Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Summer Movie Madness - Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters is just flat out silly, zany fun. Yes I saw the original and it was silly zany fun too. I am not going to compare. As far as I’m concerned this movie stands on its own.  Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon are a strong group of comedic women. Some nut case hotel janitor has designed equipment in the basement to unleash the haunts of New York. Paranormal measurements are through the roof, and McCarthy’s seeing the fruits of her labors. She and McKinnon have been working on a shoe string budget out of a no-name school studying polarities, vortexes, and other mumbo-jumbo that adds up to ghosts.  Wiig’s tried to climb the noble path of academia, but gets derailed by social media and her former partner. Now she’s drawn back in for the sake of science.

And Leslie Jones works for the MTA. She encountered the nutter AND a ghost creature in the subway. She’s a believer AND she has her uncle’s vehicle to use – is it a hearse? Oh you bet. Yes, the women arrive with equipment to capture ghosts. They stream a force field, etc. Yes, Wiig keeps getting slimed. And cameos abound from the original – keep your eyes peeled for Bill Murray, Annie Potts, Dan Ackroyd, Ernie Hudson, a bust of the late Harold Ramis (comedy genius), and Sigourney Weaver. As I said, this movie is glorious summer fun. Zingy lines, good effects, the New York skyline. What’s not to like?

Kudos to Kate McKinnon – she absolutely cracked me up. As we know from her Hillary sketches on SNL, she can do wide-eyed crazy very well. In this movie, she steals scenes as you wait to see what she’s gonna do next. I actually went into this movie with so-so expectations. I planned on being amused, but frankly it had many laugh out loud moments. Ray cracked up too and we gave it a thumbs up for our five dollar each matinee investment.

Who you gonna call for two hours of cool theater fun? Ghostbusters…….I ain’t afraid of no ghosts.



22 comments:

  1. It did look cute in the previews. I am sure we will catch it soon. Glad you two enjoyed it.

    Betty

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  2. I think I'm the only person in America who saw the original Ghostbusters and didn't crack a smile even once. And I sooooooo wanted to like it too. At the end I was so dismayed with myself, wondering why I didn't find it funny. It was cute, although the whole 'zool' thing was tedious. Maybe this new one will make me laugh.

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    1. it's been 30+ years since the old one. Clean slate. Give this a chance - pay matinee price and I think you'll laugh

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    2. Jojo: you're NOT the only one. :-)

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    3. Jojo: you're NOT the only one. :-)

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  3. I'll wait for Netflix and then may watch it. McCarthy is sooo annoying though. Can only take so many fat jokes.

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    1. I don't mind her and with this ensemble it wasn't all her. Like I said Kate McKinnon stole the show, in my opinion

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  4. I've never seen either but both sounds like fun. Great post Joanne.
    Yvonne.

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    1. if you just want silly, go for it

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  5. I'll catch it on NetFlix. And I will be watching for those cameos.

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  6. Yes, I like that they worked in Akroyd, Murray, etc. This sounds like good, clean (or slimey at times, perhaps?) fun.
    You two, keep enjoying your summer.

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    1. Slime jokes always work, plus girl power rocks

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  7. I'm hearing great things about Kate McKinnon, so she must have been awesome. We're SNL fans over here, so the movie is filled with comedians I love. Even if it doesn't live up to the original, I'll still love it, I have a feeling!

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    1. Just plan on having fun. Summer laughs from SNL ladies. Leslie is awesome too but Kate is hysterical. Enjoy!!

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  8. I'm thinking it's a crapfest.
    I could be wrong. Melissa McCarthy is great, so yeah.
    I'll still wait until it comes out On Demand.

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    1. I wouldn't steer you wrong. Crap can serve a purpose

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  9. I'm thinking it's a crapfest.
    I could be wrong. Melissa McCarthy is great, so yeah.
    I'll still wait until it comes out On Demand.

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  10. I've heard such varied reviews of this film, I might just wait until DVD (or whatever the cool kids are waiting for these days!)

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    1. Like I said we pay only $5 US For that price my expectations are low.

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  11. This does look like a lot of fun, especially considering who stars in it. Glad you enjoyed it.

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