Following a rise in paranormal activity in New York, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilber (Kristen Wiig) and Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) and subway worker Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones) band together to stop the otherworldly threat and form a new Ghostbusters for a new generation.
Now let's be clear, much internet trolling has been carried out over this reboot/reinvention around female Ghostbusters. I have no issue with this in the slightest. The film also addresses this issues with a few gags aimed at the keyboard warriors to indicate what they make of the whole affair.
These four women are great in their roles, there is good chemistry as a group and this helps form believable relationships and helps the jokes to all and as they should.
The problems are largely around the old Ghostbusters or rather the baggage of the original film. A substantial amount of time is spent making nods back to what has been rather than focusing on these new characters. Cameos are at times nonsensical and even previous ghosts such as Slimer and Stay Puft are given their 'remember these guys' moments. Another problem is that when old faces do return they appear, not in their previous roles, but as other randomly inserted characters. This gives these appearances a rather forced feeling and left me to wonder would it have not been of greater benefit to have the old guard 'pass the torch' early on so these new Ghostbusters can rid themselves of the old baggage and form their own cinematic presence. This constant looking over the shoulder to the past is a weight around the film's neck.
As I said previously, our new Ghostbusters however are an entertaining bunch both Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy are in usual strong comedic form but its is the new additions which brought me the most enjoyment. Both McKinnon and Jones stole the show and had the best lines and best reactions throughout the film. I'm already looking forward to more cinematic outings for both these stars.
here is a lot to enjoy in Ghostbusters. It is certainly not a dull film, it is funny but sadly it loses it's way in the final third and the aforementioned weight of Ghostbusters past may be too great to make these the Ghostbusters of the future.