Film Review - Ghostbusters

*Disclaimer - I went to see this movie because of the treatment of Leslie Jones on twitter. The reason I say this is because I want people to know that I didn't dismiss the movie because I didn't "approve" of what the filmmakers were doing I just wanted to see Star Trek opening weekend so decisions had to be made. 

The Movie
So I decided to check this movie out over Jason Bourne for the reason explained in my disclaimer. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the movie. Now I wasn't one of those people who was screaming bloody murder about ruined childhoods and blaming feminists for the route the filmmakers chose to take with the movie. The initial reason I had misgivings about the movie was because the trailers, in my opinion, just weren't that good. The movie serves as both a reboot and an homage to the original Ghostbusters film much like the latest Star Wars movie did. While it is true that the film did gender swap the roles I thought it worked out well. Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig do a good job portraying high school friends that were interested in the paranormal but went on different paths as they got older. Like the original this movie works for the most part because of the main Ghostbusters. I find myself actually laughing at a lot of the jokes and the action wasn't bad either. Kate Mckinnon's character, while I found her to be way out there at first she grew on me and I liked her more and more as the movie went on. This brings me to Leslie Jones, in my opinion, she is actually one of the best parts of the movie. Yes, she is not a scientist but she knows New York like the back of her hand and she knows about the history of New York as well. On top of that she is funny in the movie. Most of the laughs I got came from Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon's characters. Another thing that I liked about the movie was the fact that each of the ladies got their own signature weapon besides just the proton pack and it actually works for the climatic sequence at the end of the movie. Now there are some issues with the movie. I found that there were some scenes that seemed to be missing. I don't know if there is going to be a Director's Cut of the DVD but there were about 2 - 3 scenes that feel like there should have been a scene before it. Also they don't do a good job of sticking to their rules. If you know anything about Ghostbusters then you know you can't kill a ghost you have to trap it. They bring this up in the movie but during the final sequence they are not trapping any of the ghosts. Now they do explain that something will act as a huge trap but this is after they have mowed down about a good 75 ghosts. It was just some odd editing choices in my opinion that just didn't make any sense and really had me scratching my head a little.

For Parents
This movie is rated PG-13. It does have some language in it and some of the kids in the movie got scared from a couple of the jump scares (you won't jump). There is some slapstick comedy in the movie but nothing disgusting or vulgar.  That goes for the innuendos as well, they'll fly straight over your kids heads.

The Verdict
This movie is a solid MATINEE, in my opinion. It's not to long, has some great comedic segments in it, and is actually a nice little reboot/homage to the original. The cameos work well and Chris Hemsworth is frikkin hilarious. Its a fun movie to watch on an afternoon.


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