GHOSTBUSTERS

PG-13

Who you gonna call? “Ghostbusters!” I was not really looking forward to this film. I thought the first “Ghostbuster” movie was a silly premise and not that funny even though I have always loved Harold Ramis, Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd and “Ghostbusters II” was a critical and financial disaster even though both movies have a cult following. I wasn’t bothered by the fact that the men were being replaced by women although many “Ghostbuster” aficionados

This third rendition is funny, witty and well-written and is much better than the first two. Of course, this is also goofy and outlandish, but a witty tongue-in-cheek version chockfull of surprises that will please the audience. This is not a remake of the original movie but a new rendition with a much better storyline.

Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig), Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), subway worker Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones) and their gorgeous receptionist Kevin (Chris Hemsworth) all band together to stop the otherworldly threat.

The ghostbusters are very funny women. The comic acting is perfect. Each person is absolutely perfect for their role even though other actresses were considered. Hemsworth is a real hottie and is great as the worst receptionist you have ever witnessed.

Paul Feig who directed “Ghostbusters” has also directed McCarthy in “Spy,” “Bridesmaids,” and “Heat.” He also directed on the television show, “The Office” for six years.

This brilliant script was penned by Feig and Kate Dipold who also wrote “The Heat” and was a writer on the very successful “Parks and Recreation” television show. The script was based on the original “Ghostbuster” script by Ivan Reitman, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis

Since the first “Ghostbusters” in 1984 the technology has changed dramatically. The visual effects in this version are so much better. I saw this in 3-D and the ghosts were amazing and seemed to jump off the screen.

There is no sex, violence, or bad language in this film. “Ghostbusters” is silly but it is great fun for the whole family.

“Ghostbusters” opens Friday at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12, AMC