In 'Ghostbusters,' character comedy is trampled by effects

Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy

And casting some of Hollywood's funniest women (Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones) using a proven comedy writer/director in Paul Feig (BRIDESMAIDS, SPY) thirty years later was a brilliant way to return to the action.

Have you seen Ghostbusters yet? In fact, Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones filled us in on just how scary the ghosts were, sharing a couple of behind-the-scenes stories about the actors in full makeup giving the entire cast a big scare during one scene in particular.

The new movie is not a straight-up remake, but Feig and co-writer Katie Dippold pay homage to the original, including a certain setting.

Will you be catching Ghostbusters on July 15? The supporting cast includes Andy Garcia, Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister, anyone?), Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Ozzy Osbourne. But before we jump to "fear of ghosts" = "fear of women" translations, the original "Ghostbusters" didn't have a theatrical release in China either.

Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot has been enjoying generally decent/good reviews (you can check out ours here), and looks set for a very respectable opening weekend at the USA box office - but THR is reporting on some news that might just put a dampener on the positivity parade. Which crew of Ghostbusters would we like best, the male or female?

When many people heard there would be a reboot of the Ghostbusters movie, reactions varied. Instead of a droll Bill Murray hogging the limelight, four terrific ladies - Bridesmaids pals McCarthy and Wiig and Saturday Night Live's McKinnon and Jones - have a blast with each other and with some amusing bits. They feature a couple extra scenes, a very amusing bit with Hemsworth dancing, and little jokes are peppered in the background as the credits roll by. Wiig's Gilbert speaks of an early experience with a ghost, which spiked her interest, but overall, the four leads are poorly developed and not at all interesting. Sort of - and I mean sort of - rounding out their group is Kevin, played by the insanely handsome Chris Hemsworth, the Ghostbusters' not-too-bright but charming receptionist. They hit the nail on the head. This isn't the only positive review of the film that is out there, so don't even try to convince me that the movie isn't amusing.

See it for the nostalgia, the cameos, and McKinnon; but go in with low expectations.

However, not all fans will get to see the film, especially if you're from China. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

"But I didn't", said Melissa to continued laughter. The entire build-up from the first act was just amusing, with the banter just hitting you at all sides. "You better call Ghostbusters".

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