RosieMeter: 93% Full Bloom
Runtime: 1 hr. 45 mins.
Stay through the credits? Yes! There is one extra scene
Ghostbusters reinvents the franchise with an all-female ghost-busting team that includes Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.
These actresses are among the funniest on the planet and are a true joy to watch. The story — a rag-tag team of paranormal investigators trying to rid New York City of evil spirits —sticks pretty faithfully to the 1984 original.
Kate McKinnon stands out as the real break-out star of the film. She’s strange and quirky while also gorgeous. She seems to be having a blast every moment and this is just the beginning of her film career.
Chris Hemsworth as Kevin, the “Himbo” of secretaries, brings as many laughs as the women. This was a fun wink to the audience that almost makes up for the original’s sexist tropes.
Many movie-lovers feel very loyal to the original film and that’s understandable. Those of us who saw Ghostbusters as a teenager hold the movie near and dear to our hearts. No monster has ever delighted me more than the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.
But comedies from the 1980s lack the sophistication of the R-rated comedies to which we’ve grown accustomed over the last decade. Side-by-side, the new Ghostbusters can’t compete with films like The Hangover, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, or Bridesmaids. That said, the reboot is a fun romp with cool Easter eggs and great music.
Incorporating four female protagonists: 20 pts.
Female co-writer and multiple female producers: 20 pts.
Telling a woman’s story: 20 pts.
Quality of filmmaking/entertainment value: 10 pts.
Passes the Bechdel-Wallace test: 20 pts.
Wild card: 3 points for taking the risk of turning a male-dominated franchise into a female one.