Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth
Director: Paul Feig
Has another film been more controversial this year? Off the top of my head, this is the big one. And for the weirdest reason.
It’s Ghostbusters, but the four main characters are female comedians instead of male.
There are so many remakes that this one getting more than a bat of an eyelid is interesting, let alone the huge debate and the abusive “twitter storm” that followed. It feels hard to see this film in it’s own right, as a piece of cinema. I mean, put all that guff aside, and what do you have?
You have a pretty good film with four comedy stars, some of whom are Saturday Night Live alumni just like the original four. The film is about two estranged scientists, (McCarthy and Wiig), who find an uneasy peace with each other when they notice a break out of paranormal ghostly sightings in Manhattan. Joined by a crazy inventor (McKinnon), and a subway worker (Jones), they create a Ghostbusting team, with the dubious help of their vacuous but gorgeous receptionist (Hemsworth).
It has some really funny moments, some good vintage feel special effects which are a great homage, some oddly gratuitous product placement and some good core chemistry. There are some really awkward cameos and nods to the original film, which feel kind of shoe horned in. The plot is a bit thin and lacks the dynamism and interest of the original themes and story of the original two, which I think is a bit of a shame, but it’s not bad. It falls on the chemistry and performance of the leads to hold the film, and they do well. It’s certainly not the terrible film that it’s been made out to be, and I found myself laughing and enjoying the whole thing more than I thought I would.
See It If: you’re a fan of any of the leads or if you’d like to see a film about some cool female paranormal scientists, you’ll like it. Just leave your prejudices at the door.