Fun and nonsensical: Ghostbusters proves to be a worthy reboot with more than enough new additions to make it an enjoyable watch.
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I can’t believe I’m saying this, but… good work Hollywood! You made a decent reboot – for once. Don’t get me wrong, it’s far from perfect. If you’re convinced the new girl-powered Ghostbusters won’t live up to the original – turns out, you’re right. But who cares? There’s enough to like about the new Ghostbusters to make it worth a watch.
Ghost experts Erin (Kristen Wiig) and Abby (Melissa McCarthy) team up with a nuclear engineer (Kate McKinnon) and a subway worker (Leslie Jones) to save Manhattan when strange occurrences begin to gain momentum in their city. Paul Feig (Spy, Bridesmaids) returns to collaborate with McCarthy and Wiig, and thankfully does a much better job than expected.
Going into this film, I was already disappointed. From the trailer and all the trash talk, I was under the impression that like all other reboots, its main goal was to simply rehash what worked before in order to bring in a few bucks. Yes, the new Ghostbusters is definitely milking the franchise cash cow, but surprisingly, it actually makes some improvements on the original. If there’s one thing it does better, it’s the special effects. No wonder the budget was well over $100 million! Every ghost that floats onto screen is beautifully crafted – in a weird, scary way.
But is it as funny as the first one? Yes… and no. There are quite a few questionable jokes that fall more than a little flat, such as with Chris Hemsworth’s clueless receptionist, Kevin. Despite Hemsworth’s chiselled body and rugged good looks, he becomes more annoying than funny as his stupidity is relied on for humour again and again. Luckily, Saturday Night Live stars McKinnon and Jones save the day with their hilarity and quirkiness, often outshining their A-list counterparts.
Part of what makes the new Ghostbusters work is its high level of self-awareness. It knows that audiences hate the idea of their precious franchise being butchered, so it uses this to its advantage. Yes, the film still suffers from a predictable storyline, and sure, it doesn’t do anything that we haven’t seen before, but it’s still a joy to watch. Definitely one to check it out!
Ghostbusters is available in Australian cinemas from July 14
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