Ghostbusters (2016) Movie Review

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2016 | PG-13 | Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, Comedy
116 minutes /

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Ghostbusters Review


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.

Ghostbusters (2016) is an American supernatural comedy film that is a reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise and was shot in several locations in Massachusetts, USA. Director and co-writer Paul Feig (Spy (2015), Bridesmaids (2011), The Heat (2013)) did a phenomenal job executing this spectacular, entertaining, and funny movie that was a treat to Ghostbuster fans. The iconic moments, accouterments, and things from the first movie that fans fell in love with was all cleverly incorporated. Ghostbusters had a few problems, but I was happy overall and would see this film a few more times.

Ghostbusters revolves around four parapsychologists from all aspects of life in New York City starting a ghost-catching business after Manhattan became invaded by ghosts. The movie begins with an exhilarating haunting at the Aldridge Mansion and then we were quickly introduced to Erin Gilbert. Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig - The Martian (2015), Bridesmaids (2011), Despicable Me 2 (2013), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)) is a physics professor at Columbia University that needed to carry herself in a respectful manner because she is up for tenure. Erin learned that a book she wrote several years ago with her friend Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy - Gilmore GirlsĀ (2000-2007), Mike & Molly (2010-2016), Spy (2015), The Heat (2013)) was published without her permission/acknowledgment. Abby is working with Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon - Saturday Night Live (2012-2016), Finding Dory (2016), Ted 2 (2015), The Angry Birds Movie (2016)) who is an eccentric engineer. Erin was not pleased with her paranormal past and escaped it, but Abby continued researching the supernatural.

Abby and Erin decide to put their differences aside and join with Jillian to form a paranormal research team with Jillian after they learn that their city is being invaded by supernatural activities/ghost. Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones - Saturday Night Live (2014-2016), Trainwreck (2015), Wrongfully Accused (1998)) who is an MTA worker who encountered a ghost while working and is very knowledgeable about NYC history. Rowan North (Neil Casey - Saturday Night Live (2012-2013), Cufflinks (2006), Fort Tilden (2014)) is a loner that is determined on opening a vortex that would create an apocalypse. Thousands of tortured spirits and ghouls would be free to roam the city which will result at the end of the world, so it is crucial that the four females stop Rowan before he opens the vortex.

I greatly appreciated the performances from the four core/lead actors who had great chemistry together. The supernatural entities looked fantastic and could not have been better as they were so realistic as they appear to be popping out of the screen. Rowan (Neil Casey) was the perfect antagonist, but I was not happy that we did not see much of him because his screen times was very little. His performance was solid, but I cannot help to feel that his character was not fully explored.

The third act felt as though it was rushed when compared to the rest of the film because about the last 20 minutes or so was hard to keep up with as the pace was fast. I did, however, enjoy the comedy which was seen/heard for about 85 percent of the film. I also applaud the team for opening the movie with the original theme song which brought back so many memories. Ghostbuster fans should not miss this movie and should stay to see the ending credits because there is a surprise waiting for you.

About Ghostbusters 2016

Title: Ghostbusters
Original Title: Ghostbusters 3, Ghostbusters: Answer the Call, Untitled Ghostbusters Reboot
Year: 2016
Runtime: 116 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, Comedy
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.5/5 stars from 12 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 12
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Mark Falvo, Joseph Oliveira, Chris Hemsworth, Charles Dance, Ernie Hudson, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Pat Kiernan, John Franchi, Al Roker, Toby Huss, Rickland Powell, Lino Tanaka, Karan Soni, Nancy Ellen Shore, Matt Walsh, Mark Burzenski, Eddie Resendes, Nate Corddry, Michael Kenneth Williams, Leah Procito, Kevin James, Stephen Kyle, Elaine Victoria Grey, Arthur Hiou, Jim Boyd, Annie Potts, Samantha Baugnon, Michael D. Joseph
Writers: Katie Dippold, Paul Feig, Ivan Reitman, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis
Director: Paul Feig