Genre: Action, Comedy, Horror, Science Fiction, Supernatural
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Chris Hemsworth, Cecily Strong, Neil Casey, Andy Garcia, Charles Dance, Michael K Williams, Matt Walsh.
Year Of Release: 2016
Certificate: 12A (UK)
Runtime: 116 Minutes
Director: Paul Feig
Synopsis: “Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.” IMDB
30 years after the original “Ghostbusters” exploded onto the big screen and stealing the hearts of men, women and children across the world, director Paul Feig (Spy, The Heat) brings us a reboot/remake/re-imagening (which ever you prefer to use). With this reboot consisting of a leading female cast, which I know all you guys and girls know, but anyway back to the review.
The original “Ghostbusters” is considered a classic in many peoples eyes, so rebooting something with such a devout cult following was always going to stir up some rather hateful and spiteful “fans” of the original. However the choice to take the reboot down the route of introducing more leading ladies to Hollywood in my opinion is a very welcome one, that being said I don’t see rebooting or as Jake over at Wilson Reviews great review by the way “sheboot” isn’t the long term solution. However I do see it as the start of more female leads in Hollywood, or I am at least hoping it is.
The film opens up with a haunting in a historical site resulting in the owner tracking down Erin Gilbert (Wiig) who is now working as a university teacher in Columbia University bringing with him a blast from the past. A book she has attempted to hide from the world, that the now scientific driven Erin and her childhood friend Abby Yates (McCarthy) that proposes the existence of ghosts. When ghostly sightings start popping up around the city Abby and her new ghost hunting partner Jillian Holtzman (McKinnon) reluctantly Erin tags along to one of the reported sightings. From there is all spirals out of control in New York, the ghostly apparitions come thick and heavy, after an encounter with a disturbing looking apparition in the subway, Patty Tolan (Jones) finds the “Ghostbusters” to ask for their help. From here on out all kinds of hilarity and hi-jinks ensues.
Let’s start with the cast, McCarthy, Wiig, McKinnon and Jones are a comedy foursome that will blow you away with perfectly executed lines from the get go, which given their work for the most part coming from years on SNL shouldn’t surprise anybody. McKinnon is given the freedom to completely let her freak flag fly and boy does she let loose with this freedom, and she excels at stealing pretty much every scene she is in which also relies on her Ghostbusters cast members delivering in my opinion career best performances across the board. It’s not only the ladies who deliver, Chris Hemsworth as the ditzy receptionist Kevin Beckman executes constant hilarity when showcasing he can’t even get the basics of his job correct. While the other members of the cast don’t excel in their roles, it is not to say they are by any means bad, Andy Garcia and Cecily Strong are funny and enjoyable when on screen.
The plot doesn’t try to be overly complex and stretch what is expected, some may claim Feig and Katie Dippold played it safe, but I think they done exactly what they should have. They took everything that made the original film so brilliant and added their own touches to it, they keep all the element of comedy the first had, but their choice to include a darker tone that they deliver with some fun little jump scares. However what the plot does deliver a barrage of laughs from the get go which are all perfectly executed by the incredible cast. Another hit of hilarity from Paul Feig after the brilliance of “Freaks And Geeks” and “Spy” Feig continues to deliver laughs that excite me for whatever he gets his hands into in the future.
The visuals deliver on a grand scale, there is vibrant and beautiful looking ghosts flying around giving the film a huge sense of wonder. While there is heavy use of CG, a fair amount of it comes on top of practical effects, there is a big fight scene between the Ghostbusters and you guessed ghosts that are smoke effects over real people.
Overall, I loved the film from start to finish they take everything that made the original so special and put their own modern touch to it. While serving up little nuggets of nostalgia to lovers of the previous work with cameos from the original cast members who are still with us to nods to previous films, I still find the film is better when treated as a stand-alone. If you’re going in expecting “Ghostbusters 3”, you’ll be disappointed if you go in expecting a good fun comedy film filled with laughs and enjoyable characters this is up your street. All that being said I can’t get any enjoyment from the song just didn’t do it at all for me, I love Fall Out Boy, but that song was just horrible.