It's funny, and nuanced in its funniness: hehs to haaaaaaas to lols.
So, how do the Ghostbusters of today shape up against the boys of yesteryear? Pretty well ...
This is a mediocre horror/comedy that deserves neither high praise nor disparagement.
As is so often the case with special-effects-heavy movies, the character comedy quickly gets trampled by the effects (in this case, not special).
In her wily line delivery and cocksure swagger, McKinnon resembles nothing if not a young Bill Murray. Through her thick goggles is the impish spark that keeps movies like this in orbit.
These women are having fun just being together and getting to don matching jumpsuits and whale on undead spirits, and their evident joy makes us happy to hop in the hearse for a ride-along.
How will the reboot be remembered a couple of decades down the line? Not as beloved, or beloathed; more likely as beliked, if it's remembered at all.
The colorful new version isn't unfaithful to the source material's mythology. It's a fun, true-blue update of a classic.
Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones make a formidable comic team in their own right - though McKinnon steals the show as oddball physics geek Holtzmann (the Egon, if you will).