Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters

Paul Feig (2016)

112min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
A missed opportunity in every respect, director Paul Feig's reboot of the beloved 1984 comedy horror is a mess of misfiring humour, noisy thrills, bloated action, chaotic CGI and zero charm. This gender-reversed update sets itself too many nostalgic hurdles and fails to clear any as Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig (who both previously worked with Feig on Bridesmaids) along with Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones become the overly zany spook exterminators who must stop a crazed hotel janitor unleashing spectral mayhem on Manhattan. With a scattershot story barely hanging together and zipping from one frantic ghoulish escapade to the next, the four comediennes fail to cohere as a believable unit and barely sustain even the most obvious comic clichés without falling back on their own signature schtick. The finale set in a Times Square shifted to the 1970s is just one of the hard to understand concepts utilised to desperately keep it apart from the revered original.

Summary

When a series of supernatural disturbances occurs in New York City, two experts in the paranormal investigate, joined by a brilliant inventor who has created an array of ghost-hunting gadgets and a public transport worker whose knowledge of the city provides vital clues to the sinister cause of the ghostly activity. Reboot of the 1980s comedy franchise, starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth.

Cast & Crew

Abby Yates Melissa McCarthy
Erin Gilbert Kristen Wiig
Jillian Holtzmann Kate McKinnon
Patty Tolan Leslie Jones
Harold Filmore Charles Dance
Hawkins Michael Kenneth Williams
Agent Rorke Matt Walsh
Kevin Chris Hemsworth
Mayor Bradley Andy Garcia
Phyllis Adler Elizabeth Perkins
Ed Mulgrave Ed Begley Jr
Rowan North Neil Casey
Rebecca Gorin Sigourney Weaver
Cabbie Dan Aykroyd
Desk clerk Annie Potts
Uncle Bill Ernie Hudson
Martin Heiss Bill Murray
Famous rock star Ozzy Osbourne
Director Paul Feig
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyGuidance: Swearing, sexual references.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 11 Jul 2016
Comedy Drama