Review: Ghostbusters 2016

I have to admit, I was caught up in all the negativity surrounding this year’s release of the new Ghostbusters movie. It has been over 30 years since the release of the original Ghostbusters. That’s a long time! Myself like many others have been waiting patiently for news on a new movie. Dan Aykroyd seemed to bring it up often in interviews. After the first Xbox360’s game was released, I knew it was only a matter of time before the movie would follow.

When Sony finally greenlit the project I was elated. Finally, my 12 year old self could enjoy some well-aged nostalgia. Then news came out about the all female cast.  OK, so it wasn’t going to be exactly as I remember it but it was still Ghostbusters, right?

Some short months later appeared the infamous trailer that blew up the internet.

The funny thing is, with all the bad publicity, my expectations of the film were pretty low. I find that sometimes going into a movie with no expectations can really help a film surprise you when it turns out to be good.

Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones all did a great job delivering comedic instances to the movie. Chris Hemsworth held his own as well. The film did a good job at paying homage to the films that preceded it. The cameos were great. It really did feel like the old cast was passing the torch onto the new cast.

I liked the movie. I actually liked it a lot. It was entertaining and funny. It told a good story without taking itself too seriously. It brought in enough of the old to satisfy my 12 year old self. But it did plenty to set itself apart.

One thing struck me as I was leaving the movie theater with my family. My daughter really liked the movie. “Best movie ever!” she said. I came to realize that an all female cast did for my daughter what Peter Venkman and the crew did for me all those years ago. They had her wanting to be a Ghostbuster too. And isn’t that what a great movie should do!

I give it 4/5 slimers!

Movie: Ghostbuster 3D
Venue: Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo, Ontario