Fan Review – Ghostbusters 2016
I finally watched the new Ghostbusters movie. As an old fan of the series, I went in with a lot of expectations. Some were met. Some were blown away. Some were lost somewhere along the way.
Expectations blown away
Special effects. Holy. Freaking. Crap. The first ghost was so amazing and beautiful I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. The proton streams felt like they were going to leap off the screen. With these effects, you could take the original 1984 film, re-master it, and re-release. You’d probably get a blockbuster movie weekend out of it.
Kate McKinnon. I recognize Kate McKinnon primarily from her work on Saturday Night Live. Her portrayals of Hillary Clinton have been getting more and more hilarious as the political season continues. Her portrayal of Jillian Holtzmann – an updated version of Egon Spengler – was absolutely amazing. She managed to be brilliant and hilarious all at the same time. I went in assuming that her role would be an overly ambitious attempt at recreating Harold Ramis’ character. What McKinnon managed to do was create a brand new, totally loveable character that didn’t attempt to follow in Egon’s footsteps, but instead create something completely new.
Job well done
The actresses. I’ve already said how much I love Kate McKinnon in this movie. This team of women had an incredibly high bar to hit. They were following up on an American phenomenon. They were following in the footsteps of Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson. Fortunately, their scripts didn’t take the original roles and just make female versions of them. What we saw were four completely new characters. McKinnon blew it out of the park. Jones and McCarthy did extremely well. I was a little disappointed with Wig’s character. She just didn’t have the range that the others had, and came across more as a “cerebral anchor” to the others’ comedy, wit, and intelligence.
Chris Hemsworth’s character. I was expecting the wit of Annie Potts’ Janine Melnitz. What we got with Kevin was a sad role reversal stereotype of the ditzy secretary, and then some bad “beefcake” analogies. Hemsworth can do far better than what this script gave him.
Ecto-1. Look: Amazing! Siren: Oh ffs. That siren was one of Ecto 1’s trademarks. Why did they have to change it? One of the biggest let-downs in the movie.
Cameos. The ghost cameos? Freaking amazing and hilarious. Slimer and Stay Puft were great moments of nostalgia. Hudson’s cameo was a hoot. Murray’s, not so much. Aykroyd’s either. Weaver & Potts? Now there were some hilarious cameos.
Theme Song. I’m happy beyond words that they (for the most part) left the theme song alone. But it should’ve received more air time. That song is an integral part of the franchise.
And, just for nostalgia:
To Be Determined
The firehouse. I can’t say more than that because it would ruin the movie for those who haven’t seen it, but if this gets a sequel, that firehouse had damned well better be treated right.
Overall, the script could have been better, the special effects team had better have been given massive bonuses, and the actresses were fantastic. I can’t wait to see what’s up next for the franchise.