The 2016 version of “Ghostbusters” remained true to the traditional hilarity of the original “Ghostbusters” of 1984.  The most persistent question about the remaking of the 1984 “Ghostbusters” movie was, “Can women effectively play the roles of Ghostbusters?”

In the “Ghostbusters” movie, Erin Gilbert (Kristin Wiig) read a comment left for the YouTube video made by the group.  The comment read, “Ain’t no b****** going to hunt no ghosts.”  This was a tongue-in-cheek inference to the controversy raised by some fans about remaking “Ghostbusters” with a female cast.

Can women effectively play the roles of Ghostbusters?  The answer to the question is, “Yes.”  Kristen Wiig (Erin Gilbert), Melissa McCarthy (Abby Yates), Kate McKinnon (Jillian Holtzmann) and Leslie Jones (Patty Tolan) are riotous in the roles of paranormal scientists living in New York City.

Old meets new

The horror comedy movie opens with a classic haunting highlighting why New York City needs Ghostbusters.  Each actress brought her unique comedic personality to the role.  Even Chris Hemsworth showed off his comedic timing playing the intellectually-challenged, eye candy receptionist named Kevin.  Also, the original cast and characters of “Ghostbusters” (1984) made special cameo appearances. Like the original “Ghostbusters,” the new Ghostbusters needed to save New York City from dark elements.  The darkest of these elements was maniacal and determined to unleash hell.  Neil Casey played the creepy villain Rowan North.

Other than a few references to the 1984 “Ghostbusters,” the movie didn’t entirely follow the original script.  It brought new material to the big screen.  The ghost fighting scenes were colorful, fun and exciting.  It gave the phrase, “Fight like a Girl,” a whole new ghostly meaning.

One drawback

One drawback of the movie involved the interactions of the Ghostbusters and the Mayor of New York City.  The scenes involving Mayor Bradley (Andy Garcia) and his law enforcement agents were forced. They didn’t flow as well with the overall plot.  These scenes could have been left on the cutting floor and no one would miss them.

Hopes for a sequel

The 2016 “Ghostbusters” was directed by Paul Feig and produced by Ivan Reitman and Amy Pascal.  It was written by Katie Dippold and Paul Feig.  It is based on the 1984 “Ghostbusters” by Ivan Reitman, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis.  Movie goers should stay for the credits to see funny bonus features.  Hopefully, there will be a “Ghostbusters II” for the 2016 female cast.

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