George V. Reilly

Review: Ghostbusters

Title: Ghost­busters
Director: Paul Feig
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Released: 2016
Keywords: su­per­nat­ur­al comedy
Watched: 29 July, 2016

The Ghost­busters remake is a light­weight but enjoyable summer comedy and a lot of fun. Four women, mostly dis­cred­it­ed scientists, fight an increasing number of paranormal incursions and kick some as­s—with­out wearing skintight clothing or being adjuncts to male leads. Internet trolls may be outraged but the non-tra­di­tion­al casting works. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones are funny and jell together. And Chris Hemsworth as the hunky but dim re­cep­tion­ist is an amusing bit of reverse casting, while Kate McKinnon seems to have become a queer icon overnight.

I dislike Hollywood’s lazy and cowardly preference for remakes and reboots, but this one is successful, paying homage to the original but also being a fresh take.

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