Ghostbusters Review

A good time or a cynical reboot with the purpose of driving the feminist agenda?

Ghostbusters has been well and truly ruined. By rebooting the universe not only are we unable to watch the original, because it doesn’t exist anymore, but I have to watch four women (who aren’t funny, because they’re women) metaphorically defecate all over the 1984 classic. And all just to further the feminist agenda.  

Nah just kidding. 

It’s a good time.

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Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy) has rebooted the well-loved franchise with Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones playing the gender-swapped ghost-busting gang of scientists…and a subway worker. But you can’t fix sexism and racism in one film, right? 

Erin Gilbert (Wiig) and Abby Yates (McCarthy) are childhood friends who have gone their separate ways since co-authoring a book together on the supernatural. Gilbert is a respected physicist at Columbia University going for tenure while Yates is a ‘scientist’ working for a second-rate university with colleague Jillian Holtzmann (McKinnon). Yates, Gilbert and Holtzmann team up to investigate a haunted house and the three pick up Patty Tolan (Jones) after her encounter with the supernatural leads her to the Ghostbusters’ lab. Chris Hemsworth plays Kevin, the film’s take on the dumb blonde receptionist. 

The ‘busters themselves have good chemistry and play off each other effectively which is aided by decent dialogue. There’s plenty of laughs along the way, although McKinnon’s Holtzmann is a little too caricature at times for my taste. Hemsworth is hilarious as Kevin, a role in which a lot of actors would have failed to make amusing. 

There’s not many surprises here, it’s pretty straightforward and the jokes are pretty much what you’d expect from a Paul Feig movie. The most enjoyable aspect is the cast who all excel in their roles to make this an enjoyable watch. One thing that was slightly jarring was the constant references to the original, which made it feel like a tribute to the original, rather than its own film. A part of this was the CGI, which felt incredibly dated, regardless of whether it was to keep the tone of the original. 

★★★☆☆

GOOD. Overall, much better than the earlier trailers suggested. It’s an enjoyable watch with plenty of laughs which ultimately falls short of the original. 

 

 

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