I’ve had my reservations about the “Ghostbusters” reboot, but it has nothing to do the with the gender swapping of the lead roles. It’s mostly to do with Paul Feig, who can certainly direct comedies, but often doesn’t seem to know when to hold back. “The Heat” was a hit but also wildly uneven, and while I enjoyed “Spy,” it’s also at least twenty minutes too long, and it really makes the jokes that miss feel that much more like dead weight. But Feig’s instincts are always sharp and this latest bit of casting is pretty clever.
Chris Hemsworth has joined Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon in the do-over, but his role is surprisingly unexpected. He’ll play the receptionist for the supernatural hunters, taking on the role that Annie Potts inhabited so well in the first two “Ghostbusters” flicks. Hemsworth is making a real go at Hollywood comedies these day, with a stint in this summer’s “Vacation” and now landing this role as well. Perhaps it’s only a matter of time before he leads his own, full blown laffer?
Time will tell. “Ghostbusters” arrives on July 22, 2016. [THR]