So Ghostbusters starts with a freaky story of a girl who was imprisoned in the basement of her mansion after killing her father way back in the late nineteenth century and the door to her chamber had never been opened; until a tourist accident unlocks it. Meanwhile, a professor is getting ready for her first college day, a woman named Erin Gilbert who thought she had the past of studying paranormal activity behind - until she realizes her former partner in the field Abby Yates, played by Melissa McCarthy, went ahead and published their 450 paged novel of it. Surprisingly, this doesn't get her fired right away. Erin goes to Abby's workplace where she and a barrel-licking scientist Holzworth played by Kate McKinnon are still at work, with a lunch delivery guy who never gives the right amount of wanton in Abby's soup. Then when the three go to that old mansion where there was a ghost sighting and the reverse tractor beam has an electro-voice phenomenon, something that's never happened before, another sighting by YPD officer and attendant Patty played by the hilarious and loud Leslie Jones comes up and some motivation to make some difference arrives, the Ghostbusters have formed. But they might be off to a rocky start.
My first reactions to this film were that despite not believing Erin would not know after several years her book was out there and a rather offensive comment (said by the bad guy so it's a little excusable), I was genuinely laughing and genuinely spooked. The movie doesn't try as hard as The Forest to make you jump up in your seat but I was happy for that, plus the way it still settles for a few to make you feel like a ghost is coming through the walls at these girls. Not to mention the sliming actually made me laugh out loud each time it came up and I wanted to replay the joke. Almost every joke that came in this movie I wanted to rewind over and hear again. I was also pleased with the diverse personality and shape and size of each Ghostbuster, plus the movie's pleasant use of real scientific words like "reverse tractor beam", "vision scorch", "mix of discharge isotopic decay". Scientists used fiction like these in the early twentieth century to foretell atomic bombs and computers. And did I mention that the metamusul joke couldn't have been more spot on with Chris Hemsworth at the helm? Or that Holzworth's weapons are not only, just like Spy's tacky costumes, are crazily and intelligently hilariously deadly and are utilized in the film quite well? But I think what really makes Ghostbusters soar is its tenacity of the restless and non believing world. Just like how the movie has been trashed-on just from the trailer, people trash the so-called Ghostbusters just for assumptions and as a YouTuber whose had people call me fat, ugly, stupid and insane, I automatically related to the heroes being hated. Or maybe they are getting unwarranted revenge when they stole equipment from their last workplace, ha ha.
Then the movie puts on a discussion about ghosts. Remember the animated show Monsters Inc? That movie stealthily put up the imagination that the monsters under our bed and in our closet we dreamed up were real and our fear was used like battery acid. Ghostbusters has a small story about a life of seeing a ghost and being ridiculed. It would be like saying in college that your favourite movie is Sharkboy and Lavagirl (a movie I like, BTW). I thought about that scene for quite a while after it played. I also enjoyed the event with Bill Murray, a good cameo and a comparison to his stubbornness about not wanting a second Ghostbusters sequel. That scene was relatable as well, a scene of pure temptation that almost nobody (except Abby I guess) would object to.
The only things that I think pull Ghostbusters back is that its villain doesn't have enough of a side story, the minor complications I said before, and the ghosts sometimes looked overly similar to each other. Oh, and during one scene in daylight, a ghost escapes and there's nobody on the street where I felt there should've been at least one person in the background. But these are really minor and I might bump up this movie to an A, mostly because I have a suspicion a sequel won't get green lit because of how many fanboys tried to shoot this movie down and the way they refused to admit the critic's disagreement shows them they aren't always, if ever, correct. I tend to be infuriated with the general population in stories like that. Ghostbusters may as well be the new Last Airbender film; a movie everyone hates on but I genuinely love.