–and even when they’re mocked for their beliefs–and it shows them supporting each other as they do it. It’s awesome, and I’m so glad little girls growing up today get to have them as examples.
Of course, all of those mushy feelings mean nothing if the movie is crap. These women had big shoes to fill when they strapped on their proton packs–Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Ernie Hudson, Harold Ramis, and Sigourney Weaver are legends, and the original film is a modern comedy classic. Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters would totally lose its empowering punch if it couldn’t live up to its predecessor.
Thankfully, the movie is effing hysterical.
I don’t even know where to start with this film. The entire cast is fire, and they have a chemistry that is so palpable. My personal favorite is definitely Kate McKinnon’s character, Jillian Holtzmann.
No one can make me laugh like Kate McKinnon can. She is my all time favorite cast member on SNL right now, and she definitely wins the award of Kendall’s Favorite Ghostbuster. Holtzmann is brilliant, she’s weird, unintentionally and intentionally funny, and she’s also got great taste in hats. Also, she kicks so much ass. Seriously.
Of course, one McKinnon does not a movie make. The other women in the film, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, and Kristen Wiig also bring amazing performances. All of these women are hilarious, and each of their characters are interesting, funny, and make the movie a fun adventure fighting ghosts. I have loved Leslie Jones since I first saw her marry Martin Freeman on SNL, and she absolutely delivers in this movie. Her character, Patty Tolan is sweet, funny, and knows more about the history of New York City than anyone I’ve ever met. I loved watching her against Kristen Wiig’s character, Erin Gilbert. Wiig played a more serious character, but she was still absolutely hysterical. Plus, her friendship with Melissa McCarthy’s character, Abby Yates, is a hoot (and reminded me a bit of the friendship between me and my bestie). And, of course, Thor himself has a role as the Ghostbusters’ administrative assistant, Kevin.I had no idea that one of my favorite Asgardian Avengers was so effing hilarious.
The main cast had such great chemistry, that even though the movie is a bit far-fetched it kept the story grounded. Sure, there are some dumb jokes here and there, but all in all the movie keeps you laughing and having a great time, which is why you go see a Ghostbusters movie in the first place. By the end of the film, I just wanted to hang out with Abby, Patty, Erin, and Holztmann and hunt ghosts for them.
But one of the things I really loved about the film was how intentionally they credited the original Ghostbusters. The movie has cameos from Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Dan Akroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, the Slimer ghost (a character that was created as a tribute to the late John Belushi, who was set to play Venkman before his death), and has a dedication to the late Harold Ramis at the end of the film. The movie does everything it can to recognize its predecessors while also telling a fun, new story for a new generation of fans. It’s everything you want in a reboot. Sure, the movie has some flaws, but every movie has flaws. You watch a Ghostbusters movie to have a fun, exciting escape from reality with characters you care about that also make you laugh, and Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters is just that. Don’t believe the haters, kids. Ghostbusters is good cinema, and definitely worth the trip to the movies.
Have you seen Ghostbusters? What did you think of the movie? It looks like there is officially going to be a Ghostbusters sequel in the works–what do you hope to see in a second movie? Tell me your thoughts in the comments!