Over the weekend, my friend Jenny treated me to see the new “Ghostbusters” movie. I haven’t seen a movie in awhile, so I was excited, and glad she picked this one, because it’s not one I would have initially picked for myself, but it ended up being pretty funny!
The movie begins with a historically haunted mansion, complete with the green goop the Ghostbusters’ franchise is known for. The ghost sighting reunites a professor, played by Kristen Wiig, and her long-lost scientist friend, played by Melissa McCarthy.
McCarthy has a new researcher in tow, played by Kate McKinnon. The three of them check out the mansion in hopes of capturing the ghost, taking it back to their lab, and studying it.
But of course, their problem quickly becomes much larger than that, and the group recruits a fourth member, a subway operator (Leslie Jones) who sees a ghost among the tracks. They move into a makeshift office/lab above a Chinese restaurant, and hire a secretary. Enter: Mancandy Chris Hemsworth.
His character is dumb as rocks, but for once it’s great to see a guy placed in a flick for the pure drool factor.
Together, the women must catch the ghosts – which are multiplying by the day – while keeping New York City safe, and getting people (including the government) to believe their challenge is real. Decent plot + comedic timing is what makes this movie a win.
You know what else is cool? The fact that most of this cast is from Saturday Night Live (Cecily Strong makes a few appearances, too)! The film received tons of backlash when it announced its mainly-female cast – critics wanted to stick to the original formula of an all-male spirit squad.
Please! It’s about time we had more films that feature female leads; men get them all the time. And besides, the movie does PLENTY to pay homage to the original cast and films. Honestly, I am not a huge fan of the original – so, I can’t say how it compares to that, although I did like this one much better.
I’d say if you’re at all interested in seeing it, you definitely should. I am a huge Kristen Wiig fan, and it was great to see Kate McKinnon in a longer role than just on SNL.
…So, I’ve been drinking out of this coffee mug that I got from a mug swap I participated in many years ago. It was done through a blog – anyone that wanted to participate just sent their address to the main blogger, along with a few fun facts about us, and we got mugs from another blogger, and of course I sent a mug to my assigned blogger.
I’d really like to do something similar – would anyone be interested in participating? We could do a book swap, recipe swap, or perhaps just a $5 care package swap – if you’ve got ideas for another kind of swap, I am open to it – I’d like to keep it something for both women and men, so keep that in mind.
If there’s enough people that would participate – I can get this going next week! Let me know in the comments, or send me an email: Holly@thebitterlemon.com. I hope to hear from you!