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Friday, July 15, 2016

Ghostbusters (2016)

After being fired from Columbia University when its discovered she co-wrote a book on ghosts, a professor (Kristen Wiig) rejoins her former colleague (Melissa McCarthy) in studying paranormal phenomenon. It isn't long before ghosts are found underground in the New York subway but their documentation is dismissed by the media. Based on the 1984 film and directed by Paul Feig, this all female (Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are the other two) reboot was notorious before it even opened when a nerd apocalypse occurred on the internet before filming even started and misogynistic fanboys of the original decried their beloved "classic" being debased. Let's face it, the original GHOSTBUSTERS was fun but it was hardly a piece of important cinema. So how how is the reboot? I had a good time at it and I found it not only funnier than the original but it also provided some genuine scares (which the original didn't have). The four comediennes are among the best in the business and they're all in fine form here but the film is stolen by Chris Hemsworth as the male equivalent of the "dumb blonde", his character an amalgamation of the first film's two female roles. A pleasant summer diversion. With Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, Charles Dance, Andy Garcia and Cecily Strong.

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