If you haven't seen Paul Feigs Ghostbusters reboot by now that probably means you aren't planning on doing so. I doubt there'e little I can say to sway you. It doesn't mean that i'm not going to try though!
The "fan" criticism of this film has been very polarizing, placing Ghostbusters in such company as the entire Star Wars prequel trilogy and to a lesser extent the rebooted Star Trek franchise (now referred to as the Kelvin timeline). Fans in all their arm chair keyboard warrior fanaticism have gone so far as to exclaim "this movie has ruined my childhood".
But just as the movie has had its share of critics it's also had strong support; not just from movie goers but industry heavyweights as well. Original film duology director Ivan Reitman lent his approval to the film saying " How wonderful those four women are together. Individually and together, they’re as unique as Bill Murray and Aykroyd and Ramis and Hudson were. They look like they should be together. You can’t explain it until you see them moving and talking.”
And the heart and soul of Ghostbusters Dan Aykroyd, arguably whom without there would be NO Ghostbusters said "As originator of the original: Saw test screening of new movie. Apart from brilliant, genuine performances from the cast both female and male, it has more laughs and more scares than the first 2 films plus Bill Murray is in it! As one of millions of man-fans and Ray Stantz, I'm paying to see that and bringing all my friends!"
Still fans balk citing "stooge" or "sell out" or even worse "paid off by the studio". The vitriol is juvenile and nonsensical. The fact is folks...reboots/ remakes/ and re-conceptualizations are as much a part of Hollywood now as they've always been. The Magnificent Seven, King Kong, True Grit, Oceans 11, Robocop and many, many more have ALL had the reboot / remake treatment, and none with the same backlash as Ghostbusters.
Marvel Comics recently had a significant plot twist in their Captain America Steve Rogers book (which you can look up on your own) that had its fandom up in arms much the same way as Ghostbusters. Leave it to Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director James Gunn to hit it on the head when he tweeted " If you're a forty-year-old dude claiming a comics company ruined your childhood because of a plot twist, you might consider that your childhood really wasn't that great to begin with." I couldn't agree more! What part of "imagination" or "suspension of disbelief" did you miss out on playing as a kid? Why do you even bother going to the movies if not to be entertained!?!?!?
And that comment brings us full circle back to the Ghostbusters reboot! There is going to be an entire generation of fans whom to them; the female cast will be THE ONLY Ghostbusters, or the "REAL" Ghostbusters (wink, wink, nudge, nudge 80's cartoon fans!).
The movie is fun! Straight up fun! It's both the story you know, and the story you don't know because it's presented in a fresh new way! As is tradition in my reviews I will refrain from spoiling plot points because I truly do want you experience it as purely as I did.
The acting is great!, the cameos are spot on and the plot is fresh enough to feel like this is a new take on the franchise.
Perhaps the most exciting thing about this film (at least for me) is the exceptional use of 3D throughout the entire presentation. In the "flip up your glasses test" this film has a depth throughout and there is nary a "flat spot" to be had anywhere in it. But the BEST part is the clever use of the "frame break" and it is AWESOME!
The film is peppered with frame breaks and each successive one had me anticipating the next! FINALLY, a use for 3D that while it retains that "in your face" element really compliments the storytelling. this is seriously lacking in virtually every 3D movie and is a welcome addition. I hope other film makers use this technique sparingly and it doesn't become just the next "latest thing". If you see Ghostbusters for no other reason, this is still a great reason to see it. you'll really like this.
Ghostbusters isn't your childhood. No matter how emotionally connected to it you may feel. With the passing of Harold Ramis, I feel like that ship has sailed. What's left in its wake is a new fresh idea that invigorates the franchise in a way that neither you nor I would have imagined. That's the problem with adulthood and all that neuroplasticity (fancy medical speak for becoming set in your way of thinking). It drys up and we're often left wanting more because our adult brains scroll at lightning speed through every scenario we've ever been through and the only thing it can come up with is the memory of what's come before. In this case the classic duology. Where the new Ghostbusters is concerned though, I think Jedi master Yoda said it best when he said "you must unlearn what you have learned."
Ghostbusters gets 9 class 5 vapours out of 10...
...that's a wrap!