Ghostbusters Review - Director Paul Feig reunites with his favourite ladies Melissa and Kristen to reboot one of my favourite 80’s flick!
Former best friends, Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) and Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) once wrote a fictional book about the existence of ghost which resurfaces just when Erin is about to land a job as a professor at Columbia University. Furious at Abby, Erin ‘visits’ her only to find out that Abby has found a new partner-in-crime, Jillian Holtzmann, a nuclear engineer (Kate McKinnon) to actually prove that ghost really exist. Soon they stumble upon a haunted mansion and come face to face with an angry spirit. Later, a subway worker, Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones) also contacts them regarding an evil spirit on the New York subway station. All four of them form a ‘research team’ and call themselves, Ghostbusters. They hire Kevin (the very dishy Chris Hemsworth) as their new receptionist who is dead good looking but very…well…dumb. Soon calls come flooding in regarding more sightings and the girls gets to meet Mayor Bradley(Andy Garcia) who wants them to lay low and accuse them of being fake ghost-charsers. The girls gets upset but still pursue their chase. After picking up clues from each location, Erin, Abby, Jillian and Patty figures out who is the master mind to the chaos and goes after him. Just when they thought they manage to contain the spirits from wreaking more havoc, all hell-pun intended breaks loose and New York is in the verge of becoming the world’s biggest haunting site. Can the Ghostbusters save the city in time?
Early reviews before the movie was released were skeptical about ‘the reboot’ of a beloved classic. Rest assured and kindly ignore those dumb idiots because this movie is a boom. With an outstanding cast consisting of McCarthy, Wigg, McKinnon and Jones plus Hemsworth playing ditzy role, you are bound to laugh out loud whenever they have something to say or do. Melissa is her usual bubbly self with Kristen going ga ga over Chris. I almost went gu gu over Kate instead. Ehem. Jones meanwhile held her own as well. Besides the main cast, do keep a look out for special appearances by some of the old school actor/actors. I was going bonkers when I spotted my favourite lighting up the screen. The brilliant casting was supported by a reasonable storyline that kept the movie interesting. Meanwhile the special effects have of course improved by leaps and bounds capturing the ghost image and also the super cool gadgets. The theme music was polished to fit current music trend but still very much attached to the original sound. Try as I might, I can’t find any fault and enjoyed every minute of the movie.
First of all…stop comparing this reboot to the classic Ghostbusters circa 1984. If that film was not made in the 80’s, this latest offerings can still hold on its own because of the amazing directing and casting. Paul Feig who brought us Spy starting Melissa and Bridemaids with both McCarthy and Wigg hits a home-run with this flick in my opinion. There were plenty of memorable lines and scenes that will tickle your funny bones and this may just be another classic for the latest generation to enjoy story about girls who catch ghost for living. So remember who to call when there is something strange around the neighbourhood ok!