Baby, the Ghostbusters are back with girl power for days. Whoever thinks girls aren't funny, I'm here to tell you that you are wrong as two left shoes!!! If Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Melissa McCarthy are bringing the funny, proton packs, special gadgets and lighting up the Manhattan sky for the reboot of the 1984 megabit Ghostbusters.
Two childhood science geeks/authors/former besties reunite over paranormal sightings in New York City. Sounds familiar right? Of course, this time its in 3D, the green screen special effects are ramped up a notch and when those ghosts are unleashed it's an experience one is not likely to soon forget.
Abby (Melissa McCarthy) and her business partner Jillian Holtzman (Kate McKinnon) team up with Erin (Kristen Wiig) and former MTA token booth clerk Patty (Leslie Jones) to become 'ghostbusters'.
They take on a male receptionist - Kevin (Chris Hemsworth), who is wonderful to look at, but dumb as a box of rocks...lol. However, when Kevin's body is inhabited by building janitor Rourke (Matt Walsh), things really get a little slow. Only for a few moments and then the girls are off and running ready to save New York from impending ghostly doom.
There are some classy and creative star cameos from Andy Garcia as the Mayor to all the Original Ghostbusters cast (Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, Ernie Hudson). Of course, those missing are the late Harold Ramis and Rick Moranis (who has retired from acting).
Having collaborated with McCarthy for the fourth time, director Paul Feig really did his best along with producer and Original Ghostbuster creatives Dan Aykroyd and Ivan Reitman to keep the integrity of the first version in tact. As an enormous Ghostbuster fan, I really appreciated that. Even the theme song by Ray Parker, Jr., was fused with a brand new version from Fall Out Boy featuring Grammy winning artists Missy Elliott called "I'm Not Afraid".
I got a little tickled when after posting a few pix last week this young man sent me his version of the Ghosbusters theme with his little toddler pretending to "haunt" Daddy!
Leslie Jones is "laugh out loud" funny and a real smart cookie as Patty. Her knowledgable history of NYC, it's buildings and subway tunnels make her a force to be reckoned with. It's so incredibly refreshing to see a black woman in an onscreen comedy who is not just there for the jokes, but to enhance the plot alongside with her co-stars.
Kate McKinnon as Holtzman is a strange as hell, but in a nerdy, freaky, fun sort of way that just leaves you shaking your head with a smile on your face.
Kristen Wiig is the "straight man" of the quartet and relentless in her sexual harassment of Kevin. Pure Comedy for sure!!!
Of course, anyone who has EVER read my blog in the past knows that I adore Melissa McCarthy!!!! She is a "comedy goddess" and can do no wrong in my book and along with her cohorts! Kudos to Amy Pascal for bringing some girl power to the producing team and I am totally looking forward to the sequel. "I ain't 'fraid of no ghost!!!"
Ghostbusters opens nationwide TODAY - July 15th in a theatre near you! Don't miss it!!!
FYI...Had the opportunity to attend a special press conference for bloggers and here is an excerpt...
Carla Renata: Hey Y'all How you doing!
Leslie Jones: Hey!
Carla Renata: Hey Girl...it's Carla Renata from CarlaRenatasCorner.com soon to be CurvyCritic.com (massive laughter). But, anywhoo...we were talking a little bit about empowerment. Being a curvy girl myself I understand challenges that people may have getting dressed for a red carpet or a special event...so I just want you to speak to that if you don't mind.
Leslie Jones: I've been six feet tall since the 6th grade and had a size 10 foot in 7th Grade. It was always hard for me to find clothes. So, for the industry not to make clothes for me, that average woman who actually goes into the store and buys...it kind of pisses me off a little bit.
I'm not saying there's anything wrong with being curvy. I'm a size 10 and I use to be a size 14. (based on her look we burst into laugher). I mean I need y'all to know a b*&%h been working out. ( more laughter) It takes a real designer to design for real women who buys your clothes. I know that there's the Kardashians and all that, but there's on ly a small percentage of them. The big percentage is us the real people.
We have to say something. You have to speak up. You have to! You're spending the money. You have to say something. I mean...I don't know... maybe I should shut up (uproarious laughter)
Melissa McCarthy: It's a very strange thing. I've always been bewildered. I think 72% of the American population is I think a size 14 and above. (To Leslie) You don't fall in that. Most stores do not offer it or if it is it's up by the tires.
Leslie Jones: Um...hmm
Melissa McCarthy: I'm always bewildered. What other business goes Oh it's the majority....ok I'm for sure gonna keep you out. Mean I started a clothing line because I couldn't shop. I couldn't get stuff. I had to have stuff made and I thought this is madness.
Carla Renata: What's the name of your clothing line
Melissa McCarthy: It's under my name...Melissa McCarthy. It's a crazy thing and I think the more you speak out and say like it's NOT the exception. They're expecting everyone to be the exception. It's like...NO! We come in every shape, size, color, height and everything and they should serve that.
Leslie Jones: I believe that the craziest, wrongest...(chuckling) wrongest. The most wrong statement that can be made is that's just how it is. That's just gonna kill us. There's no such thing as that...stop saying that. The worst thing that can happen is they say no.
Carla Renata: Well, alright then (laughter)