Ghostbusters (2016) Review

 

  • July 15th, 2016
  • 1 Hour 56 Minute Run time
  • Action / Comedy

 

The all female lead reboot of the beloved Ghostbusters has been one of the most talked about reboots of possibly all time. With every person seeming to have different thoughts on it does the Ghostbusters reboot come out taking names or does it fail as many would hope to see it.

We follow two lifelong paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates who after finally seeing a ghost in the flesh enlist the help of nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann and subway worker Patty Tolan who sees a ghost along with them in a hunt to save New York City from a potential ghost overhaul. The story itself isn’t entirely the main focus here for the most part. It does what it needs to progress through and does a good job at that.

What many want to see is how these 4 woman don the suits to battle ghosts and I must say they all did a fantastic job at it. The chemistry between Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones is great. They all appear to truly enjoy themselves in this and the dialog with them all flows smoothly. McCarthy and Wiig stick to their normal characters for the most part while McKinnon might be the stand out performance female wise. McKinnon as almost the mad scientist of the group gives a wild and zany performance often leading to what appears as random memorable scenes with her character. Leslie Jones as well as the tough girl of the group leads a handful of memorable scenes with her character. I feel like these four woman gave a hell of a performance given all the high standards people were giving them to live up to. The Ghostbusters as well have a male in the group as the office assistant as well in the form of Chris Hemsworth. Hemsworth here play the good looking but ultimately brain dead character and often times stealing the show when in a scene with his dumb logic or therefore lack of. He was a great choice to throw in for some comic relief.

On the action side of things the film does a good job with the ghost CGI scenes making them look good. The action scenes flow well and we are given a different range of weapons and tools displayed to see in action. The film isn’t all action though as there are mainly two big ghost scenes in the film with some filler between it so don’t expect nonstop action. We are given though a lot of cameos from ghosts and other actors though to watch out for.

I do have to put though that Fall Out Boy’s cover of the Ghostbusters theme that is played in the movie is horrendous and should of never been done. It is almost laughably bad.

Overall the Ghostbusters reboot isn’t bad by any means. People will hate regardless but looking at it this film isn’t bad by any means. With a great female lead cast giving memorable performances and some good action scenes the Ghostbusters reboot is worth giving a shot.

 

Score : 7/10

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