Ghostbusters Movie Review
“Ghostbusters!” is what you will be saying for a whole week after you see this new remake of the 1984 classic. Melissa McCarthy takes on a large task for her new role as Abby Yates, the leader of the Ghostbusters crew, and nails it perfectly. Along with Abby Yates there is Erin Gilbert, played by Kristen Wiig. Their story is centered around a book that Yates and Gilbert wrote together about paranormal activity. The two had received negative feedback about the authenticity of the stories in their book. However, after a report of a ghost sighting, they slowly and surely become nothing but the real deal. Alongside Yates and Gilbert we are introduced to Jillian Holtzman (Kate McKinnon), who is the “mad scientist” of the group and provides all of the gadgets for the Ghostbusters. Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones) is also a member of the group. Unlike the characters before her, Patty works at an average job. However, Patty’s luck begins to change when she sees something unusual and gets to be a part of the Ghostbusters group. Finally, we have Kevin Beckman (Chris Hemsworth), who is the attractive eye-candy that everyone can’t help but stare at when he is on screen, but is also the lovable idiot. Of course when we have good guys that also means we have the crazy bad guys, which in this case is Rowan North (Neil Casey) who is the cause of all the ghosts appearing in NYC.
The film starts off in a museum in NYC where one of the workers was attacked by ghosts. Erin Gilbert is approached by the museum owner’s son who tells Gilbert about the incident and hopes for her to come check the situation out. The owner’s son shows Gilbert a book that Gilbert and Yates wrote together, which sparks Gilbert to find her co-author to confront her about the book being published without her approval. From here, the Ghostbusters start to form and they go on to find more paranormal activity that leads to a giant Pillsbury ghost, that doesn’t serve the tasty cinnamon rolls.
Overall, this movie does an excellent job of representing the classic 1984 film but it also manages to include modern day jokes that the current generation can laugh at as well. This film is also special to Boston because the majority of the film was filmed in Boston during the summer of 2015. Whether you’re a fan of the original 1984 Ghostbusters or you just want to see it because one of your favorite actors/actresses is in it, you’re in for a treat. So who are you going to call? Ghostbusters!