|Starring||Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth|
|Release||11 JUL (UK) Certificate 12A|
The film starts on a high note, and this being a Paul Feig film everyone gets to do and say something funny, even the bit part players. Whilst first time around Murray and the guys played it straight, now everyone’s in on the joke. I guess we can blame the success of the Marvel movies for a familiar self-aware rata-tat-tat type of dialogue - even Poe Dameron managed to sneak in some snark into The Force Awakens – but there are actual good jokes too and it’s these that propel us through a sagging middle third when the quartet aren’t given much to do, including a great accusation that Wiig throws at Andy Garcia’s non-believing New York mayor, "You’re just like the mayor in Jaws!"
The film comes back to life though with a thrilling effects-laden finale that includes Kate McKinnon’s Holtzmann to live out every lil’ Ghostbuster’s fantasy and blitz her way through a wall of spectres with new handheld proton packs in a sequence that would sit comfortably in any action movie. Ignore the haters that focus on the fact that our ladies shoot the final big bad in the groin, because there’s no deeper level there: getting hit in the dick is funny, just see "Man Gets Hit In Groin By Football".
Ghostbusters 2016 isn’t perfect: the scientific dialogue sounds unwieldy and there is the sense that yes, we’ve seen this all before. Which leads to the giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in the room as to whether Ghostbusters needed a reboot in the first place? Maybe not to anyone over the age of 30, but were you really bothered by films from three decades before when you were a kid? And no one can honestly claim to be surprised that studios are out to make a quick buck in the easiest way possible, particularly when Angry Twitter Users are just as happy to fork out for endless comic-book movies.
The truth is, however, from start to end this film is just pure joy, a lot of which is borne from the fact that the original is so much fun that there’s no point trying to lay those ghosts to rest. The fact that it’s four dames wielding the proton packs shouldn’t even come into it, because it’s 2016 for fuck’s sake.
But yeah, the new theme tune still sucks.
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