The film focuses on Erin Gilbert, a scientist who is up for tenure. After realizing that a book on the paranormal, that she co-wrote with Abby Yates, has resurfaced, she reluctantly agrees to aid Yates and eccentric engineer Jillian Holtzmann in investigating a paranormal event at a mansion, so that the book can disappear. While they find a ghost, they are fired from their respective positions and choose instead to open their own business on investigating ghostly occurrences, hiring a hunky, dimwitted secretary. After MTA worker Patty Tolan encounters a sighting in the subway, she joins the team and after the four manage to capture a ghost at a rock concert, they gain fame, while also trying to contend with a dangerous ghostly threat and trouble from the mayor’s office.
Paul Feig, who directed and co-wrote the film with Katie Dippold, does a fine job at honoring the 1984 original, which had been directed by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, even if he does fail in spots. The film is not a direct recreation of the original, but instead has a different approach in spots, even if there are similarities. The film starts off with an amazing scene at a mansion, whereas in the original it was at the New York Public Library. While in the original, Murray, Aykroyd and Ramis worked at Columbia University, only Wiig works at Columbia in this film. Jones and Hudson both join the team off the street, though in different ways. Both films have the team becoming well-known and famous at a larger location: a hotel in the original and a rock concert in this film. Both films also have different major threats as well, while also having to deal with the mayor. Still, this film has a great approach to its originality, while also poking fun in spots at the hatred that came from male fans of the 1984 film. While this film takes place in New York City, most scenes were shot in Boston, though it manages to appear as New York City. (Watch Ghostbusters Streaming Online)
Feig and Dippol craft an interesting film, that feels like a homage toward the original. This film is Feig’s first PG-13 rated comedy since Bridesmaids, The Heat and Spy, all three of which were rated R. While Feig probably had difficult making a PG-13 rated comedy since he must have had so much use to making an R rated comedy, he still pulls off a good PG-13 rated film. Robert Yeoman’s cinematography is snazzy in spots, while also wonderfully supporting the main plot, blending horror with comedy in other spots. The final fight between the Ghostbusters and ghosts is photographed and shot brilliantly, not only supporting that chaotic feel, but also blending the feel of a comic book battle with horror and comedy. Theodore Shapiro’s score also wonderfully supports the film, feeling jazzy in spots and really subtle. The decision of bringing in Ray Parker Jr.’s original theme song from the 1984 film is genius in many ways. The special effects, chiefly the ghosts, are well-handled. The ghosts are spectacular, while the filmmakers choosing the smart move of introducing new and original ghosts: a female ghost in a mansion who pukes up green slime; an electrocuting ghost; a dragon-like ghost at a rock concert; balloons; pilgrims and a flashing ghost. The cameos of Slimer and Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man are really brilliant, as well as the ghost that the villain takes the form of. While some may complain that the film relies on too much CGI for the ghosts, it doesn’t feel over the top and has a very unique feel to it, while still emitting the old-fashioned tone that was present in the ghosts in the 1984 film. For me, it never ruined the film.
Still, there are few problems that resulted in my mixed response, a few of which I have already mentioned: Jones’s stereotype character and the underdeveloped villain. The main problem is that the film follows wild comedy, unlike the original which was more subtle. While Bridesmaids had wild comedy, for example the bridal shop scene, it supported the film, while I feel a subtle approach should have been brought to this film, like with the original. If the film had been on the subtle side, it probably would have been more interesting and lots more fun. Some of the comedy at times seems to be overdone and go on for too long as well, almost reaching the point of sitcom in a few spots. While the film does start off great, it sags for a while, but around the middle it moves along, with a rip-roaring finale between the Ghostbusters and the ghosts. (Ghostbusters Full Movie Online)
The end result is a good film, but not a great one. While it pays tribute to the original in a good way, there are still issues, though its a film that you will enjoy seeing, which won’t waste your time and is still worth the price of ticket or even a late night Netflix viewing. If a sequel is made, which no doubt there will be one, maybe it will be done a little bit better and with more heart, though thats not to say this film didn’t have heart, it just felt a little empty in spots, while the sequel will follow a subtler feel. The end result, though, is enjoyable and I should also say that no-one should pay any attention to the naysayers or fanboys, the ladies do rule this film. Even seeing the film being dedicated to Harold Ramis is respectful and made me pleased. I’m sure that Ramis would have approached of this film.
Still around during the end credits and for an interesting scene after the credits that makes mention to an important character from the original film, though I will not spoil it for you. (Ghostbusters Streaming Online)