- Paul Feig
- Ivan Reitman, Amy Pascal
- Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Charles Dance, Michael K. Williams, Chris Hemsworth
- Ster Kinekor Entertainment
I am a child of the 80’s, and one of the things that made my childhood great was movies. One of those movies was Ghostbusters, which coincidentally is a year younger than I am. Yes, I am revealing my age to all and sundry. One of the great things about Ghostbusters wasn’t the ghosts themselves, although let’s be honest they were pretty awesome, it was the comedy. Some of the greatest comedic minds of the time namely Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd and Harold Ramis made Ghostbusters what it is today. Their love of the franchise is what spawned a sequel a few years later, however, a third movie wasn’t realised until nearly 31 years after the original graced the silver screen. I think a large part of the reason why the third movie never materialised is probably due to conflicting schedules and, of course, Harold Ramis passing away recently.
The third movie eventually came together behind visionary director Paul Feig and was realised as a reboot, starring an all-female cast (and Chris Hemsworth – yes Thor himself). So the question remains to be asked, how good is the reboot and does it measure up to the big shoes the original (and it’s sequel) left to be filled? Let’s find out.
Ghostbusters is a modern retelling of the original Ghostbusters (1984) comedy hit. This time around however, we have a gender-reversed version of the story starring, Melissa McCarthy (As Abby Bates – The leader), Kristen Wiig (as Erin Gilbert), Kate McKinnon (As Jillian Holtzmann – the engineer/the one who builds the things) and Leslie Jones (As Patty Tolan – the muscle/the one who supplies the car). Abby and Erin co-authored a book discussing the very real possibility that ghosts exist and this sparks a big adventure which leads to them forming the Ghostbusters, a paranormal team who initially sets out to prove that ghosts are in fact real, and then, facing debunking from the New York mayor’s office, must then thwart the evil plan of one Rowan North (Neil Casey) who plans to open a portal and allow all ghosts from an alternate dimension to flood the earth and ultimately destroy it. Very cliche, I know.
What I thought
Ghostbusters is a fun look at how people would react to ghosts if it were real. It’s not a very realistic depiction, but yes, it’s still fun to think about. I can really see how government would shrug it off and call it fake. The story itself is very slapstick and the acting chops of the leads really stand out in a way that can only be described as very true to how we have come to expect comedy of this calibre from Melissa McCarty and Kristen Wiig. What truly blew me away personally was the Kate McKinnon’s character, Holtzmann. I absolutely love crazy characters and McKinnon absolutely nailed this one for me. She just knows how to act crazy. It was also a very nice homage to Harold Ramis’ character, Dr. Egon Spengler, who, while not really crazy, was also the character who built the equipment the Ghostbusters use.
Character development felt slightly empty, just like Chris Hemsworth’s character’s head, and pacing felt a bit off for me to the point where you had virtually nothing happening one minute and then everything happening all it once the next. Chris Hemsworth’s character Kevin, to me was probably the funniest in the film, which kinda says a lot and they were quite lucky to have him, a truly A-list actor, as a part of the cast. I think he found it to be a very fun, but ultimately unimportant role in his already successful film career.
DVD Special Features
- Gag reel
- Meet the team – Behind The Scenes
- Photo Gallery
- Slime Time – Behind The Scenes
What Other People Thought
So, how do the Ghostbusters of today shape up against the boys of yesteryear? Pretty well …
Anthony Lane – The New Yorker
This is a mediocre horror/comedy that deserves neither high praise nor disparagement.
James Berardinelli – Reelviews
These women are having fun just being together and getting to don matching jumpsuits and whale on undead spirits, and their evident joy makes us happy to hop in the hearse for a ride-along.
Dana Stevens – Slate
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