Ghostbusters

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“Ghostbusters,” starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa Mc

“Ghostbusters,” starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, is an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride filled with zany characters and laughs.

Erin Gilbert (Wiig) is a physicist, Abby Yates (McCarthy) is a paranormal researcher, Jillian Holtzmann (McKinnon) is a nutty engineer, and Patty Tolan (Jones) is an NYC local. When the women team up to prove the existence of ghosts, they soon realize that paranormal activity in Manhattan has been magnified by weird blue glowing boxes. The Ghostbusters must vanquish all of the ghosts and save New York City from the apocalypse.

Most of the characters were very well written and performed but the one that stood out to me was McKinnon’s “Holtzmann”. She had the audience in the palm of her hand with her quirky lines and comical faces. Even when other characters were talking, I would watch her in the background because she would always be doing something totally wacky. She had the best jokes and reactions to everything. McKinnon was made to play “Jillian Holzmann.”

 The reboot of “Ghostbusters” was a total success. The story was very similar to the previous movies (which was predictable) but it was still entertaining. There are many parallels to the original movie, but you don’t have to have seen the first one to enjoy this new release.

 

The pace of everything was very well timed so nothing got too boring and the story was easy to follow. The humor was fairly tame and there was very little sexual innuendo. The jokes in the film were perfectly spaced out so that it wasn’t just slapstick comedy constantly like a Will Ferrell movie. The animation was realistic for the type of movie it was and the actors acted well with it. The only critique I have is Wiig’s character was slightly annoying and not that funny.

“Ghostbusters” is rated PG-13 because of frightening images and in one scene a character shows other characters “the finger” multiple times. I will admit that I was scared at some points in the movie. Scary images aside, I would say it was a very tame PG-13 movie and would be acceptable for moviegoers even slightly younger than 13 (as long as they “ain’t ‘fraid of no ghosts,” that is).

Overall “Ghostbusters” is an outstanding movie with just the right amount of heart, jokes, and jump scares.