Stars: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Zach Woods, Neil Casey, Karan Soni, Andy Garcia, Cecily Strong.
Director: Paul Feig
Screenplay: Paul Feig & Katie Dippold.
In the history of cinema there has never been a greater opening than the one to 2016's reboot of Ghostbusters. With Zach Woods as the tour guide it starts the movie off with such a high on the comedic scale that it is only certain that the rest of the film can't really stand up to it. That is true, but it is only marginally less funny than the opening.
Ghostbusters is a refreshing example of the reboot, it feels new while still nodding to its' predecessor and it still gets to be its own thing. Its own thing is a pile of tremendous fun. With the concept being so well known it gives the freedom of these four comedic talents to let loose in ghost filled manhattan.
Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) is up for tenure at her college. She has dedicated her academic life to the school and is by far the perfect candidate to gain tenure. That is until a pesky little book she wrote with her friend Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) finds its way onto Amazon. This book is about the paranormal which is not exactly a type of book that Gilbert or the tenure committee would like to claim. She tries to get Abby to take down the book, only for her to be taken to a ghost citing that confirms their beliefs that the paranormal exist—it also gets Gilbert fired after a video of her screaming "Ghosts exist" is posted on reddit.
Gilbert decides to join Yates and her partner Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon)—and they also pick up Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones), an MTA officer who has an uncanny knowledge about the history of NYC— in studying the paranormal as citings of ghosts are quickly popping up across New York city. But what is a ghost busting team without a trusty receptionist?...exactly, which is why they bring on the only applicant, Kevin (Chris Hemsworth) to try his best to answer the phone, make a logo, and block his eyes when the noise is too loud.
These four women and Hemsworth are comedic gold in a way I didn't expect. For once this was not a Wiig or McCarthy screen stealer of a film, all of the actors get their fair share of the jokes and screen time. However it is the dynamic of these very different women that make this film a bit better than it really should be. Mainly because the plot really does feel like it has been dragged out from the 80s/90s down to the villain and constant references. And who knew that Hemsworth could be so beautifully hilarious. He got his character down, everything he did was truely a highlight. McKinnon and Jones were incredibly funny, as I have not paid much attention to SNL in the last few years I am very new to their type of humour and they rocked it.
I had fun, everyone in the audience had fun, and I think the only people who won't are the ones stuck on the idea that this film never had to be rebooted. That is true, there was no need but when has that stopped Hollywood? Or the better question, when will Hollywood be stopped? I am just glad they haven't been stopped yet because this is a 2016 highlight.