Director: Paul Feig
Cast: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth
Release Date: Jul 15, 2016
Rated PG-13 for supernatural action and some crude humor.
Runtime: 1 hr. 47 min.
Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters isn’t the disaster many predicted but it’s not good enough on it’s own to prove it was necessary either. I’m one of the few people who always liked Ghostbusters but was never in love with it even though I grew up with it. There’s a definite fondness for the original film but I never really thought it was sacrilegious to remake it with women. The director and cast do the best with what they have but it’s clear that there’s an issue with the story. The overall plot hits a lot of the same notes that the original did but with a more generic punch. As the film goes on, it does feel like everybody is reigning it in a bit, making me wish they’d decided to go for a full on R rated comedy. I think that would have been a better choice for this director and cast. As is, the cast is solid throughout with Chris Hemsworth leaving the biggest impression by displaying some strong comedic chops. The film is a tad overlong by about 20 minutes or with some noticeable dead spots that could have been easily excised. The Ghostbusters’ remake isn’t a train wreck but it’s not as good as it should have been to justify its existence.