Ghostbusters - girls just wanna have fun
A lot of internet brouhaha last year over the sacred cow legacy of this franchise when it was dared to be reimagined with 4 girl comedians at the helm. This one popped up on Starz recently, so I sat down to give it a test drive last night.
Well, the girlies did all right. They were no better or worse than the venerable male stars of the past (and the surviving ones graciously stopped by to make cameo appearances, of course), and the only thing the movie suffers from is a lack of the spark of originality that the very first one had (and even that one owed a big debt to Abbot and Costello films of the past). This movie looks absolutely fantastic, thanks the upgrades in special effects over the years, as you would expect, and I was impressed with the overall look of the cinematography, which sort of reminded me of Wong Kar Wai’s ‘In The Mood For Love’ or ‘2046′. The problem, which was also a failing of the original Ghostbuster cast, is the reliance on the SNL characterizations that the comediennes have developed over the years, rather than creating something new. Half the time when Melissa McCarthy was doing her schtick I thought she was doing her ‘Spicey’ routine, and Kristen Wiig seemed to be doing the same character we’ve seen her do in film after film, and the same goes for Leslie Jones (as much as I love her, and she got the majority of the belly laughs from me). The only one who seemed to be trying for a character was Kate McKinnon, and hers was merely annoying.
Loved the idea of the ‘eye candy’ receptionist played by Chris Hemsworth, and he played it to the hilt, for what that’s worth. As reboots go, kudos for trying something different, and it definitely blew Ghostbusters II out of the water.
3 stars out of 5
Released 2016, First viewing May 2017