Ghostbusters (2016) Mini Review

“I don’t go to Chinatown, I don’t drive wackos, and I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!”

Directed by: Paul Feig

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, Chris Hemsworth

Synopsis: Paranormal scientists Abby (Melissa McCarthy), Erin (Kristen Wiig) and Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) join forces with New York subway worker Patty (Leslie Jones) to track down the source of a spate of ghosts that have been terrorising the city. They are the Conductors of the Metaphysical Examination. Or to the layman, the Ghostbusters.

Bustin' makes me feel good.
Bustin’ makes me feel good.

Guess what everybody? Ghostbusters is a lot of fun! As in, a *lot* of fun.

Sure, it has a more cartoony quality than the 1984 original, and its lead characters aren’t as deadpan or subtle, but what the film is, and what the characters are, is quite simply this: entertaining. And who doesn’t enjoy being entertained? Other than the angry internet gremlins.

No, it’s not a perfect movie. At times it’s a touch clunky in its execution. The villain is a little bland. The final third is a tad overstuffed. And there’s one Ozzy Osbourne cameo too many (i.e. one). Yet still I found myself putting aside these concerns thanks to a fantastic chemistry between the Ghostbusters themselves, jokes by the dozen, a brilliant opening scene, and what is probably Chris Hemsworth’s finest hour. One scene in particular in which he’s interviewed for a position as the Ghostbusters’ new receptionist literally had me in tears of laughter.

So what of the four female leads? Leslie Jones’ Patty is distinct, vibrant, loud – and most importantly – funny. Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig’s Abby and Erin interchange largely, yet still believably glue the team together. And as for Kate McKinnon’s Holtzmann. Well. Just be prepared to fall in love.

Well played Paul Feig. Well played indeed.

Rating (out of 5):

3.5 Stars

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