Review: Ghostbusters (2016)
A refreshing new action-comedyGhostbusters is an uplifting change to a franchise that has been mediocre at best for the last few years. The original is fine, yes, but this film was a blast.
It's wonderful. This isn't a gender thing. It's a movie thing. I maintain that most of these jokes would land fine with an all-male cast.
It's witty, charming, and just plain neat.
Ghostbusters doesn't fall into the trap that many female ensemble comedies do - that every character's arc is about finding a man. While romance is nice, it makes a change for an ensemble comedy to be driven entirely by the women.
The balance of horror and comedy is very palatable. It doesn't stray into territory that is too dark or unforgiving, but horror does help the narrative. The pacing of this film is good, too. It's just under two hours long but the time flies by.
To those of you who aren't going to see this movie because of blind attachment to the original, consider this. This remake isn't going to stop your original film existing. You can continue to own your copy of the original while supporting the new.
Ghostbusters is joyous, funny, and likable. Check it out!