Film Review: Ghostbusters

Film Review: Ghostbusters

Four women band together to save New York City from a massive ghost infestation in this remake of the hit 1984 supernatural comedy.


Who ya gonna call?!

That would be a new generation of Ghostbusters when the latest in a long line of reboots hits cinemas this week. The latest film comes 30 years after the original and this time with a cast of female scientists being responsible for keeping the city of New York safe from ghosts.

Teenage best friends Erin and Abby, played by Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) and Melissa McCarthy (Mike and Molly), are reunited after years of distance by a call for help from the owner of an old estate who has a ghost problem. The team of Ghostbusters is then completed when they recruit sassy and outgoing Patty and crazy but brilliant scientist Jillian (Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon of Saturday Night Live).

All four are well known comedic actresses who are more than capable of the fast-paced comedy. Chris Hemsworth, who plays gorgeous but perennially stupid receptionist Kevin, joins the quartet of females. Other Saturday Night Live alums, Cecily Strong and John Milhiser, help keep the comedy flowing by making cameos.

Fans of the original 1984 film have been sceptical that a reboot would be able to stand up against the first and well-loved Ghostbusters movie, however the 2016 reboot easily outshines the original in some aspects. The special effects are the highlight with spooky ghosts and fight scenes adding to the enjoyment, whilst the storyline is entertaining and engaging.

Original cast members Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson, and Annie Potts all make cameo appearances which blend beautifully into the story line without stealing the spotlight from the new generation of ghost busters.

If you are a die-hard fan of the original movie, this reboot may not be your cup of tea, but for those who are prepared to take it as it is, director Paul Feig has certainly introduced the Ghostbusters to a whole new generation with all the comedy and sass you would expect from a Ghostbusters flick.

Reviewed by Cassandra Holmes

Rating out of 10:  8

Ghostbusters opens in cinemas from 14 July 2016.

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