Forget what you’ve heard from vitriolic naysayers; this movie is boatloads of fun.
The story: Someone is weakening the barrier between our world and the realm of ghosts, and it’s up to a rag-tag team of scientists and not-scientists to find out who it is and stop them. Also starring a host of fabulous cameos from the original cast!
The thing that makes this film work so well is that it recognizes that the first one was such a success because it allowed each actor to work within their own comedic wheelhouse, giving the whole thing an organic, improvised feel. The cast in this one is given the same freedom, lending their own comedic strengths to their characters.
Kristen Wiig plays the “straight man” character who boasts a brilliant mind and a dreadful wardrobe. Leslie Jones is the bold and brassy non-scientist with an encyclopedic knowledge of New York geography. Melissa McCarthy is the enthusiastic scientist who doesn’t care that the entire scientific community thinks her theories are idiocy. And, my favorite character of the film, Kate McKinnon plays the borderline insane mad scientist who likes blowing things up and dislikes social conventions. The four main actors play off one another beautifully
Progressive gender politics aside, this film is a total blast. A few of the jokes fall a bit flat here and there, but I was giggling through the whole thing, and folks in the theater were cheering and laughing throughout. I will probably get stoned for this, but it’s as good as the original, and I’m really excited to see this rebooted franchise take off. The first film is still fantastic (not even its awful sequel could spoil everyone’s positive opinions of it), and this is a worthy successor.
Also, stay after the credits. After all the credits.