Who ya gonna call... again?
Village Jam Factory - Tuesday 19 July 2016, 8:30pm
Running time: 116m
Country: United States
Classification: PG (Mild supernatural themes and coarse language, some scenes may scare young children)
Release date: 14/07/16
Rating: 7/10 (ME 3.5/5, DP 3.5/5)
Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) has made a life for herself in academia away from her early career investigating the paranormal with childhood friend Abby (Melissa McCarthy). When she loses her job she goes back to what she knows best, and joined by Jillian (Kate McKinnon) and later by Patty (Leslie Jones), the Ghostbusters offer their unique services to the people of New York. And what amazing timing; Rowan North (Neil Casey) is unleashing ghosts across at the unsuspecting people of the city. Who are they gonna call?
32 years after the original hit screens (and contributed to our vocabulary), the Ghostbusters (2016) reboot takes everything that made the 1984 film so much fun and gives it a fresh twist without ignoring its heritage. It's light and funny with enough special effect eye-candy delivering thrills rather than chills. The performances are good (Kate McKinnon is an obvious standout) and it fulfils it's Game of Thrones requirement (hello Charles Dance) and the original cast (apart from Harold Ramis, obviously) make cameo appearances. Chris Hemsworth is surprisingly comfortable with a comedic role and adds to the sparkle of this film.
I'd enjoyed the original film (and the game on the Commodore 64) but the world and film have changed significantly since then, so my expectations for this one were low, but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this. Perhaps there was a touch of nostalgia kicking in, but despite the predictable plot it has a great big feel-good factor. Of course it's completely natural and understandable that there's been widespread public outrage, condemnation and marches in the streets over the reboot having a female cast. I know, right; the world's gone mad. But it manages to create something new with characters that are completely fresh instead of just switching the genders of the original ones. This isn't cinematic brilliance (nor was the original one) and never pretends to be, but it's a thoroughly enjoyable ride. (ME)