‘Ghostbusters’ (2016, 12A)

The latest reboot to hit theatres, is ‘Ghostbusters’ a worthy successor of the 1984 classic, or does it leave you with ghoulish nightmares?

After peculiar sightings of paranormal activities throughout New York, Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) must reunite with her old friend and paranormal enthusiast Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) as well as Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) and Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones) to save the city from a ghoulish apocalypse!

There’s been a lot of controversy about this film in the run up to its release, mainly from people against the new, all-female ghostbusters as oppose to the classic films’ all-male team. Because of this, there seem to be quite a few negative reviews about ‘Ghostbusters’ which I don’t quite understand. Don’t get me wrong, this film isn’t perfect – far from it. However within the predictable plot and cringeworthy humour, there a few small thing that save the film from being a total nightmare.

One such thing would be the character of Kevin, who is played excellently by Chris Hemsworth, the simple-minded, unintelligent receptionist who works for the Ghostbusters. Until he turned up, the film was – unfortunately – looking like it had been made out to be by all the negative reviews – a poor, boring, humourless reboot of a brilliant classic. However, the first scene which contains Kevin (this scene is also probably the funniest in the film) brought loads of laughs and Hemsworth portrayed him brilliantly.

However, most of the comedy in ‘Ghostbusters’ came from childish slapstick which I just didn’t find funny. The villain of the film is also quite weak and a bit pointless as all his acts could’ve been explained without using his character.

Overall, ‘Ghostbusters’ isn’t a total disappointment. However, despite the inclusion of the extremely funny Kevin, its mainly humourless comedy means I’ll have to give this reboot only six-out-of-ten.



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