I give this movie 4 Icees (out of 5). If I did my ratings in quarters, I would have went with 3.75, but I don’t so I rounded up. I struggled between 3.5 and 4 because to me there is a big difference between the two. I’ve seen reaction to previous 3.5 ratings that leads me to believe that people think that it’s not a good number at all. I don’t know why because I think it’s a solid number, but just not great. Anyway, that’s also how I feel about this movie. It’s a good movie, just not great.
First, if you are a diehard fan of the original, watch it at least a couple of times a year, then you probably won’t like this one. Don’t go to it and try to compare the two. That’s just a waste of your time. Enjoy this one for what it is. If you can do this, then I think you’ll really enjoy this movie. To me, it’s really not a “remake” as much as it is an “alternate version”.
The movie didn’t help itself with the way it started out. It starts out slow and the jokes aren’t really funny. At this point in the film I was ready to rip it a new one in my review. Then, it just started getting better and better. I think it ended really strong, more from an action standpoint than a comedy, but strong nonetheless.
The actors all did a great job, including Chris Hemsworth as the dumb blonde. Some of his lines were hilarious. I had never seen Kate McKinnon before, but she was great as the quirky Dr. Holtzmann. Melissa McCarthy did well too, but not as great as I would have thought she would have. My favorite by far was Kristen Wiig. She did an excellent job, especially with her interactions with Chris.
I would recommend seeing this in 3D. We did and there were several times when they used the technology well (hold tight to your popcorn and soda). I thought they also did a very solid job with the way the paid respect to the original movie without trying to totally copy it. They made subtle references to it without going overboard. The cameo appearances by the original cast was great as well. They had them in just long enough so you could look and point, but not so long as you thought they overdid it. They balanced that well.
There is a bit of language, some “scary” scenes (if you count things jumping out at you scary), but overall I would say it is safe for pre-teens (10 and under might stay home). There are scenes during the credits and after, although we were the only ones who stayed through to watch it. Here’s a tip, if you ever are going to a movie that I didn’t review for you, stop off at aftercredits.com and check out the movie you’re seeing to see if there are scenes during and/or after the credits.
I think you’ll enjoy this one!