Ghostbusters (2016) review

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The Ghostbusters 2016 reboot has been something of an internet sensation since the original announcement, and not for the right reasons, but does the film deserve all the slack it has been getting? After watching the film over the weekend I have to say that I enjoyed it but it won’t be for everyone.

Directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids), the film stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth. For an all-female reboot, I couldn’t think of a better cast. They’re funny, quirky and are masters at their craft. They each bring unique qualities to their characters and subtle links between the four original Ghostbusters is seen in each. I still have mixed feeling regarding Kevin’s (Chris Hemsworth’s) character. Portrayed as a hunky air-head, I feel like there is no real depth or meaning to his character apart from being used to advance the story – he could have had some potential.

The standout actress is Kate McKinnon, who plays Jillian Holtzmann, with all her scientific weirdness. She’s crazy, awkward and has a personality that’s really out there, but knows her Cyclotron from her heatsinks. She’s truly the most memorable apart from, you know, Ecto-1!

Bustin' makes me feel good! Image Credit: Columbia Pictures

Bustin’ makes me feel good!
Image Credit: Columbia Pictures

Whilst the plot makes sense, is palatable and is as strange as the original two movies (insert crazy who wants to rule the earth in some shape or form), I can’t help but think that some of the writing has let the film down a little. Whilst I and many others in the theater laughed, there were a handful of moments where the comedy felt over-stretched and out of place. It would have been nice for them to tone it down a little.  Given a little more to work with, i.e. better writing content, I feel this film could have blown everyone out of the water.

Even so, the comradery between the four leading ladies is truly amazing to see. Like the original cast, they gel together well and bounce off each other perfectly.

Not a single nice ghost in sight. Image Credit: Columbia Pictures

Not a single nice ghost in sight.
Image Credit: Columbia Pictures

The special effects were generally great and the ghosts were certainly different. There’s enough variety in the ghouls to keep you guessing from scene to scene what will appear next and the finale is truly a treat – combine that with surround sound and you’ve got one something delicious to feast on. CGI plays a heavy role in this film and for some that either going to make or break it – I’d generally say it’s well done here.

With nods to Ghostbusters films of the past and the original cast themselves getting involved in small roles, it was a nice combination of the old and the new. Bustin’ ghosts really does make me feel good!