Saturday, July 16, 2016

Ghostbusters [2016]

MPAA (PG-13)  CNS/USCCB (A-III)  ChiTrib/AP (3 Stars) (2 Stars)  AVClub (B)  Fr. Dennis (3 1/2 Stars)

IMDb listing
CNS/USCCB (J. Mulderig) review
ChiTrib/AP (J. Coyle) review (S. Wloszczyna) review
AVClub (J. Hassenger) review  

Ghostbusters [2016] (directed and cowritten by Paul Feig along with Katie Dippold based on the film Ghostbusters [1984] directed by Ivan Reitman and cowritten by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis) is A FUN, I suppose, "somewhat Feminist" remake of the beloved original.

I write "somewhat Feminist" remake because there's a "turn about" in the casting.  All the "Ghost Bust-ing" paranormal investigators in this cast are women:

Kristen Wiig as Dr. Erin Gilbert, PhD, assoc. prof. at New York's Colombia University still trying initially to "play it straight" with her work (in particle physics) as she was "up for tenure" there,

Melissa McCarthy as Abby Yates, Erin's former BFF from High School, who (somewhat predictably but McCarthy always plays these characters well ;-) was far less interested in "respectability" as Erin ever was, and so gleefully worked for some fly-by-night arguably "Trumpish" University doing her "para normal" research there,

Kate McKinnon as Jillian Holtzman, Abby's "super self-actualized" (super-competent, super free ;-), lab partner, WHO IMHO STEALS THE SHOW ;-).  Honestly, Jillian comes across as someone who was so completely "actualized," so completely "who she was meant to be" that if someone told me that "she could fly" I'd believe it ;-).  Her character, her confidence, is just spectacular, and spectacularly funny.  Jillian so _shines_ in her world that she almost blinds ;-), and

Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan, as a "NYC history buff" and "walk-on" to the Ghost Busters team after she sees _one too many_ "strange things" at her job with NYC's MTA (subway service)

and to make the "turn about point" the four hire a really "dumb blond looker" named Kevin  (played wonderfully by Chris Hemsworth) as their secretary ;-).

AND IT WORKS ... ;-)

In a city as large as New York, "there's always something happening somewhere" and so good old Patty comes to the emerging Ghost Buster team with a story that something (far more than normally...) "strange" was "happening in the subway."  And the story takes off from there...

I'd say more, but (1) I don't want to ;-), and (2) if I said more, it'd only serve as spoiler fodder.  I will also encourage viewers to count how many of the cast members from the original film make cameos in this one.  It's impressive.

Anyway, I loved this film.  The only reason why I don't give it four stars is that needlessly "keeping true" to the "crudity" that catapulted McCarthy (and perhaps Wiig) to stardom, there are _a few_ IMHO out-of-place crude jokes / comments in this film that really didn't add anything to it, except remove a half-a-star from my rating. 

Other than that, folks, "enjoy the happy paranormal ride" ;-)  

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