To start off, I have to say that I haven’t seen the original Ghostbusters, so I feel this gives me an unbiased view when it comes to the new film and my opinions on what I think. Walking in with no expectations, is the best way to do so because when those credits rolled I left the cinema having absolutely enjoyed the film. It reminded me of movies I’ve previously enjoyed like, The Haunted Mansion, Scooby Doo and Phantom of the Megaplex.
The casting was a stroke of genius; each character had their own unique gems of brilliance. Leslie Jones really, really captured the audience. Her one-liners her, demeanour throughout and her overall presence made her a definite favourite. “The power of Patty compels you!” Kate McKinnon was brilliant too. Her mannerisms and characteristics were a breathe of fresh air amongst the group. To each situation she brought something new, something fresh, something quirky and cool. Her sing-song line, “come out, come out wherever you are,” had me trying to remember what film reference she was making, it was The Wizard of Oz by the way.
Melissa McCarthy, again, different from her usual comedienne sometimes (appropriately so) over the top antics. In this film McCarthy was a perfect mix of smarts and funny, and what I really enjoyed was the way she worked off the other characters. Oddly enough, I loved her work with Chris Hemsworth, who by the way did a stellar job in this film too. A complete 180 from his usual roles. And for once when it comes to portraying Australians, we finally see a proper Australian accent, not that over the top, fake, forced, stereotypical nonsense we usually see in Hollywood movies. Funny moments throughout (but I have to say –certain points it did become a bit repetitive) but at the end of the film, can I just say his training on Dancing With The Stars payed off, there’s a flash mob type dance sequence in the end led by Hemsworth and I have to say, I was shocked by his skill. Kristen Wiig’s role was perfect. Providing the initial foundation to the story, plus her moments with Hemsworth were gold. Also, I love the fact it was her character who constantly ended up covered in goo, or testing new devices. The hesitant one impacted the most by others actions. It was really well done.
The whole story flowed, it moved well, maybe at two points I thought, hmm can this part be shorter, but to be honest I really don’t remember what parts they were. Throughout the film the special effects were really well done. Well, when you’re talking about ghosts and paranormal being I think the job in representing and creating them was done well. Also THE MUSIC! The music was GREAT! I absolutely loved the music, both the actual tracks and instrumental music. Really worked with the visuals and creating a feel in certain parts.
I understand people are really, really tied to the original and I even have friends who will not go see this new version as a matter of principle. So, I’ll just go see it again to make up for that fact, I enjoyed it that much. I don’t know how close to the original this film paralleled, and I’ll definitely be watching the original now. The audience, the complete audience were really receptive to what was on screen spanning from the funny moments to the impact special effects had on the viewers (for one girl in front of me this meant she was jumping out of her seat in fear every time a ghost appeared). I do know who starred in the original films. So much so, that I recognised some faces (five in total, possible spoiler – think Murray, Aykroyd, Hudson, Weaver and Potts) and in the end credits I noticed another touching moment, the film was dedicated to original Ghostbusters star and writer Harold Ramis. For me, I’m putting my DVD store alert on to pre-order this film and it will probably feature in my top 10 films of the year.
Make sure you stay in your seat until the very end (yep, they’re pulling a Marvel) there’s a short scene hinting towards a possible sequel.
So check it out, see for yourself!
Make sure you check out our video featuring original props and costumes from the film.