"There's something strange in your neighborhood. Who you gonna call?" This time round, Ghostbusters (2016) answers that call. This supernatural comedy film directed by Paul Feig, and written by Feig and Katie Dippold. It is a reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise. Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.
Since the haunting of Ghostbusters II in 1989 and before the reboot haunted screens, various scripts and ideas for a third film in the Ghostbusters series had long been planned. These ideas included one in which Bill Murray's character died and became a ghost, and another in which the Ghostbusters went to hell. But due to Murray's reluctance to commit to the project and the death of Harold Ramis in 2014 resulted in the decision to reboot the franchise instead. The project was officially announced in 2014, with Paul Feig slated as the director. By January 2015, a female cast, that included Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, were officially announced through a picture tweeted by Feig. Both the announcement of the reboot and the cast attracted significant controversy, which consisted of critical and sexist remarks. The controversy escalated even further when the first official trailer was posted on line in March 2016. By May 2016, it became the most disliked movie trailer in YouTube history, with 221,400 likes and 649,900 dislikes.
The film stars McCarthy, Wiig, McKinnon, Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Cecily Strong, Neil Casey and Andy García. Out of the ghost wranglers, McKinnon and Jones emerged as real comedic dynamites. Thanks to the sweetly earnest and the gracious generosity of McCarthy and Wiig about giving the show to them. McKinnon and Jones obviously regard their characters as an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to develop their cinematic chops. This is a female-driven comedy that tries to admirable prove that females can do as much as males, if not more so, and where Chris Hemsworth emerges as a genuine surprise as a comedic star. Not only can this man be a superhero, but he can also be one of the funniest people on the screen. The four women have definitely proven that women have equal power as men to become stars and icons of major tent-pole franchises. Love him or not, Paul Feig is consistently makes movies about women and girl-power.
Thanks to its female cast, Ghostbusters is somewhat an amusing delight, but it lacks the charm, wit, and energy of the original. The film did not try anything new and like many remakes and reboots, merely re-treated the first film. The film took little comic risks. It looks as if the filmmakers, particularly the writers, simply didn't try to do anything special. They just simply filled it overblown nostalgia for the original and forgot to create its own original story. This all female reboot only merely makes us long for the threequel that should have taken this film's place.