Whether a fan of the original or completely oblivious to its existence, the female-led revival of "Ghostbusters" is an absolute blast.
Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy are the rocks, but Kate McKinnon is the breakout star while Chris Hemsworth playing the role of the stereotypical dumb blonde is funny on so many levels.
McKinnon, who plays Jillian Holtzmann, absolutely nails her role. Every time she opens her mouth I feel like it provided a laugh. Her timing, facial expressions and delivery were masterful. She has not done much outside of SNL in the movie world, but that is about to -- and needfully so -- change.
Holtzmann serves as not the comedic relief, but a character who has always been there for Abby Yates (McCarthy) even when Erin Gilbert (Wiig) was not. She is the weapons specialist and has her own Wonder Woman in BvS-esque badass action scenes near the end.
Hemsworth serves as the comedic relief as Kevin, the clueless receptionist the Ghostbusters hire. He wears glasses without the lens so it's easier to itch his eyes, he covers his eyes when loud noises happen and so on and so on.
Wiig and McCarthy nail their roles without question, as does Leslie Jones. Seriously, could they have cast this movie any better? McCarthy gets her physical comedy moments while Wiig gets to shine in that stuck in awkwardland forever type of mid-30 something.
She's a blast, mostly when she's around Hemsworth's Kevin. There is a scene where Kevin spits his coffee back into a cup and Wiig drinks it with the line "I'm not going to waste it."
She plays the desperate, confident, intelligent character at an unmatched, unable to look away level.
We get cameos from Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson. All are quick, somewhat funny and don't really mess with the pacing, well, besides that Aykroyd one. We could have found a better spot for that one, at least Murray's went along with the actual story a little bit.
Ernie's felt like a pity inclusion just to get everyone in at the end of the flick. Aykroyd and Hudson's inclusion -- at least plot pacing wise -- feel like a shameless cater-job to a segment of fans that wasn't going to give this movie a fair shot in the first place.
This movie is not a needless rehash, it's not a shameless money grab and it never gets clogged up in the many homages to the past. Heck, I even love the way they come up with the logo. It's all very bright and works a lot better on an original level than people will ever give it credit for.
People -- guys -- are going to complain about its "casual sexism," but where has this argument been for women the last *insert an amount* of years. Loosen up and laugh. Stop being offended by Hemsworth playing the "dumb blonde" or credit scenes where we hear "safety lights are for dudes."
In a summer filled with big action, sci-fi and others, this is the comedy not to miss. Is it perfect? No. Are people going to be way too insecure with some jokes against dudes? Yes. Shoot, if you need a guy to make you laugh, Hemsworth does a damn fine job playing his role.
Is it the perfect script? No, not at all. My one key argument is the villain used. It's the typical basement-dwelling nerd. The manner in which he executes his plan is cool, but I feel like there was something much deeper and just as easy to portray villain wise.
Whether you have a penis or not -- seriously bros, suck it up and you just might enjoy yourself -- I highly recommend this flick.