Ghostbusters (2016)

ghost bustersGenre: Comedy

Director: Paul Feig

Running time: 105 minutes

Main Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth

Ghostbusters makes its return to cinema screens and shows us that the ladies can match it with the men when it comes to fighting the supernatural.

This Ghostbusters film had been hated by people online, forbidding it to exist when it was announced to the world. They hated the idea of the main four characters in the series being cast to women instead of men.

In a time where modern society is reaching out for equality, whether it be LGBT community or women’s equality in sport, particularly here in Australia. Women being cast in a role meant for men isn’t the end of the world, it’s the changing of the world.

This Ghostbuster film matches it with the original Ghostbusters (1984) and is a delight to watch.

The film follows a supernatural invasion of New York, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, Nutty Nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and a MTA worker Patty Tolan team up to repel the Ghost invasion.

The casting of the four was important for the success of the reboot and they have casted tremendously well, getting four funny ladies that work wonders together.

Those four ladies are Melissa McCarthy (Abby), Kristen Wiig (Erin), Kate McKinnon (Jillian) and Leslie Jones (Patty).


Wiig (Erin), Mckinnon (Jillian), McCarthy (Abby) and Jones (Patty) dressed up and ready to kick some supernatural ass. source – Sony

When watching the film it feels like these four ladies feed of each other and seem to have wonderful chemistry on screen, combine that with Chris Hemsworth playing the dim witted hot guy and you have plenty of laughs.

All four women have their own little quirks that help define their characters, for example Jillian makes you believe through her actions she is as nutty as she seems and it makes for some funny one liners such as “I’ve heard terrible things about you.”

The film is directed by Paul Feig, known for his R-rated comedies “Bridesmaids” (2011), “The Heat” (2013) and “Spy” (2015).

In comparison to these three movies it’s a more tamer affair as he aims to connect with  more family audience for this film, and he does it well.

The special effects are wonderful as we get  variety of different ghosts appear on the screen from different time periods, as well as different types of ghosts from humans to dragons to the return of a Ghostbusters favourite in the Marshmallow Man.

All these ghosts interact with the world they are in and they do not look out of place, as well as combining with the actors to create an outstanding fight scenes as well as some disgusting goo moments but at times it was too overdone and could have been toned down just a tad.

Cinematography, writing, casting, directing and special effects combine to make this a worthwhile watch and helps to match it with the classic original and shows that women are equal if not better at catching ghosts or making us laugh, the times are changing in the cinema world and expect more women to be cast in main roles that a man could play.

*hint: Listen out for the updated version of the Theme song and remember to stay for the entire credits, there is a little surprise at the end….


The Front Row Opinion



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