Cary, NC – Director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy) has successfully rebooted the comedy classic Ghostbusters thanks to a winning cast made up of some of the funniest and most talented comedians working today.
Similar Plot, New Characters
Plot-wise, this new Ghostbusters isn’t too different from the original. Scientists discover ghosts are real and then they bust them. There’s a little more to it, of course, but it’s not too important. Because what makes or breaks a movie like this is the cast and their chemistry together. This particular cast, made of up Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, is absolutely fantastic.
Wiig and McCarthy largely play it straight as former friends forced to work together again after Wiig loses her job as a professor when she’s outed as a ghost believer. The two have great reactions to the many bizarre situations they get in, and McCarthy in particular is a master of the one liners. But it’s newcomers Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon who really shine.
Jones Is Great, McKinnon Steals The Show
This is the first major film role for both Jones and McKinnon, but if you’ve seen any of their work on Saturday Night Live, you can attest that they are definitely ready for primetime. Jones plays a subway worker who convinces the group to let her join thanks to her vast knowledge of New York and its history. It’s a little flimsy, but whatever it takes to get this incredibly funny actor to get in on the fun.
But this is McKinnon’s show all the way. She has an a certain energy on display here, like she’s ready to bust out of the movie and overtake everything and everyone. Her character is the tech nerd of the group, designing all the gadgets the Ghostbusters use to do their dirty work. There is one moment in the big finale where she gets to use her new “toys” as she calls them to take down a slew of ghosts, hilariously shown to us in slow motion. It’s a real hero moment for McKinnon, and expect to be seeing her in a lot more in the near future.
Of course, you can’t talk about the cast without mentioning Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, as the beautiful but dim-witted receptionist, Kevin. Hemsworth has demonstrated excellent comedic skills before, with laugh-out-loud moments in both The Avengers films and his solo adventures, but here he gets to go full doofus and it’s clear he is having a blast.
Funny, And Even A Little Scary
Director Feig shows a real growth as well. He excels at character based comedy, but for me a lot of his previous comedies have suffered from overlength and sluggish pace. Not here though. Ghostbusters comes in at under two hours, and while it still could have been about 10 minutes shorter, the film gets to the good stuff immediately. The introduction of the ghosts, formation of the team, etc. Feig even gets in a couple of genuinely effective “jump scares,” something the original Ghostbusters never had.
Well Worth Seeing
Overall, this new female led Ghostbusters is a blast. The cast is wonderful, the effects look great and it’s filled with characters that I can’t wait to spend more time with in the inevitable sequel. Definitely worth the trip to the theater!