PG for Violence, Some Scary Scenes
Running Time: 112 Minutes.
2 and half stars out of 4.
Director Paul Feig reteams with Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig for the first time since 2011's critical and box office success "Bridesmaids." While for McCarthy and Feig, this is their fourth collaboration, it is the first time in five years that the original Bridesmaids duo is reteaming for a film. Ghostbusters is a reboot of the original 1984 franchise of the same name that starred the likes of Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and Sigourney Weaver. Paul Feig's reboot has been the subject of controversy for months leading up to it's release with many "fanboys" having a problem that Feig gender flipped the roles of the Ghostbusters from having a team of men take on ghosts to having four women take on the ghosts.
Ghostbusters is a lot of fun. As a fan of Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy, you will not be disappointed. Not only is Ghostbusters very funny, it is incredibly well acted, and features the best use of 3D since 2012's Life of Pi. The ensemble led by Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, and featuring Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones from Saturday Night Live, all have great chemistry and work well together. The four make for a believable group of friends, and each bring something new and unique to the characters that they are playing. The Ghostbusters pull of their action sequences, and the scenes featuring the four of them in a room, just talking, are amongst the best scenes in the film. While I enjoyed everyone's work in the film, I was unsure how to feel about the character of Jillian Holtzmann as played by Kate McKinnon. While McKinnon excels in the role, the character itself is underwritten, and McKinnon's performance and energy does not suit the character, which makes every scene with the character feel off. This not McKinnon's fault, but can be attributed more to the thin writing for her character. Chris Hemsworth just about steals the film with his incredibly funny performance as Kevin, the Ghostbusters receptionist. While the character is not as well written as I would have liked, Hemsworth does so much with such a limited amount of screen time, that he instantly becomes the most memorable character in the film, and Hemsworth turns in one of the funniest performance of the year.
Ghostbusters struggles during the scenes featuring the actual ghosts. Paul Feig is an actors director, and has made a comedy career that is notable for having great actors sitting and talking to each other, with a somewhat disposable plot also apart of the film. In Ghostbusters, the "ghosts" storyline does not work, this is largely due to the weak villain, and overuse of CGI during the third act. It is very easy to get lost during the action sequences, and not in a good way. The action sequences and the overuse of CGI in the film are so numbing, dull, and hard to follow, and combined with the excellent "talking" scenes with the actual Ghostbusters, that it makes for an incredibly disjointed film going experience.
Ghostbusters is a fun ride, and while the film is not as tight and consistently funny as some of Feig and McCarthy's previous collaborations, I encourage you to see the film to witness a new generation of Ghostbusters who are just as good, if not better, than the original group. While this is not a great film, or even a very good one, it is a fun two hour ride to take, and while it has a forgettable factor to it, I look forward to seeing this group of women take on more ghosts in future films.