So the big talk about the remake of Ghostbusters has been surrounding the whole Men vs. Women debate. Why is this the most important part of this movie? We didn’t care when it was an all-male staff when it was originally released in 1984. So we aren’t going to care now. If you are looking for a review to sway that way, you can go somewhere else – I’m going to focus on the movie and not the politics.
This time around the story started off a little sooner in development. I enjoyed this, it gave me more of a back story on how the team got interested in looking for paranormal activity. It also showed how the team developed. It brought more depth to the characters in my opinion. In The first version of the movie the characters were already into ghosts and the paranormal and were mostly a solid team. This always left me with questions. I’m glad that was addressed in this one.
The comedic abilities of the new cast also kept me laughing as much as the first cast. The original cast made cameos as well that solidified their place in the franchise. I’m not saying anything could top the first Ghostbusters – I’m saying both version stand strong on their own merit… But I do have one major complaint. The lengths the movie went to prove how stupid the character of Kevin was got a bit old really quickly. After a while I did not find it funny anymore. As the “Administrative assistant” Annie Potts portray was brash, comedic and iconic. Putting Chris Hemsworth in the roll was a great choice for comedic aspects – I mean Thor answering phones, hilarious. But them making him clueless, okay. But having him get worse as the movie progressed got old quick. Like I said he’s Thor, you can have him cover his eyes when a loud noise happens – it doesn’t work.
Overall I thought the movie was fun and enjoyable. The Thing is you have to view it as its own standalone film. You can’t compare it to the original – it would never stand up. Nothing could stand up to that type of scrutiny. Nothing can take Bill Murry’s perfect delivery of that movie and compare. Nothing can go up against Harold Ramis’s quirkiness. If you treasure the first movie to the point that you can’t separate the 2 – Don’t go see this movie. If you are open to a new spin on an old classic – go see it. It is totally worth it.