The new Ghostbusters is a movie that pretty much every one knows the plot of at this point. Four women come together to battle a ghostly plague in New York City. On the surface, it's not a bad idea at all. With another set of actors or possibly different writers, it could have worked. There were several scenes this movie could have easily done without, and it would have been just as good of a movie, if not slightly better. Additionally, this movie suffers from almost everyone trying to be funny. There are very few "straight men" to balance things out.
The first portion of the movie establishes the main characters and how they come together. Kristen Wiig's character is shown establishing herself in a job that is not referred to at any other point in the movie, and way too much time is spent with this.
The middle of the movie goes pretty much as you would expect, with the crew busting ghosts and figuring out the details of what is a much larger plan. The climax is very well done, and a lot of originality was put in, along with nice nods to the original movie and cast. There is another scene at the end involving a rescue that does absolutely nothing for the story.
Of the entire cast, Leslie Jones was my favorite. Her character seemed to be the most believable.
I'm not sure what the process was for putting this together, but overall, the pieces didn't quite fit. It was gimmicky and predictable in some spots, and suffered from way too much mugging and goofing in others. There was very little balance in the group. In any group vehicle, there should be a nice balance of comics and straight men. You shouldn't have everyone trying to ham it up.
I was definitely disappointed. I wasn't disappointed comparing it to the original, which is going to invariably happen. I was disappointed in this as a stand alone movie. If they do a sequel, I hope they can put together a good cohesive script. The special effects are pretty, but a good story would be nice, too.