New busters rise above the ghost of original

July 26, 2016

 
The highly anticipated third installment of the beloved, cult classic, Ghost Busters, opened on July 14. 

 

 

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(L-R) Melissa McCarthy as Abby Yates, Kate McKinnon as Jillian Holtzmann, Kristen Wiig as Erin Gilbert and Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan.

 

 

 

 

With an all-new story line and a new revitalized cast, this new installment was set to break many stereotypes and push boundaries. 


Led by an all female cast, it was safe to assume that this reboot would not be like the original.

 

Though the new characters mirror the originals in certain aspects of their personalities, they each have their own unique spin.    


The story starts as Columbia University physics professor Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) attempts to snatch a tenure position.

 

However, her attempts meet a slight “bump in the road” when a book she wrote about paranormal phenomena with her former best friend and research partner, Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), rears its ugly head. 


Hell bent on making her secret past completely disappear, Erin finds Abby and confronts her. The meeting results in the duo forming a relationship with the goggles toting tomboy, Jillian Holtzman (Kate McKinnon), in the process. 


Striking a deal with Abby, Erin finds herself investigating the trio’s first paranormal occurrence, which leads to her realizing that ghosts, in fact, do exist. 


Afterwards, the trio hires pretty-boy Kevin (Chris Hemsworth) as their receptionist, and meets New York aficionado Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones). 


Together, this group created the new Ghost Busters. 


Though the premise of the film sticks to the original, there are many differences. 


The original firehouse, photon-laser toting, ragtag group of ghost chasers never existed. 


There is one scene where they are very slightly acknowledged, but quickly swept under the rug.

 
The lack of acknowledgement of the previous ghostbusters makes it possible for the new group to be seen as the only paranormal activity chasers. 


Unlike the original film, there is no inherent love interest. 


Instead, the film focuses solely on the ghost chasing itself. 


Armed with old-school, slapstick comedy and a strong leading cast, Ghost Busters has exceeded expectations. 


Instead of being filled with female-centered humor, the film incorporates the same formula that helped make the original a success. 


Though each actor gave something new to the movie’s comedy, there were two characters that outshined the rest.


Jones and McKinnon easily steal the spotlight with their witty sarcasm and offbeat humor, which many fans of the original may enjoy.


There is a little something for every member in the family to enjoy.

 
The strong cast mixed with their great chemistry and cameos from the original cast, Ghost Busters is the summer hit we have been waiting for! 


However, if there is some expectation of a direct sequel of original two films, then the viewer will be completely disappointed. It is, in fact, a stand-alone film. 


Ghost Busters is the perfect film for a date night or group gathering with friends. 


I recommend seeing this film. It will have you laughing every few minutes. Until then, “may the power of Patty compel you!” I give this movie three out of five stars.

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