Girls over­come ghosts and trolls

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film -

WHEN a book co-au­thored by sci­en­tist Erin Gil­bert (Kris­ten Wiig) years ear­lier about the ex­is­tence of ghosts resur­faces, she is laughed out of her univer­sity job and the aca­demic world.

She turns to for­mer child­hood friend, co-writer and fel­low ghost en­thu­si­ast Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) and dis­cov­ers she has ded­i­cated her life to prov­ing the ex­is­tence of su­per­nat­u­ral phe­nom­e­non, along with nu­clear en­gi­neer Jil­lian Holtz­mann (Kate McKin­non).

They form a team of ghost hunters, re­cruit sub­way worker and fel­low ghost wit­ness Patty Tolan (Les­lie Jones), and hire dopey beef­cake Kevin (Chris Hemsworth) to an­swer calls at their new en­ter­prise.

Busi­ness is boom­ing be­cause ho­tel worker Rowan (Neil Casey) is caus­ing su­per­nat­u­ral oc­cur­rences around New York with a plan to open a por­tal to the other side.

Not with­out its hic­cups in get­ting to the screen, this Ghost­busters re­boot was pegged from its in­cep­tion by online trolls keen to see it fail.

Why? Ap­par­ently an all-fe­male ver­sion would ruin their mem­o­ries of the male-dom­i­nated clas­sic orig­i­nal.

But writ­ers Katie Dip­pold and Paul Feig (who also di­rected) have put to­gether one of the bet­ter re­makes we have seen.

In fact, in a sweet twist of fate, the con­text of online back­lash cre­ates a stronger sub­text as the fe­male ghost hunters face naysay­ers from their peers and gov­ern­ment about their skills and abil­i­ties.

While it isn’t the smoothest ride – jokes fall flat, the re­veal of the fa­mous logo is limp, and McKin­non and Jones fail to make an im­pact in the pres­ence of Wiig and McCarthy – the story is fresh­ened up with some re-jig­ging.

Enough of the script has veered from the orig­i­nal’s struc­ture that die-hard fans of the 1984 clas­sic could still find much to en­joy here.

And when those girls get to kick some se­ri­ous ghost butt, it de­liv­ers the goods.

GHOST­BUSTERS (PG) Di­rected by: Star­ring:

Paul Feig Melissa McCarthy, Kris­ten Wiig, Kate McKin­non, Les­lie Jones


Ju­lian Wright

Ghost­busters pro­vides a fresh take on the orig­i­nal film.

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