Anyway, we saw the new movie this afternoon, and I liked it a lot. I think I'm going to end up ranking it just below the original, with the new team maybe being a little bit better, but the supporting cast mostly being worse, especially the villains. (Though I have to give credit to Michael K Williams who was awesome in a role made up mostly of facial expressions.) Leslie Jones as Patty gave an especially great performance. Kate McKinnon's Holtzmann was also very nice - and I appreciate that they managed to make their mad scientist very distinct from Egon - but I'm a little uncomfortable with how much the performance was stolen whole cloth from Lori Petty. On the other hand, I've long been of the opinion that more people should be trying to be like Lori Petty, so I can't complain too much.
On the flipside, if I never saw Neil Casey again I wouldn't complain at all. He plays the main villain and didn't have much to work with, but didn't go anywhere with it either. I've yet to see the point of him in anything, and if that doesn't happen in Ghostbusters it's probably not going to.
Spoilers following - they say it isn't a sequel, but ( I kind of think it might beCollapse )
One thing I really liked about the credits, besides the whole thing really being the best credits since Monsters Inc.: Aykroyd took the opportunity to revisit the completely failed ghost dancing from the end of Blues Brothers 2000 and do it right. That's not only an enjoyable callback for me, but something that took a lot of courage, because the first time through really really didn't work.