GHOSTBUSTERS

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Although it might be hard to believe, this writer has never actually seen the original Ghostbusters from the 1980s, so didn't watch the Ghostbusters 2016 reboot with any expectations that would shape my viewing in any way. Instead, sitting down to watch the Blu-ray edition of the 2016 release with an open mind, just waiting to see what I’d find.

So what was that? Well, to this humble critic, Ghostbusters was a laugh-out-loud joy of a film. It contained incredibly funny, and at times, incredibly moving performances from the four main actresses, particularly Kate McKinnon as Jillian Holtzmann and Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan. Chris Hemsworth, in particular, contributes some really funny moments as the dim-witted receptionist Kevin, although it's the main four Ghostbusters’ humour, particularly the work of McKinnon and Jones, although Melissa McCarthy as Dr. Abby Yates and Kristen Wiig as Dr. Erin Gilbert really shined through, too - I don't think I've ever laughed out loud at a film’s jokes so much! It really does hit the mark with a lot of the jokes.

The effects on the film itself were also outstanding - the already impressive CGI was made breathtaking in high-definition, and the lush, brighter colours really enhanced the overall experience of the film, especially making the appearances of some of the particular ghosts and ghouls all the more shocking and impressive.

The Blu-ray release also contains the extended edition (of which has a 134-minute running time, whereas the theatrical edition is approximately 116 minutes).  - which added lots more scenes, laughs, and story in just over the extra few 18 minutes, and is definitely worth watching. Not that the theatrical edition is any less outstanding and funny and entertaining in its own right - but the pacing and story really comes into its own in the extended edition. The standard DVD of the film also contains some really great special features, such as ‘Meet the Team’, ‘Visual Effects: 30 Years Later’, ‘Slime Time’, commentaries from the writers, director and filmmakers, as well as other great extras such as a photo gallery - which really give you a deeper appreciation of the film, both in general and in terms of how it was all made.

If you go into watching Ghostbusters with an open mind, you quickly realise that's it's just a great film - a rush of hilarity, fierce action and outstanding performances, lots of science and slime - and most importantly, ghosts, in one amazingly fun film, no matter what you may have heard. It's definitely one that should be on your Christmas lists (Yes, even now - you know a film is a good one when it should be put on your Christmas list in November).

GHOSTBUSTERS / CERT: 12 / DIRECTOR: PAUL FEIG / SCREENPLAY: PAUL FEIG, KATIE DIPPOLD / STARRING: KRISTEN WIIG, MELISSA MCCARTHY, KATE MCKINNON, LESLIE JONES, CHRIS HELMSWORTH / RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 21ST


 


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-1 #3 Petefan 2016-11-15 22:40
I mean under.
The media campaign itself was sexist, against it's audience, ignoring any female criticism that was negative.
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-1 #2 Petefan 2016-11-15 22:39
The guy above me is right. It's sad that certain types of females are saying this movie is the greatest thing ever.
I've been a longtime fan and a female (born BTW) and the writing is flawed and jumbled, with hardly a cohesive plot. Other females have said that the other 3 characters basically take turns being one character. A dumbed down movie is NOT a tool of empowerment and is insulting. If you think your daughter should be empowered by this farce, you must be a poor parent or have VERY low expectations for her.
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-1 #1 Rob Cassidy 2016-11-14 04:14
The first thing I saw was the big '9 out of 10' rating...and then sure enough, just as I expected, it's a female reviewer! One who then goes on to state that she has NEVER SEEN THE ORIGINAL.

This review is clearly biased - whether that's thanks to a nice payoff from Sony or simply down to good old 'gender solidarity', I'll let others decide. The fact remains however that having never seen the original should have immediately ruled this person out of reviewing this particular film. 'Ghostbusters' remains a true classic after thirty years. This reboot is nothing more than a watered-down (no R rating) version of Paul Feig's usual fare, with the Ghostbusters name/branding slapped on it because Sony Pictures needed an old IP to exploit. There's a queef joke in the first 20 mins, cringey 'comedy' throughout, and four female characters who have no on-screen chemistry and seem all too aware they are in a comedy movie. All in all, an insult to the legacy of the original and its fans.
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