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Thursday, July 21

Haiku Revieu | Ghostbusters

Thursday, July 21

Who you gonna call?
Erin, Abby, Holtzmann, and
Patty—Yeah that's right

Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.

I enjoy the original Ghostbusters movies a lot. I mean, they're classics, with a lot of nerd appeal. But I certainly wasn't one of the many individuals who raged against the idea of a reboot, particularly after seeing who was going to star. Because, really, the leading ladies—and Chris Hemsworth—are all pretty dang awesome, and I trusted that they (and director Paul Feig) would be able to pull off something fresh without trashing the originals.

And, I'm happy to say, I believe I was right in placing my trust in their hands. I really enjoyed seeing this new Ghostbusters. Was it perfect? Nope. But I don't think it needed to be.

My assertions about the cast certainly came true; Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Melissa McCarthy were great, and it was nice seeing Melissa in a role that never once asked her to be gross or make fun of herself/her body for the sake of comedy. The standout among the ladies was definitely Kate McKinnon, however. I'm sure you've seen people singing her praise far and wide, and I'm jumping on that hype train hardcore. There's something undeniably attractive about Holtzmann, and pretty much every moment she had on screen was a delight. (As fellow nerdy blogger Barb of You Fancy Me Mad put it so eloquently: " ... I wasn’t sure I wanted to be her, be friends with her, or make out with her.") And Chris Hemsworth brought his comedy a-game. I was quite impressed, having really only seen him in more serious action/leading man type roles. (Yes, I know, Thor has comedic moments. But the role of Kevin is much more traditional comedy.)

The cameos, of which there are quite a lot, are all well done, too. I won't go into detail, so as to not spoil them for you, but keep your eyes peeled from start to finish.

The plot of the movie isn't exactly complex, and it doesn't shy too far away from the plots of the original films, but I don't consider this a fault. Sticking with formulas that were created for the originals made this Ghostbusters fit well in the established universe. (Side note: There's a moment in which a secondary character talks about this sort of paranormal problem happening before, but people just forgetting about it, which made me think that this isn't so much a remake as a reboot. I'm not sure if that was meant to be taken that way or not ...)

Basically, if you like movies about bustin' ghosts, watching ladies who can be smart, beautiful, and hilarious at the same time, and seeing Chris Hemsworth being his beefcakey self, I think you should go see this one. In theaters, specifically, to prove all those haters wrong.

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