After all of the scepticism about this film before it came out and then all of the mixed reviews I did not want to watch it for fear of ruining the original. If that is what you’re thinking then do not worry, it doesn’t ruin it. While it is very different and has obviously been changed to fit in with modern standards and tries to appeal to the younger generation, it has a lot of easter eggs in for the pre-existing fans of the original (some subtle and some not so subtle). Starring Melissa McCarthy (The Boss, Spy), Kristen Wiig (The Martian, Despicable Me 2), Kate McKinnon (Finding Dory, Ted 2), Leslie Jones (Trainwreck, Wrongfully Accused), Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Rush), and Karan Soni (Deadpool, Goosebumps) this movie had the support of the original crew (produced by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis and including a cameo from Bill Murray). I enjoyed this rendition and did not struggle at all to get over the new, all female, cast.
After getting a team together, the ghostbusters start getting an unusual growth in clients and begin to realise a bigger plan being put together by one man to take over New York and ‘cleanse the world’.
Main villain intends to cleanse the world cliché.
[SPOILER] When Rowan takes over Kevin’s body, he would only have taken over his voice, not his Australian accent.
[SPOILER] When possessing Melissa McCarthy it appears that Rowan has access to her memories as he knows the identity of the other Ghostbusters (and after possessing Kevin comments on him knowing how to ride a motorcycle). However in their confrontation later, Rowan claims to have not known Kevin’s name until it is mentioned to him.
Someone at the rock concert is filming the ghost with their smartphone, but the screen on the phone is the home screen instead of the scene that they would be filming.
- Daniel Ramis, son of Harold Ramis of the original 1984 Ghostbusters, has a small role as a Metal Head outside the concert Rowan attends.
- In some of the posters featuring Holtzman (Kate McKinnon), on her proton pack is the number 2206. This is the same number as Dana Barrett’s apartment in the original Ghostbusters.
- The character Dean Thomas Shanks, portrayed by Steve Higgins was an homage to John Candy, who played Mellonville Mayor, Tommy Shanks on SCTV (1976).
- Higgins University is named after Steve Higgins who plays the dean. Higgins is a writer and producer on SNL as well as starring on a daily basis on ‘The Tonight Show’.
- In an interview with ‘Den of Geek’, Paul Feig revealed that the first cut of the movie was 4 hours and 15 minutes long.