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.
Chris Hemsworth finally shows his range as a weird, hilarious comedian for hire! It's about time for that isn't it? Despite films like Rush, In the Heart of the Sea and Blackhat, Thor hasn't really gotten to flex his acting muscles has he? This all changes as he gives the comedic turn of the year in Ghostbusters. Sure, you can harken back to last years Vacation reboot (what is it with Hemsworth and reboots??), but Hemsworth was only a minor player in the saga of the Griswolds. In Ghostbusters he is front and center, matching the ladies tit for comedic tat, and never seeming to feel uncomfortable or out of place. Whether he is showing off pictures of himself shirtless with a saxophone, or poorly answering the phone for a new client of the Ghostbusters, pretty much everything Hemsworth is doing is spot on. It makes one wonder just what kind of career he will have once The Avengers run their course?
The Updated Soundtrack
They updated that cheesy 80s Song! You may not like this, but Ray Parker, Jr.'s theme song to the 1984 film needed a makeover. Sure it's fun to hear that song's pulsating beats, and yes, it's great to ask "Who you gonna call?" but come on, enough already. Lets bring that song into the now. It needs some auto-tune, some sonic muscle and that is just what it gets here. The pace is sped up, multiple versions are cut into the film, and there's even a version that is heavy on guitar! This might sound like blasphemy but the updated song actually works a lot better in the updated film. It is almost as if it has become a character in the movie in a way that the Parker's song never was. Should there be another installment of this newly redone franchise (and there is a scene in the closing credits that seems to suggest that there will be), one can only suspect that this songs presence will be even greater. And let's never forget, Ray flat out stole the song's melody from Huey Lewis. And guess who's getting a big huge heaping portion of the benefits from a;; these new version? Yup, the same guy who brought us Power of Love. How can you really love what is essetially a rip-off of 'I Want a New Drug' to begin with?
We Can Finally Move On From the 80s movies
If this new version of Ghostbusters does anything, it is that it allows us to move on. Not just from the 1980s movies but from the 1980s in general. I have often wrote that it seems like with all these superhero films, and reboots from that glorious decade, some people think that those times are actually going to come back. Well, here's a bit of news for you if you haven't taken a smell of the coffee already... THOSE DAYS ARE GONE. Forever. There's no reason to complain, no reason to explain why the films of yesteryear are superior, they are gone; bye-bye. The producers of the new Ghostbusters, by completely recasting this film with women, have not only shut the door and thrown away the key, they've also liberated a franchise that seemed destined to never be heard from again. At the very least, whether you love the new Ghostbusters or hate it, we've at least gotten one more Ghostbusters' film. Isn't that worth something? It's time to embrace the now and Ghostbusters does that with both arms.