The first character we're introduced to in Ghostbusters is Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig), a scientist ashamed of her history with investigating paranormal activity. But her shame soon goes away after she discovers a ghost with her childhood friend Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) and her scientist partner, Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon). Together, they form the Ghostbusters, hoping to capture ghosts all around New York City. It doesn't go well, but after getting a case from Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones), they soon realise that all of their cases thus far are connected, and there may just be someone who's amplifying the ghost activity and setting them free.
The plot, as simple as it is, moves along at a fairly quick pace, and because of that, I was never really bored. Even the scenes that fell flat were never boring. I was interested in what was going on, even if all of it is formulaic and predictable. It's fun to see all these very talented cast members do their thing, and all four of the Ghostbusters have some great chemistry, resulting in plenty of chuckle-worthy moments throughout. The only character that provided big gut-busting laughs was Chris Hemsworth, his first appearance especially. He steals the show.
Melissa McCarthy plays... Melissa McCarthy. She's fine in the role, but there's nothing new here. She's been typecast once again, but her character had no depth whatsoever. She was there, she said some funny lines, and that's it. The same can be said for Leslie Jones, who's the most stereotypical character in the whole film. She's funny, sure, but once again, the character just doesn't work. These feel like characters you'd find on Saturday Night Live, and if you've ever seen that show, you know that's not a good thing when you're trying to establish a new movie franchise.
Paul Feig as a director can make some seriously funny movies, most famously Bridesmaids. His last two film, Spy, didn't do an awful lot for me, and so I was hesitant when he was announced as the director of this new Ghostbusters. While the content is far less mature than he's used to, he does prove to be a worthy director to helm this new film, limiting himself to just two sex jokes, both of which are blink and you'll miss it moments. He knows this film is for a different audience than he's used to, and he does an admirable job at it.
To sum up, Ghostbusters is a fun new take on the classic franchise with some seriously funny cast members. The problem is, it struggles to stand on its own, has the most stereotypical characters you can possibly imagine and features a tonne of really idiotic moments or callbacks. But hey, if one were to be made in the coming years, I ain't afraid of no sequel.