Directed by Paul Feig
Written by Paul Feig and Katie Dippold
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Charles Dance, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Chris Hemsworth
The remake of “Ghostbusters” is proof that just because a movie has a talented cast and a strong director, it does not mean that the movie will necessarily turn out well. This movie, while it does achieve its goal as a comedy, but it pales when compared with the original “Ghostbusters” from 1984.
The cast of “Ghostbusters” is the strength of the movie. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, and Chris Hemsworth are all fantastic. The four leads are great and give funny performances individually, and more importantly together. In comedy – more than any other genre – the ensemble is essential. Without an excellent ensemble, your movie will fail. Luckily for “Ghostbusters” the ensemble nailed it. McKinnon and Hemsworth are easily the standouts, despite the inherent sexism of Hemsworth’s Character. They steal their scenes. Meanwhile, everyone else just does their thing, they do it well, but it is still just their thing.
While Paul Feig was able to deliver a solid comedy, though the script itself was unspectacular. Most of the movie felt like a rehash of the original “Ghostbusters,” but only to the same extent that “The Force Awakens” is a rehash of “Star Wars.” And the movie is way too stuffed with references and call backs to the original “Ghostbusters.” I get it I am watching “Ghostbusters,” make your movie Mr. Feig, honestly, you’re good at it. Regardless of how great Feig is at making comedies, he cannot save the film from its inherent sense of just trying to go for the joke. This movie is a lot like playing basketball with the guy who only shoots the ball.
Now, we have to backtrack to Hemsworth’s character for a bit. If a female character had been treated the way that Hemsworth’s character was in this movie, people would be out in the streets with their torches and pitchforks, with cries of sexism and misogyny so loud that they could be heard for miles. Guess what the Hemsworth character is SEXIST! Yes, you can be sexist towards men. If I wanted to be pedantic, I could expand this to all the male characters by saying that all the male characters in this movie are either morons or the bad guy. I will not do that, because one, I do not care to be pedantic, and two, that is irrelevant. Do not try and defend it by giving that now the shoe is on the other foot/eye for an eye bull. Because guess what an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
While overall, “Ghostbusters” is certainly a solid comedy sporting a strong cast and a talented director. The script and the movie in general are too flaccid to be saved by the cast and director.