The reboot, remake whatever people are calling the new Ghostbusters film is a modern miracle. Not only because the new film is very good. It is miraculous that this movie got made at all. As some of you might remember, this thing was written off more times than a good tax shelter! However, it finally took visionary director Paul Feig and a cast of take no prisoner, comedic genius females (Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones... with a solid assist from Chris Hemsworth), to bring this thing to fruition. Ultimately, what we have got is a fresh take on an original concept, that, if it were the only film in the series, would probably be even more special.
The question I am sure many of you have is ages old: Is the new version better than the old one? Truthfully, no. The original Ghostbusters from 1984 still features some of the best comedy/physical performances that have ever been lensed for the silver screen. The cast of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson is still one for the ages. So strong was this cast however, that even the smaller roles played by Annie Potts, Rick Moranis and Sigourney Weaver are considered part of the casting coup that made this film so hard to reboot/remake. So, just what is the new Ghostbusters? Well, it is filled with cameos from the old cast as well as references to the original Ghostbusters film. However, it also references movies like The Exorcist and in some scenes this movie even seems to borrow from send-up films like Scary Movie.
However, once you get passed all that you will see that Sony's new Ghostbusters is its own film. It is mixed with voluble comedic moments, solid visual effects, and the kind of comedy we've come to expect from the Bridesmaid set. All of this coalesces into a stand alone film that shows everybody that they should never judge a book by it's cover (or a movie by its trailer). Alas, this is why we give you '5 Reasons the Haters Were Wrong About the New Ghostbusters.'
More Visually Rewarding
This is simply a no brainer. Effects wizards can do more in 2016 than they were able to do in 1983. However, it doesn't end there. The effects in the original film weren't that bad. If put against the 2016 film they would look downright atrocious. Perhaps this is why the old Ghostbusters resonated so much? Without the benefit of today's technology, they had to rely very specifically on certain effects scenes and moments. The onus was on the actors to imbue the film with story, character and movie moments. Thankfully the cast of the 1984 film was up to the task, both with what they had on the page and with what they could improvise, that they helped create a classic. However, on a purely visual level, the apparitions and overall look and sound design on the new Ghostbusters cannot be matched.
Face It, Women Rule Comedy
Melissa McCarthy is a box office juggernaut and Kristen Wiig is right alongside her. Woman have cornered the market on today's comedy. Just look at 2016 and you will see this to be true. In Neighbors 2, who gave the funniest performances? The sorority headed by Chloe Grace Moretz, Kiersey Clemons and Beanie Feldstein. Sure, Ryan Reynolds was hilarious in Deadpool but his co-star Morena Baccarin stole just about every scene she was in. In Zoolander 2, it was the red hot Penelope Cruz who really seemed to stand out amongst those so called comedy geniuses. This says nothing of Angourie Rice's twisted adolescent in The Nice Guys or McCarthy's own starring turn in The Boss. The comedic juice between McCarthy, Wiig, McKinnon and Jones is palpable in the new Ghostbusters. This radiates on screen and it's what helps give the film its "fly by the seat of your pants" energy.