GHOSTBUSTERS

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It’s been thirty years since the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man and Slimer became common household names and they are back in the reboot of the action-comedy sci-fi classic, Ghostbusters. This film begins with Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) confronting her ex-BFF, Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) about putting a book that they wrote on the existence of ghosts on the internet. Erin now has a respectable job at a university and doesn’t want her colleagues to look down on her. The two are visiting their scientist friend Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) who makes ghost catching equipment, when a news report comes on television about ghosts being spotted in an old house. They grab their proton-packs – made by Jillian – rush over to the haunted house and actually capture the ghost. Soon calls begin coming in about ghost sightings and the group begins searching for a location for their ghostbusting business. Within a short time, they take on a fourth member of the team Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones) a transit worker who had spotted evil spirits in the subway system. With their newfound fame they need a receptionist so they hire Kevin (Chris Hemsworth) who isn’t the sharpest crayon in the box, but looks really good. The four women become famous killing or capturing ghosts till a lonely deranged man named Rowan (Neil Casey) opens a porthole allowing stronger and more terrifying ghosts into New York City. I have to admit I was looking forward to this film but I was also somewhat reluctant because I loved the original and wasn’t sure the new movie could do it justice. The best thing about this film was that director Paul Feig did a fantastic job combining the old with the new. Don’t worry old Ghostbuster fans, only the basics are the same leaving the original film somewhat unique. The four women play new characters and the story is almost completely different. (Well, they do use the term protoplasm a lot.) Viewers are treated to cameos by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Sigourney Weaver who also play completely different characters than in the original film. This is a fun family movie for kids over ten years old and grandparents who saw the original when they were younger. (Yes, I was quite a bit younger when I saw the original blockbuster.) It’s really hard to reboot a beloved classic but this one works and I’m giving it a B rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals. I rely more on a good story line than special effects.