Cert: 12A Runtime: 116 mins Director: Paul Feig Cast: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Neil Casey, Bill Murray, Dan Akyroyd and Chris Hemsworth
I don’t know if it was a race thing or a lady thing, but I’m mad as hell
Oh my God why are they re-booting Ghostbusters? Why is it an all female cast? I’m not sexist! Worst trailer ever! This movie sucks *I haven’t even seen it yet*. Many phrases we have heard over the last year and a bit. Ghostbusters a much loved franchise for me is back! It may be a re-boot and I was sceptical, but damm it I will never not answer the call. Paul Feig a man that I highly respect is at the helm and a great comedic director, truly he deserves any ones time. He has assembled a great cast for Ghostbusters and I understand the animosity but give it a chance people! So what is Ghostbusters 2016 about? Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) is an author who lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia University. Her job doesn’t last very long however, when a book she wrote a few years before, positing that ghosts are real, resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia. But when mysterious apparitions invade Manhattan, Gilbert reunites with her writing partner, Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), as well as nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), and subway worker Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones), to save the world from a powerful demon known as Rowan.
I tip my hat to you Paul Feig, I am now a believer of your cause! People go and watch it then judge it! The opening sequence puts you in familiar territory and this makes you feel more at home. Character development is rather solid. You are gradually put in a new world but a world we know from the originals. Feig works well to pay homage to the source material and gives shakes it up a bit. Laughter was the key to Ghostbusters, it was a healthy flow of laughter throughout the film. Like many comedies some jokes work and some don’t, Ghostbusters is no different. The bad ones aren’t cringe worthy at all, they are just flat. The good stuff did make me chuckle, and I was surprised at the amount of movie references it made.The writing is sharp, witty and at times a good blend of science/tech talk like the original Ghostbusters. Again Feig shows great respect to the original source material (yes I am repeating that statement, but it’s important.)
The chemistry worked fairly well between our four main protagonists. Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig are not the stand-outs, but are certainly solid leads. McCarthy toned down the McCarthy most people associate with her, and we get a decent leader. Kate McKinnon was phenomenal! Her over-the-top visage work as she is when she is on SNL. Everything about Leslie Jones is one note and very annoying, this is how she is on SNL. Yes, there are moments that would have liked to get rid of. But I thought she felt like a vital piece of the cog that is this quartet. Chris Hemsworth was actually funny! His comedic delivery was on point, doubt he did much improve but it worked. The cameos in this, and in more ways than one are heart warming. I won’t dive into it but I liked all of them.
There are a few pacing issues in Ghostbusters but that is to be expected. Spy, Bridesmaids and The Heat have the same issue. But where Feig falls in pacing he can flip the movie and make it interesting again in minutes. He isn’t known for his action sequences but the third act battle is well executed. When McKinnon is battling the ghosts and the music came on I had goosebumps! The third act is action packed, the ghosts still have that qwerky yet original texture that the originals had. Ghostbusters isn’t perfect don’t get me wrong, but for me it works. The whole feminism debate is null and void. Feig’s decision was brave and it works. At the end of the day gender doesn’t define us. I hope it does well but I’m not expecting mega money. But I do think Ghostbusters is worthy of a sequal, so we can see this heroine quartet answer the call once more!