Review: Ghostbusters

Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Kristen Wiig in Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters is awesome. Don’t let anybody rain on your Ghostbusters parade. It’s hilarious. The special effects are excellent. The dialog is ridiculous. The actors are wonderful. It’s awesome. 

I saw it in a pretty full theater at 11 AM on a Sunday morning. There were plenty of men in that bargain matinee crowd – it wasn’t all terrifying feminazis like me. The politics of letting women star in movies aside, all those people were there for the same reason I was. To have fun at a movie. Ghostbusters gave us that.

Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones in Ghostbusters
Hilarious women save New York City and bust ghost ass

Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones are absolutely fabulous. I know the name absolutely fabulous is already taken, but these 4 deserve it. They were funny in every possible way that a human can be funny. Physical gags, crazy dialog delivered with a straight face, facial expressions, body language. Funny.

Kate McKinnon in Ghostbusters
The attitude, the outfit, the woman is clearly a scene stealer.

All those women are funny, but I must single out Kate McKinnon. From the first second she hit the screen she was brilliant.

I loved Kate in this part. The way she walked, the way she talked, the way she looked – an unforgettable performance.

Chris Hemsworth in Ghostbusters
The eye candy had such a pretty face and curves in all the right places

Chris Hemsworth was hilarious as the eye candy. He took the role traditionally meant for the one pretty woman in the cast and made it stand out.

The special effects people deserve recognition for the sheer number and variety of ghosts, apparitions, evil doings, collapsing buildings, and people tossings. The film was technically brilliant. I was glad I didn’t go to a 3D showing. I don’t think I would have survived some of those gigantic apparitions coming straight out of the screen at me.

I loved that a bunch of the cast from the original Ghostbusters showed up. It was a treat each time one stepped up with a few lines of dialogue and a show of support for the ladies in the jump suits. The faces I recognized from the first version were Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, and Ernie Hudson.

A big thank you to director Paul Feig for insisting this film be done this way. All in all, Ghostbusters was good for some laughing, some cheering, some applauding, and a general great time. How often can you get that on a Sunday morning in a dark room where it’s far too loud and the floor shakes during the action?

Go see it.

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