It is here, the film that has had the internet in uproar for almost 2 years has finally hit our screens. As a life long Ghostbusters fan, I cast my eye over this controversial reboot.
After years of speculation and whispers, the internet was nearly broken in 2014 when it was announced that the Ghostbusters franchise would continue, not with a sequel but a reboot featuring a shock! horror! all female cast. Like it or not, The Ghostbusters are back. Can this new version hold a candle to its genre breaking predecessor? Let us see…
Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) is a Physicist at Columbia University, she is on the verge of getting tenure when a book she wrote years ago with her former best friend Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) about the Paranormal and Ghosts re-surfaces. Fearing she will be laughed out of the scientific community and for her job, she goes to see Abby who is working at a community college with gifted engineer Jillian (Holtz) Holtzmann. Abby and Holtz are still trying to prove the paranormal is real and drag Erin along to investigate a haunted house. When things go awry, they all end up unemployed. As the Paranormal sightings intensify, the trio go into business for themselves, with a wisecracking subway worker and a ditzy male secretary in tow, they begin investigating and realise that ghosts are not only real, but they are coming to destroy New York.
So, does the film deliver? Absolutley. It is exactly what it should be, a thrilling, funny, exciting rollercoaster of a film. Not only it is a fitting homage to the original, but can quite easily stand on its own as a cracking summer blockbuster. The film is funny but it is scary enough and the special effects, while brilliantly updated, still retain the simplistic thrill of the original.
The vitriolic out pouring of bile that was leveled at this film, first when it was announced, then when the trailer was released was disgusting. The four leads were under a great deal of pressure and they deliver in spades. It is not too much of a surprise as Kristen Wiig is one of the best comedy
actresses working today, and her chemistry with the (almost) equally brilliant Melissa McCarthy is a joy to watch. A great example is when they effortless break off and banter over Patrick Swazye movies. While Wiig is just great in the straight guy role, I was thrilled to see McCarthy tone down her usual schtick to deliver an Aykroyd-esque “Heart of The Ghostbusters” performance. While Leslie Jones’ Patty gets most of the best one liners it’s her SNL colleague Kate McKinnon who steals the film as Holtz, the slightly unhinged tech genius of the team, she gets the best kick ass moment during the final battle. All four ladies knock it right out of the park. Chris Hemsworth has great fun too as the groups ditzy secretary and shows himself to be quite a gifted comic actor. The film is very aware of the gender trolling that surrounded it and there are a few digs in there, some little, some not so little (taking down the final monster was gloriously unsubtle).
The 1984 version of Ghostbusters is my all time favourite film (I Re-Viewed it recently) and this version was a fitting update. It was very respectful to the original, with cameos from (almost) all the cast including Slimer and Mr Stay Puft. There were loads of little bits of dialogue that I felt were put in there just for the fans. I will own up to having a little lump in my throat at the nod to Harold Ramis (The film is also dedicated to him). The moment when they girls suit up for the first time and the new theme kicked in (I am not the biggest fan, but it works in the film) gave me the same goosebumps that I get every time I watch the original and “Savin’ The Day” kicks in. If you are wondering if they top the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in the finale? They gave it a really good go in a genius move that I wont spoil here.
The film isn’t perfect of course, it takes a bit too long to get going and was a little too vulgar in places. While most of the cameos are great Andy Garcia’s Mayor is just a bit daft. These are all very small complaints, the film is great, not only that but I have been a Ghostbusters fan for 32 years now and guess what? I watched a reboot with a female cast and it didn’t erase the original.
When you go see this, and you really should, make sure you stay until the very end, the post credit scene is the best since Iron Man. The Ghostbusters are back but will Yates, Gilbert, Holtz and Tolan be as fondly cherished and remembered as Venkman, Stanz, Spengler and Zeddmore? I, for one, hope so.
Thanks for reading. Hope you folks enjoyed yourselves, catch ya later on down the trail.
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