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Ghostbusters (2016) Movie Review
Have you ever had an experience with a remake where you wanted so badly to hate it but you couldn't? That's what happened to me after I finally got around to watching Paul Feig's Ghostbusters film. I expected to hate it, wanted to hate it, but ended up loving it. Of course, no one can replace such talents as Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and the late Harold Ramis.Surprisingly, though, this films cast was almost just as good, with the talents of Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon alongside Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones. The humor isn't forced or overdone, but rather perfectly timed and sensical. McCarthy is toned down, thankfully not her usual overly loud self. Kristen Wiig, on the other hand, was her usual self, playing the quiet and awkward girl who gets pulled into a situation she can't get out of. In this case, she doesn't want out once she gets in. Leslie Jones had some of the best humor, playing the side character that originally Ernie Hudson played. My favorite of the four, however, was Kate McKinnon. She was such a wacky wild card that absolutely nailed her role.
The story itself was similar to the original in the sense that four people with a common interest come together, form the Ghostbusters team, hire a secretary, and start saving New York City. The major difference with that? The CGI was elementary-level. It was made with 3D in mind and that hurt the film in a huge way. When 80s films have better CGI than you, you'd better think twice.
There are cameos from the original cast in this film, however, they play different characters since this film takes place in an alternate universe than the original. Most of the cameos were brilliant and all but one was respectful to the original.
In conclusion, do I recommend this film? Yes, I do. You'll get some kicks out of it and you'll enjoy it. It's definitely worth your time. Rating: 3 out of 4.
© 2016 Alec Zander