Movie Review: Ghostbusters

Who you gonna call?

Yep the Ghostbusters are back and with a lot of subtle controversy we might add.

ghostbusters-poster-lgThis movie had audiences torn between wanting to see it and totally shunning it. For the fans of the 1984 movie it brought about a certain level of nostalgia and to feminists, an all women ensemble initially made for men was a welcoming way of tackling the gender disparity in Hollywood with a bankable idea brought to reality. On the other hand, most fans of the original did not buy the thought of remaking their dearly beloved classic with an all-female cast.

Directed by Paul Feig (a frequent collaborator of Melissa McCarthy), Ghostbusters centres around four women. Erin Gilbert (played by Kristen Wiig), a physics professor whose tenure track is derailed when a childhood friend, Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), releases a book about the existence of the paranormal they co-authored at a point in their life when they needed quick cash. While Erin turned her back on that part of her past, Abby has continued her research, albeit with nothing to show for it except for a basement lab that she shares with a slightly unhinged tech weirdo, Jillian Holtzmann (played by Kate McKinnon), in a subpar college.

Yates and Holtzmann drag a reluctant Gilbert along on a ghost investigation and the three of them stumble upon a strange conspiracy that threatens to unleash an outbreak of ghosts upon New York.  They quickly expand their team to include the high-spirited Railway transport employee Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones) whose knowledge of the city comes in very handy and receptionist Kevin (Chris Hemsworth), whose intelligence directly contrasts his good looks.

Although Ghostbusters was consistently hilarious, it lacked the proper balance of fun and scare. The Cast was wonderfully put together (Well except Chris Hemsworth who was more terrible at being funny and was better being po…. No spoilers!!) – they had the uptight brilliant Physicist, the sidekick, the techie, and the take charge fanatic, all however, trampled by the movie’s not-so-special effects. The Ghosts were dull and unimpressive and the movie started off more like a sketch than a movie. In other words, the cast saved this movie from joining the ranks of failed reboots and sequels although it wasn’t enough to push it to the rank of very successful ones.

Paul Feig is gradually becoming a guru in Girl power themed movies and becomes better at each movie with one constant – Melissa McCarthy.

ghostbusters-2016-cast-proton-packs-imagesI think my lack of expectation for Ghostbusters worked in my favour, I had not seen the previous one but I knew it had a huge fan base, one that generated lots of buzz. The plot seemed rather straightforward and from what I have heard/read it follows almost the same storyline as the 1984 movie with the obvious feminine angle that was adopted.

Ghostbusters is pure entertainment so see it strictly for the fun of it and nothing more, if you are visually inclined – you might be disappointed, if you are a die-hard fan of the former movie – you might be disappointed but there are some cameos in there you probably would enjoy, if you wanted a thicker plot – you might also be disappointed. This movie simply lives on the strength of its cast.

P.S. Them racist Americans need to chill on Leslie Jones, Okay?

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