I’m happy to report that I have seen the new Ghostbusters movie and did not, in fact, experience the death of my childhood. We all enjoyed it quite a bit. Sure, there’s a few bits that don’t land but that’s true of the original Ghostbusters if you can manage to view it without the rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia.
The story focuses mostly on Melissa McCarthy’s Dr. Abby Yates and Kristen Wiig’s Dr. Erin Gilbert, who used to work together and wrote a book on the paranormal. Gilbert distanced herself from it, while Yates continues to research ghosts. They come back together when Yates puts the book up on Amazon, threatening her tenure at Columbia. Of course, they DO end up both finding a ghost and losing their jobs which leads to the creation of the Ghostbusters.
Abby’s new partner, Dr. Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), comes along with her as the engineer who builds the ghostbusting equipment, and Leslie Jones’s Patty Tolan joins up after she encounters a ghost in the subway, bringing her knowledge of New York City (and her uncle’s hearse) to the team. Chris Hemsworth rounds out the main cast as Kevin, the extremely dim-witted but hunky secretary. I thought all the leads were great, especially Kate McKinnon as you no doubt have heard by now. Holtzmann is wonderfully weird, and my daughters both loved Abby. I even saw my son, who was totally “Why did they remake it with GIRLS?” before smiling and laughing at multiple points.
The original Ghostbusters cast (those still with us, RIP Harold Ramis) all had fun cameos, especially Bill Murray as a James Randi-esque paranormal debunker. There’s a bit of off-color humor, though not nearly as much as the original, about on par with Guardians of the Galaxy. There’s a lot of fun to be had here, so if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s worth a trip to check it out.