Benjamin Maio Mackay
Ghostbusters - 2 Stars
Who you gonna call….clearly not a script doctor.
Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates are a pair of unheralded authors who write a book positing that ghosts are real. A few years later, Gilbert lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia University, but her book resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia. When ghosts invade Manhattan, Gilbert reunites with Yates, teaming up with a nuclear engineer, Jillian Holtzmann, and a subway worker, Patty Tolan, to save the world from a mysterious evil and powerful demon known as Rowan who can exercise control over human forms.
Ghostbuster has been the talk of Hollywood for months - ever since it was announced that the leads would all be female. To be honest I think this film is better than the original - which I know is a controversial opinion. However, that doesn’t make it good.
What this film manages to do is fill a gap in the market. This is a fun, family-friendly, enjoyable, laughable movie. Is it intelligent? No. Does it make much sense? No. Are the plot holes bigger than the large ghost at the end? Yes. Did I still have a good time? Yes. This movie is pure, unintelligent fun from start to finish.
The fun has a lot to do with the excellent casting - Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones shine brightest, but Kristen Wiig is also great in the most prominent role. Melissa McCarthy again manages to fall flat. Chris Hemsworth is funny, but sometimes too over the top - resulting in the jokes falling flat.
I don’t think any attention was paid to the plot, as it simply doesn’t make sense and could be summed up in a paragraph. Visually though, it was delightful.
Overall a really fun movie that isn’t clever and has very little substance. Better than the original though!
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas