Thursday, July 14, 2016
It seems like it's been an eternity we've been hearing about this reboot of the 1985 beloved classic. And most of what we've been hearing is from internet trolls throwing a tantrum that it's heresy to remake this film with four women! I never understood the outrage. If you're going to dig up a classic you might as well make one that's different than the original. So, as always, I opted to see the final product before I critique it. And the final product is pretty good. It's a decent reboot that's different enough from the original, but has all the homages you could want. They clearly spared no expense. The special effects, action scenes, and ghosts are great. And as far as the four women (Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones) go? They're good. Not spectacular, but good enough. I think the camaraderie from the original team was better, for sure. But these are four talented and likeable comedians. If I had to choose, I'd say Kate McKinnon was the clear MVP, just as she is on SNL. She simply has the least amount of vanity, and always totally commits to her comedy. The rest of them were fine, but perhaps a bit understated.
Who is this movie for? As wide release, mainstream films go, this one's pretty decent. And as supernatural comedies go, I think it's stronger on the supernatural and lacking a bit on the comedy. But it's a pretty enjoyable watch overall. You'll probably enjoy it, despite what the internet trolls want you to believe.