FILM REVIEW: GHOSTBUSTERS

It’s been 30 years since the original Ghostbusters film took the world by storm and there are many people who are worried this new incarnation of the 1984 blockbuster.

Directed by Paul Feig and starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth, the new Ghostbusters isn’t quite a remake, as the plot is different enough that it stands alone, but it is true to the formula and beauty of the first, even allowing room for some pretty spectacular cameos from the original cast.

I loved it. There, I said it. It was great fun. The plot was good and moved along well, the lead characters were three dimensional and very likeable, the effects were excellent and the jokes were hilarious.

There is some controversy about the leads being of a different gender to those in the first film, but it wouldn’t matter whether the Ghostbusters were male or female, because that’s not what the film is about.

The plot is thus: paranormal researcher Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) and physicist Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) are estranged friends who once dedicated their lives to trying to prove that ghosts exist in modern society. Years later, life has taken them in different directions and Yates has since partnered with whacky engineer Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon). When strange apparitions begin to appear in New York the three are forced together to discover the source of the paranormal activity and save Manhattan. Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones), a lifelong New Yorker who knows the city inside and out joins the team and Chris Hemsworth plays the hilariously incompetent receptionist, Kevin. Armed with proton packs and a bag of witty jokes the Ghostbusters prepare for an epic battle as the door to the other world is forced opened by an unlikely villain.

McCarthy, McKinnon, Jones and Wiig are sharp, cool and heroic as the Busters and are an excellent ensemble. Each actor has exceptional comic timing and there are some terrific belly laugh moments.

The paranormal effects are scary (I probably won’t be taking the kids to see it) and very well executed, and the climax of the film is as exciting as the first film, although it seems to conclude rather abruptly.

Ghostbusters is a whole lot of fun. It doesn’t need to be over-analysed, it can just be enjoyed for what it is, which is a thoroughly enjoyable film about four ghost busters bustin’ ghosts.

4 stars