Everything about Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters was blown out of proportion: the childhood-ruining, the budget (a reported $144 million, plus another “god only knows how much to make Hi-C Ecto Cooler and the Slimer Twinkie” in marketing), the backlash to the backlash to the backlash, repeat ad infinitum.
Everything but Kate McKinnon, that is.
The SNL star (who’s killing it this season as Hillary Clinton) affectionally known as Great was exactly that — she’s the best part of an average movie, or to quote Screen Junkies’ Honest Trailer, “The nonsensical non-sequel that divided a nation and proved girls can make probably-unnecessary-middle-of-the-road-studio-mandated-franchise-bate just as good as the boys.”
Ghostbusters: Answer the Call, as it’s now known, was recently released on DVD and Blu-Ray, and it includes two gag reels and six alternate take reels, one of which is McKinnon improvising for ten full minutes. It could be twice as long, and I’d still watch every second. Some critics dinged McKinnon for acting like she was in an entirely different movie than her more down-to-Earth co-stars Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, and Leslie Jones. I fail to see the problem. She was hammy and weird, but so was Bill Murray in the original Ghostbusters. If anything, I say we Make Ghostbusters Great McKinnon Again.