The funniest girls in comedy ain’t afraid of no reboot!
Thanks to Sony Pictures Australia we had the chance to see Paul Feig‘s “Ghostbusters” before its Australian cinematic release. This is our review of the film, but – as usual – no matter what we say, we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because there is no better critic than yourself!
When mysterious paranormal events start happening in New York, it’s up to three women with different scientific expertise and a former subway employee attendant to find out the cause. A journey that will take them to become the first ever people to catch a ghost on film which goes viral but also copping lots of hate messages claiming they are fake; even with the Secret Service using them to manipulate the truth. However, soon enough these girls will become the city’s only hope.
Director Paul Feig (Spy, Bridesmaids) accepted what could be the biggest challenge of his career! Rebooting one of the most beloved franchises in cinema with an all-female leading cast is no easy task: unleashing a lot of unnecessary internet controversy from people who gave the film a dead sentence without having seen the final product. Luckily, we kept an open mind (and you should too!) and we totally get what Feig tried to accomplish with his Ghostbusters vision. He delivered a decent result, with some good comedy bits, hints at the beloved original film, and of course tons of digital ghosts, that look superb in 3D.
One thing Paul Feig always does well is to get the best out of his actresses; this time is no exception. The leading cast members are played by some of the funniest girls in comedy; Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones who deliver a light, enjoyable chemistry among them. What’s more, Melissa McCarthy plays a role that is less “Tammy” (thank God!) and more “Spy”, while Kate McKinnon really steals the spotlight by giving her character Jillian a very unique personality, that even remind us to the Extreme Ghostbusters cartoons.
Australia’s Chris Hemsworth deserves a special mention for moving away from his classic heartthrob/superhero characters by taking on the male bimbo character of Kevin, the secretary of the Ghostbusters. And, despite not being memorable, he still delivers some really fun bits that serve the plot well.
It’s really hard to find a main reason of why the film doesn’t work for all viewers. Many of them complain that is too different from the original (isn’t that the whole point of doing a reboot?) while others say that some films should never be touched as they are perfect as they are; a point we agree with. However, filmmakers and actors should not be targeted for this. The main blame should go to the Hollywood machine who is lacking ideas and who mostly now looks to get sales instead of delivering timeless films. Just think on why we are getting another Michael Bay’s Transformers film or one of the most awarded films of all-time like Ben-Hur is also getting a remake, while excellent cinematic pieces like 10 Cloverfield Lane or our very own Australian horror flick Scare Campaign don’t get the same amount of attention.
Overall, Ghostbusters is a film that takes a huge leap of faith. Despite all its plot holes, silly jokes (seriously, the dumplings jokes were not funny!) and the horrendous theme song by Fall Out Boy, that thankfully can be heard for less than 30 seconds during the actual film, the new Ghostbusters manage to get the job done. They are helped by great mix of comedy, special effects and a story that mixes a bit of the cartoons with the excellent PS3 video game, but still pays tribute to the original film. It might annoy older generations of fans, but certainly will grab the attention of new ones, especially the little ones who will wish to have or build a proton pack after leaving the cinema, as many of us did back in the 80’s!
Ghostbusters opens in cinemas 14 July 2016