What a great time to be alive! Take note, world: in 2016, women can be anything we want to be — president, Iron Man, and yes, even a Ghostbuster. Haters can see themselves out, because I’ve waited 30 years to see a woman wear a proton pack, and it was well worth the wait! Dare I say, ‘Ghostbusters’ is Ecto-cooler than ever before!
We came. We saw, and truthfully, we don’t care what anyone else says — these women kick ass! The new ‘Ghostbusters’ not only pays homage to the original film perfectly, but it proves that reboots don’t have to be the scary, ghoulish thing you’ll want to troll on Youtube.
“Ain’t no bitches gonna hunt no ghosts,” slams an Internet instigator after a quartet of intelligent, gutsy misfit brainiacs save a raging New York City concert from destruction at the hand of a paranormal baddie. It only takes the GB reboot about thirty minutes to hit back at the real-life haters of Paul Feig‘s female-driven take of the beloved ’80s film; haters, we might add, who probably hadn’t even seen the movie before bashing it. Hopefully, those nay-sayers will give it the chance it deserves, because then they’ll see all the fun and fantasy of the first film played out in a whole new way.
The story goes like this: Melissa McCarthy‘s Abby Yates and Kristen Wiig‘s Erin Gilbert are two scientists and former high school friends who find themselves working together again after a falling out over whether there really is such a thing as ‘ghosts’. The answer to that becomes quite clear after Erin gets slimed in perfect fashion, after finding a spirit haunting a NYC landmark. From there, they join forces with Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones), a transit worker who provides the all important wheels for their operation and engineer Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), the brains behind all the nifty gadgets the women need to blast the terrorizing spirits to smithereens. Holtzmann is the clear highlight of the film, with quirky one-liners and deadpan delivery that literally floored me. The other standout? Chris Hemsworth as Kevin, aka the hottest, dumbest receptionist in the Big Apple. While the resident bad guy amps up the drama by finding a way to open up a GB version of the Hellmouth right in Midtown, Kevin is memorized by a fish tank and using 90’s Office clip-art to create the worst logos of all time.
Along the way, tributes to the original film — and the original cast themselves — pop up, all while our new heroes pave the way for their own story. As you’re watching, you can’t help but feel good — because that’s what this flick really is: a feel good movie! Sure, it isn’t without it’s faults. Is the villain as frightening as Gozer? Okay, no not really. Will the new SFX blow you out of your seat? Maybe if you see it in 3-D IMAX, but otherwise, meh. But the real travesty of the whole thing, the moment that seriously had be screaming, ‘WTF?!’ as I walked out of the theater … I was promised a shirtless scene with Chris Hemsworth as Kevin. I saw one in the trailer! How the hell did it get cut?! The nerve!
HollywoodLifers, are you going to slime your way to theaters this Friday?