If you’ve spent any time on the internet over the past year, you probably know that 2016 sees the all female reboot of 80’s classic Ghostbusters. You probably also know that even before anybody had seen it, this was one of the most hated films of all time. Yes, there was a small contingent of ignorant buffoons who thought that simply because a franchise that used to have men in it now has women in the lead roles, it would automatically be bad. They are of course wrong, but what didn’t help this film was the very poor first trailer, the only slightly better second trailer, and the fact that director Paul Feig, as well as some of the cast, spoke out against the hatred in a way that could’ve been handled better. Still, I was perfectly willing to give this reboot a chance, and just maybe I had my fingers crossed in the hope that this would turn out to be pretty good.
Paranormal sightings have dramatically increased in New York City. Old friends Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) and Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), as well as Yates’ lab partner Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) have spent their lives researching the paranormal, and developing technology to help them prove the existence of ghosts. Along with Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones), a woman who knows anything and everything there is to know about New York, the quartet team up to try and find out why paranormal activity has increased so dramatically, and fight off any ghosts that might not be too friendly.
This film is really funny. I mean genuinely one of the best comedies to come out so far this year. I’m not shy in saying that I haven’t been a big fan of Melissa McCarthy in the past, but this is by far one of her funniest performances, partly due to how reserved she is compared to usual. Even though the laughs do come thick and fast from her and much every character, there are two people that definitely steal the show.
I’ve seen Kate McKinnon before in some Saturday Night Live sketches, but she basically steals the show here. Her character manages to be kooky and not quite all there, but she never ventures into the realm of being annoying. She also delivers a lot of lines with made up technological dialogue, but they never come across as being too ridiculous. The other stand out in this film is Chris Hemsworth, aka Kevin the office secretary. He plays a stupid character with such straight delivery that almost everything he said was funny.
I have to applaud director Paul Feig, who against all odds has more than delivered with this film. Not only has had made something that’s consistently funny throughout, there are also some scenes that are genuinely scary. He also handled most of the inevitable cameos very well, and made sure that everyone got their own moment to shine. I also want to point out that this film only addresses the all female cast once, and while it wasn’t necessary, and did take me out of the film for a few seconds, it could have gone a lot further into that territory.
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