Diana Vacc sees “Ghostbusters”

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by Diana Vaccarelli

*If you haven’t viewed this film yet be warned this review may contain spoilers!*

It has been thirty years since the original Ghostbusters was released into theaters and instantly became a classic.  Paul Feig, famed director of Bridesmaids and Spy, took the helm in this reboot for a new generation.  This film finds a new cast of characters headed by Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth investigating paranormal activity in Manhattan.

THE GOOD:

  • Even though the writing by Paul Feig and Katie Dippold follows the same formula as the original they added a fantastic twist.  Casting all women in the lead roles.  It is funny and entertaining. I laughed out loud throughout the whole film.  The first scene in the haunted mansion made me both laugh with pleasure and jump with surprise.
  • Not one of the ghostbusting lady stars stands out in this film, Kate McKinnon comes close. Her turn as Holtzmann is both quirky and humorous and reminds me of Bill Murray’s beloved character of Venkman from the original.
  • I quite enjoyed the special effects in this film.  The ghosts were truly realistic and scary. One of the scariest scenes took place in the New York City Subway. The ghost that appears to the ghostbusters out of nowhere induced a genuine, heartfelt “EEKK!” in the audience I saw it with. (To be fair, those of us that live in NY know the subway can be a scary place even without ghosts.)
  • The film paid homage to the original by having Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Annie Potts, Sigourney Weaver, and Ernie Hudson all have cameos.  My favorite of all the cameos is Bill Murray as the famous skeptic trying to disprove the findings by Erin (Kristen Wiig) and Abby (Melissa McCarthy).

THE BAD:

  • Melissa McCarthy’s performance as Ghostbuster Abby and Chris Hemsworth’s turn as Kevin the Assistant.  McCarthy, as much as I love her and find her comical in everything that she does, just wasn’t as funny as the other ladies in the cast.  Hemsworth’s character appeared to be a combo of Rick Moranis and Annie Potts character, but Hemsworth played him as so stupid that I couldn’t get invested in his character.

IN CONCLUSION:

If you loved the original Ghostbusters you will appreciate and at the very least like this reboot.  Be warned, though. There’s enough lacking that I suggest you save your dollars and wait for the DVD or On Demand.

I give this film 73 Vaccs out of 100 as a theater experience!

Happy Summer Blockbuster Season!


Diana Vaccarelli is the TVWriter™ Critic-at-Large and, in case you haven’t noticed, a HUGE Outlander fan. Learn more about her HERE