Release Date: July 15, 2016
Running Time: 1 hour and 56 minutes
Directed By: Paul Fieg
It will haunt you every night. Whatever it is, no one should have to encounter that kind of evil.
Erin Gilbert, a particle physicist and professor, is up for tenure at Columbia University when a book (Ghosts from Our Past: Both Literally and Figuratively: The Study of the Paranormal) that she wrote with Abby Yates, a paranormal researcher, surfaces on the internet. She goes to Abby’s research lab to ask her to take the book off of the internet before the tenure board sees it and is introduced to Abby’s research partner, Jillian Holtzmann, who is a nuclear engineer. A call comes in to investigate a paranormal sighting at the Aldridge Mansion Museum and Erin agrees to go with Abby and Jillian. After a particularly horrifying sliming of Erin, which is caught on You Tube, Erin loses her job at the university. Rejuvenated after the spectral sighting, she joins Abby and Jillian in a new venture which she attempts to name The Conductors of Metaphysical Examination. After another sighting in the subway, transit worker Patty Nolan, joins the team with the premise that they need her knowledge of the city. As sightings continue to occur, The Ghostbusters, deduce that there is a pattern involved and must stop the tormented Rowan North before he unleashes the undead on New York City. Who you gonna call?
There are people out there that need our help. Let’s go!
Honestly, I am not a fan of remakes or reboots so like a debunker, I was very skeptical when I heard about The Ghostbusters reboot. I have to admit that I really, really loved this movie! Paul Fieg drives the demons out of a cliched typical reboot, focuses on the characters, and delivers a high quality supernatural comedy film.
Much like Slimer’s appetite, this reboot actually left me hungry for a new franchise. Thirty years after the cult classic original was released and after several light bulbs went off to continue the fun. This version was written by Katie Dippold, who won 2014 American Comedy Award for best screenplay (The Heat) and Paul Fieg (director of Bridesmaids, The Heat, and Spy).
The outcome is a story that is absolutely side splitting hilarious. The female Ghostbusters’ and Chris Hemsworth’s performances were out of this world. Not only did they perfectly execute their lines and have incredible chemistry, they truly appeared to have fun while doing what they do best. The star studded cast is proof that well-known actors were willing to take small roles just to be a part of the fun.
Plus, the audience joined me with squeals of glee and applause each time a cameo performance (both human and spectral) appeared. The special effects/visual effects departments and cinematography by Academy Award nominee, Robert Yeoman, scares most of cheesiness out of the film with creativity and modern technology. The art department did a fantastic job of creating the props that are absolutely stunning. To round it all out, the soundtrack composed by Theodore Shapiro had me chair dancing like a teenager.
So what do you have when you combine a seasoned director/writer, the perfect cast, a great reboot story which pays homage to the original, awesome props, spooktacular cinematography, and phenomenal music? You have GHOSTBUSTERS!!! Ride the wave of slime into the theater to trap this one! ~Movie BuffetteGhostbusters is a fun, supernatural action film with crazy humor that had me laughing out loud on so many occasions I lost count. The movie accomplishes the difficult task of remaking a beloved film that not only stands on its own, but also plays homage to the original with cameo appearances by human characters and ghosts. You can’t help but dance in your seat when the theme song comes on. Director Paul Feig creates movie magic with the casting, special effects and hilarious dialogue.
Call a cab, Call a bus, Call Ghostbusters and get down to the cinema and enjoy this fresh version of an iconic film. ~A.S. MacLeod
Melissa McCarthy as Abby Yates
Kristin Wiig as Erin Gilbert
Kate McKinnon as Jillian Holtzmann
Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan
Chris Hemsworth as Kevin Beckman
Charles Dance as Harold Filmore
Cecily Strong as Jennifer Lynch
Andy Garcia as Mayor Bradley
Neil Casey as Rowan North
Ed Begley, Jr as Ed Mulgrave
Michael McDonald as Jonathan
Bill Murray as Martin Heiss
Dan Ackroyd as Cabbie
Sigourney Weaver as Rebecca Gorin
Ernie Hudson as Uncle Bill Jenkins
Annie Potts as Hotel Desk Clerk
Ozzy Osbourne as Himself
Al Roker as Himself
Pat Kiernan as Himself