MOVIE REVIEW: Ghostbusters is fun and pretty darn funny

Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon in a scene from the movie Ghostbusters.
Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon in a scene from the movie Ghostbusters. Hopper Stone

THERE are some fans out there who will be disappointed with the new Ghostbusters remake.

But that's actually a good thing.

The Paul Feig-directed remake has copped a lot of flack from online trolls who have ripped into the idea of an all-female team of ghost busters.

Those haters will probably be impossible to win over, but luckily the rest of us can enjoy this funny, entertaining reboot.

I can understand why some cinema-goers are feeling remake fatigue; our cinemas have been flooded with reboots and sequels. Some have been good (like Finding Nemo) while others have been underwhelming at best.

I can vouch that Ghostbusters is one of the good ones.


Like anyone over the age of 30 I have fond memories of watching the original films with my parents (even if Slimer did give me nightmares).

If this new film is good enough for original stars Dan Aykroyd, who produces, and Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts, who all cameo, not to mention original director Ivan Reitman (also a producer), then it's good enough for me.

Bridesmaids co-stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy are joined by rising American comedy stars Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones in this modern-day remake about a ragtag band of scientists/ghost hunters in New York City.

The friendship between Wiig and McCarthy is at the heart of this story, with McKinnon serving up a massive side of quirky and Leslie Jones providing the sass.

Chris Hemsworth in a scene from the movie Ghostbusters.
Chris Hemsworth in a scene from the movie Ghostbusters. Hopper Stone

I never knew the Thor star had such great comedic timing; I think I laughed more at him than any other character aside from McKinnon.

One of the main reasons why this film is successful is that tells its own story and allows its stars to perform their own brand of comedy while staying true to the basic tenants of the franchise.

The film also feels like it was made by people who loved the original movies.

There are dozens of nods to the original films, from the obvious inclusions like the classic hearse (the team's mode of transportation) to more subtle references sure to delight movie buffs.

Ghostbusters is fun, funny and one of the better reboots of the past few years.

And make sure you stick around for Hemsworth's dancing during the end credits - it's strangely hypnotic.

Stars: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth.
Director: Paul Feig
Rating: PG
Verdict: 4/5 stars

Topics:  chris hemsworth ghostbusters kristen wiig melissa mccarthy movies

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