Ghostbusters (Film Review)

Ghostbusters, directed by Paul Feig and starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth, is a reboot of the classic franchise of the same name.  It features four women who through a series of events, open a business catching ghosts.  And that’s pretty much it.

For a film that inspired so much controversy and hate (the trailer was one of the most disliked videos on youtube), there was nothing in the film itself that I felt was absolutely wrong.  Nothing in this film seemed to justify the hate surrounding it.  Sure, the film is by no means perfect, but it was relatively harmless when compared to other complete travesties.

For all the hate surrounding the fact that the movie stars four women, I was actually watching the movie not for the ghost-busting, but for these women.  I liked watching their antics and found myself laughing.  Which is what a comedy is supposed to do.  I was also surprised that there was no moment in the film where the women are forced to fall apart through the actions of one of the group or an outside force.  Everytime they’re knocked down, they just keep going, which I found refreshing.

The special effects are by far the least attractive part of the film.  Nothing can beat the practical effects of the original.  The overall designs of the ghost were interesting but as I watched, I knew it was nothing more than computer magic.

But despite that, the four leading ladies carry the movie, including Kate McKinnon, who I felt was the surprise star of the film.  She’s crazy and fearless and everything that I can enjoy in a character.

What this movie is is harmless.  Nothing about this film deserves the hatred aimed at it.  Sure, it’s not the greatest movie in the world.  The plot is pretty predictable and safe.  The movie is simply fun and I would recommend it to anyone who has an evening to kill.


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