Film Review

Ghostbusters: Review

Through the deeds of a slightly deranged, evil resident of Manhattan, ghost have started to invade. It is up to paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) and Abby Yats (Melissa McCarthy), nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), and subway worket Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones) to fend off these spectral entities, and band together to form The Ghostbusters.

With all the controversy in the media, and hordes of upset fans, it should be stated that this is a remake of the old classic. There are a good deal of in-jokes, poking fun at the fact that the story was told way back in 1984. It is the fact that the film does not take itself too seriously that goes a long way to forgiving the remake. Many an upset fan would have been appeased had this been a sequel, or even a parallel team.

Putting aside the trouble with fans (and their qualms are likely quite justified), this is a good film. Some in-jokes, and one-liners are only funny to those who have seen the original, but at this stage, 32 years on, are there really many who haven’t? The effects in some places do look a bit dated, whether a deliberate homage to the first film, or just to fit in with the overall style and feel of the story and comedy.

The four girls on the Ghostbusters’ team are funny, each bringing their own character quirks to the fore, leading to a few humorous moments. Let’s not forget Kevin (Chris Hemsworth), as the character with the funniest, albeit the most awkward, physical comedy presented.

Parents are cautioned that the opening scenes might be a bit too intense for young ones, due to their frightening nature. The rest of the film however calms down to ghost creatures where the focus is more on actions and comedy, rather than horror.

Ghostbusters is a fun, light hearted story, which can be enjoyed by the entire family. The plot, while good, will not tax the intellect, the nostalgic effects, coupled with humour will keep everyone amused, and all-in-all, these many items add up to a thoroughly enjoyable experience, quashing preconceived notions that a remake can be nothing but terrible.

Ghostbusters opens in South African cinemas 29 July 2016

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

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