Who are you going to call this Friday in theaters when director Paul Feig and Columbia Pictures blare out the sirens announcing “Ghostbusters.”

Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) is excited about the possibility of obtaining tenure at her college. That is until a book she wrote several years ago with Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) about the paranormal shows up online and threatens it all.

Her only recourse is to confront Abby and force her to remove the book from online. Arriving at a lab she talks with Abby and also meets mad scientist Jillian (Kate McKinnon). She isn’t there five minutes before they are called to a ghostly sighting! Erin and Abby make a deal and off they ride.

Of course there is a ghost and it isn’t a happy one. When a video of the encounter hits YouTube, any possibility of tenure is out the window for Erin. She joins the group and they decide to work together to find answers.

In the subways of New York works Patty (Leslie Jones), a woman who isn’t afraid to investigate strange disturbances in the tunnel. When she sees a ghost, it’s off to meet the girls who can help. Also in the new offices of the Ghostbusters is Kevin (Chris Hemsworth) who is their model looking absent minded receptionist.

As more ghosts hit the streets, the women now joined by Patty try to learn who is responsible for waking up these sleeping ghosts!

Now for the hard part — McCarthy as Abby is her usual funny self and she looks great. Wiig as Erin is just sad and I think I’ll just leave it at that. Jones just becomes a Ghostbuster in ten seconds? Hemsworth is just embarrassing as Kevin and I wanted him to go away.

The winner here is McKinnon as Jillian! She is insanely crazy, hilarious, unexpected and I had no idea what she was going to do next but I knew it was going to be good. Her one-liners cracked me up and I’d watch the film again just to hear the ones I might have missed. I just loved her!

There are characters that show up in the film that just made me sad because of how they were used in the film. Going to say right now — the “creature” at the end looks like HORRIBLE, like they couldn’t afford any more special effects so they used an old Mac to whip something up.

Other cast include Neil Casey as Rowan North, Michael McDonald as Jonathan, Steve Higgins as Dean, Bess Rous as Gertrude the Ghost, Karan Soni as Bennie, Zach Woods as Tour Guide, Ed Begley Jr., as Ed Mulgrave, Charles Dance as Harold Filmore, Ozzy Osbourne as himself.

Of course there are cameos by Annie Potts, Ernie Hudson, Dan Akroyd and the ever adorable and beloved Bill Murray.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Ghostbusters” three tubs of popcorn out of five. I know this isn’t going to make many people happy but once again this was an unnecessary remake. The 1984 version of “Ghostbusters” cannot be touched in my mind and anything that does just irks me to no end.

Was this story original? Of course not. It is just me, or did this feel like 1989 “Ghostbusters II” with the squirrely Janosz who is demoted from a Dr. to hotel crazy Rowan North in this film. The story is just all over the place which pretty much blinds the viewer into realizing there is no explanation for anything! There were so many things that just felt wrong I don’t know where to begin.

I thought the second look at a gold bust of Dr. Egon Spengler will quite easily be by-passed by the audience who doesn’t realize it happened. Giving Bill Murray that ridiculous role was just so painful to watch and I think it does him a disservice. Annie Potts cracked me up totally! Dan Akroyd gets a chance to utter a line and Hudson comes in ridiculously. That’s how I feel about it so sorry, not sorry.

If this was supposed to be a new telling of “Ghostbusters” I would have preferred that none of the characters been in this film. All it did was remind me how ridiculous it was that anyone allowed this film to be made. See what happens when you mess with my film memories? Yea, unhappy camper.

The original cast of “Ghostbusters” might not have wanted to make another film in the franchise and with that I would have let it go but noooooooooo, Hollywood once again tries to destroy fantastic memories of a fantastic film. I’m still fighting for a 100 year moratorium on remakes I mean seriously, what till I’m dead please to remake another film.

I’m sure that those who won’t take the time to watch the original films will be tickled by this version of “Ghostbusters” but who hasn’t seen the original? I’d think it would be anyone under 2.

In the end — who you going to call.



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