[Movie Review] Ghostbusters

Who you gonna call?
The four ghost-busting ladies with their new and improved toys steal the slimelight. 

One thing for sure, Paul Feig picked the right people to star in the 1984 Ghostbusters reboot. The four leading ladies Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are a foursome to be reckoned with; not excluding eye-candy Chris Hemsworth as the himbo (a male bimbo) who isn’t able answer the phone properly.

 

Ghostbusters – (PG – Some Frightening Scenes)

Language: English with Chinese Subtitles
Director: Paul Feig
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Charles Dance, Michael Kenneth Williams, Chris Hemsworth
Duration: 116 mins

Rating: 3/5

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The female-led reboot caused quite a stir when the news of a reboot was first released. More than the fact that fans are being over protective of their childhood piece, the harsh criticism the movie has received seemed unfair for it is not all that terrible.

Abby Yates (McCarthy) teams up with longtime friend Erin Gilbert (Wiig) when New York City had a sighting of a ghost in an old-century house. Together with quirky engineer Jillian (McKinnon) who invents all the crazy gadgets and equipment to destroy and capture ghosts, train worker Patty (Jones) joins the ensemble, contributing her knowledge of history to the team.

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When sightings of paranormal activity increases as time goes by, the newly-formed Ghostbusters heads to a rock concert on their Ecto-one (thanks to Patty) to find a raging ghost wrecking havoc at the concert. After their successful capture, they became the town’s celebrated heroes but not with the approval from the mayor. All hell breaks loose when the core machine that lures the dead from the Underworld (or wherever they are) gets rebooted and ghosts in all shapes and sizes terrorise the city with mass destruction and hysteria.

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The nearly two-hour movie is filled with humorous one-liners and hilarious gags, something you wouldn’t expect anything less coming from these SNL comedians. However, there were a few gags that came off childish and underwhelming, the improvisation sketches that didn’t seem to work in favour for the audiences. If you’ve been following its trailers, the bulk of the comedy will have been spoilt for you.

The laughters in the theatre were as loud as the swoons of the appearances of Hemsworth, especially in his goofy character. But no hurrah was as much as the gasps and cheers when the main cast from the first Ghostbusters appeared for a cameo appearance.

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Perhaps we’ve seen quite a bit of McCarthy and Wiig, knowing how well they fare in terms of comedy on the big screen. They sure did a fantastic job, delivering comical and entertaining performances, but it was Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones that stood out. McKinnon as crazy scientist Jillian pulls the most unsuspecting but probably the best jokes among her squad. Even her physical comedy and zany facial expressions are playful and silly in their own ways. For Jones, her loud personality and exaggerated actions are amusing to watch.

The last 20 minutes of the final battle was admittedly a little over-kill. But I’m not complaining too much of that because it is then when you get to enjoy the new and improved gadgets – a fresh look into the cool upgrades. And that’s when you’ll see another ghost cameo from slimer!

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Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters does give gentle nudges to our memories of the 1980s film, but doesn’t exploit on its nostalgia nor gives it a lazy copycat flair. It is a decent lukewarm comedy where you have four talented ladies who doesn’t disappoint in giving you a good laugh at the cinemas.

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