Ghostbusters (2016)

Ghostbusters_2016_film_posterNormally I’m against reboots. I often consider them cheap knockoffs of their superior originals. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it, right? Once in a blue moon, however, a reboot comes along that pleasantly surprises you. This is certainly one of those times.

“Ghostbusters” (the 2016 reboot) is a wonderful surprise considering how much backlash it got when the trailer was first released a few months ago. I think it actually set some sort of record on YouTube for most dislikes. I don’t know if it was just bad editing on the part of whomever edited those trailers or if it was intelligent reshoots after the fact; maybe a little bit of both. But regardless, this all-female cast of SNL veterans and a Hemsworth gave these characters a unique depth, personality, and humor that I thoroughly appreciated.

Without any spoilers, my generation will appreciate all the cameos (and respect given to the one we lost) sprinkled from start to finish. Never scene-stealers, they helped move the story along quickly and humorously. I strongly encourage the younger generation to find the 1984 original “Ghostbusters” and witness the comedic genius of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson.

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Great characters, a great story, well-directed, and wonderful visual effects puts this as a great start to the must-see 2016 summer blockbusters.

On the advice of a friend, I’m going to end my reviews with related recommends. If you saw and enjoyed this movie, I also recommend “The ‘Burbs” and “The Heat.”

 

 

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