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Review: Ghostbusters

Roslyn Hull

Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat. IMDb.

Never mind ‘who you gonna call’ – you make the call!

Please, please, pl-e-ase ‘like’ this film on IMDb, share it on Facebook, tell the Twitterverse that it is awesome and go see it! The vitriol that has been poured on it from the first announcements is unprecedented (these haters make the Star Wars crazies seem almost sane). So it is a great touch that the trolling is addressed in the film with Melissa McCarthy reading out a couple of the actual tweets.

Don’t they say that the best revenge is success?

I had some negative thoughts about why yet another classic film needed to be remade, and why it would star girls not guys – would it just be a feminist stunt?

I could not have been more wrong!

It is hilarious, it has a strong, fresh narrative and yes, at times it is even a little bit scary. The villain is excellently (and understatedly) sociopathic and the animation of the ghosts is, well, as creepy as it should be. Spectral subway rats are not something I will forget easily.

Just when things do get frightening they bust the music out and I found myself annoying my neighbour with my chair dancing (sorry). Thank heavens it was HerCan’s own Heather and she was chair dancing too!

Every woman in the cast has the comedic timing and skill of a ninja, they have swag, they release their inner geek AND their inner warrior and they tear up the screen.

Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig are the ‘name’ actors but Leslie Jones as Patty is hilarious – still spluttering when I remember the ‘the power of Patty compels you’ scene. I know Kate McKinnon is a Saturday Night Live regular but her role as the crazy-like-a-Spengler nuclear engineer is a huge ‘cooee’ to casting agents everywhere – I loved her.

Just about all the cast have been guests or regulars on SNL, which is only right as this is the same breeding ground that gave the world the original Ghostbusters actors. This film is respectful, even loving towards its predecessors but make no mistake, it is not a copy. There are lovely little references and delightful cameos throughout – I was even happy to see Slimer make an appearance – but this is a new crew, with a new director and enough attitude to beat any spook.

Paul Feig also directed two of the funniest movies ever – Spy and Bridesmaids – which should be enough momentum to get this movie some traction but I guess haters just want to hate. Don’t join them, rebel and see the film. You have nothing to lose except your ability to breathe (from laughing so hard).

The Ghostbusters don’t just have a good director, they also have the best (and worst) receptionist ever. Chris Hemsworth is comedic gold as the dumbest blonde in years. He is very, very pretty to look at too. Whatever you do, DO NOT leave the cinema until the screen goes black after the credits because there are so many goodies nestled in there. Including Chris playing Kevin but Kevin possessed by Rowan (keeping up?) dancing on a balcony with all the finesse of a 16-year-old boy at a blue light disco. And loving it.

Forget who you are going to call, ask ‘Who rule the world?’ instead.

Roslyn saw this film as a guest of Dendy Cinemas Canberra.

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Ros Hull

Roslyn is a writer and storyteller who loves all things Canberra, her family, sci fi and movies – but not in that order. She has worked in museum education since 2001 and has a passion for imparting knowledge to others. Writing is her happy place, particularly if there is a dog at her feet and a coffee in her hand. More about the Author