Ghostbusters centers on Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig): a scientist who has put her investigation on the supernatural behind her. However Erin gets back into her roots after she and her old friend Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) discover a malevolent ghost haunting a building. After this discovery, and loosing her job, Erin joins Abby on a new expedition to find and catch ghosts. Together with the engineer Jillian Holtzman (Kate McKinnon) and the MTA Worker Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones) the four become the group known as the Ghostbusters. While learning how to catch ghosts, the four ladies discovers that someone is trying to pull the spirit world into the physical one, and it up to them to save New York.
The plot to this reboot uses the concept of an origin story; and this idea did work to the movie's favor. Seeing the Ghostbusters building themselves up in this occupation did help to give this new take on the franchise its own sense of identity. However while this move was not a bad one, I cannot say that the origin concept was truly effective when comparing it to other movies that have used the idea. The concept has been done to death and the problem in this case is that Ghostbusters' plot does nothing new with the idea. Because of this the plot could feel both generic and predictable in many places, and it rarely expanded on its own plot points such as Erin's dilemma about not being commemorated for her work. This plot was surrounded by simplicity and that was not a bad thing, but a stronger execution in this ghostly story could have made for a refreshing tale.
As it stands Ghostbusters is an enjoyable blockbuster, but I cannot say that I am fan of this reboot. The movie had all the potential of being a refreshing take on the series, but its excessive direction in areas like story and characters hurt its presentation. Still with the strong performances from the cast and the determination from the filmmakers, Ghostbusters was an attempt to give this franchise a new life; and although it may not fully succeeded in this area, I will not condemn this reboot for at least trying.