702. Ghostbusters (2016)

702-ghostbustersBackground info

Title: Ghostbusters
Director: Paul Feig
Year: 2016
Run time: 1hr 56m

“Ghostbusters makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today – Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. This summer, they’re here to save the world!”

Live blog

1:34 – Ghost Corps! Love creating company idents specifically for films.
6:41 – “A 460 page gag?”
10:47 – Soup crisis.
11:20 – “She’ll ask you to write a book and then she’ll squash your dreams.”
17:38 – Pingles are perfect for every occasion!
21:21 – That must have been a comment someone made about this film, crazies.
27:44 – Love the fire station being too expensive.
29:16 – Not sure I’ve seen him being natural Australian before. Like it.
32:19 – “Your work is more cerebral than I expected.”
41:45 – It’s all coming together. They’re going mobile, getting a car, checking out the logo.
45:28 – “Kids is mean.”
50:31 – Ha, it’s not like a book club at all.
55:49 – Can’t believe the only casualty was a guitar!
1:01:10 – “That man went out the wrong door.”
1:01:45 – I wonder if all films should take a moment to respect Patrick Swayze.
1:10:50 – They really aren’t subtle.
1:13:31 – I wonder how hard it would be to come up with good things under pressure. Soup!
1:21:38 – There’s nothing like chasing down the mayor and banging on windows to make you seem less crazy.
1:25:51 – Slimer!
1:33:30 – “Your country thanks you.”
1:41:59 – “I’m kidding, you were gone two seconds.”

Conclusions

I really loved this. It’s always difficult when a childhood favourite is rebooted for a new audience, but thankfully I only saw the original in 2009 so haven’t formed as much of an emotional attachment to it as others may have.

What I enjoyed about this one was the number of references to the original, and the appearances of the founder members, obviously, but equally the way it told the story in a whole new way. The separate pieces coming together to explain how and why these girls end up doing the job they do. The reason for the overalls, deciding they need to be mobile ghostbusting packs, the brief visit to the old police station, all that kind of thing.

And what a fantastic job done by the foursome. I love Melissa and Kristen, but I have to say Kate and Leslie were a revelation. The nutty engineer and the kick ass transit employee really brought great things to the more established duo. Great cast, great story, great respect and great visuals. Top stuff.

Rating: 5/5.

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