After what seems an eternity of woman and Hollywood bashing, Ghostbusters (2016) has finally arrived and YouTube’s most disliked trailer of all time makes a perfectly enjoyable summer movie. Shock…
By Jay Hunter – Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters (2016) has been battered and bruised beyond belief on the run in to it’s cinematic release. Although a fan of the original movie, I was never attached to Ivan Reitman’s 1984 classic enough to commence a bloodletting when the remake was announced. The reboot of a much loved series (which until now only had one good movie in it’s ranks) earned the unfortunate title of ‘YouTube’s most disliked trailer of all time’ and was branded as Hollywood cashing in on liberals and feminism. In 2016 it’s really quite depressing to see the masses act in such a way.
We’ve seen the story before, paranormal researcher Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) and physicist Erin Gilbert are trying to prove that ghosts exist in modern society. When strange apparitions appear in Manhattan, Gilbert and Yates turn to engineer Jillian Holtzmann for help. Also joining the team is Patty Tolan, a lifelong New Yorker who knows the city inside and out. Armed with proton packs and plenty of attitude, the four women prepare for an epic battle as more than 1,000 mischievous ghouls descend on Times Square.
After a tense opening, the movie does it’s best to fire joke after joke for the remaining runtime. McCarthy and Wiig of course helm the ship, they’re two of the best comedians working in Hollywood today, although their brand of humour may not always be my cup of tea, there’s laughs to be had here.
As with many summer films over the last decade, the movie loses it’s heart in the finale as CGI starts to run the show instead of the characters. However for the most part this is a fun and energetic movie that all the family can enjoy.