Ghostbusters returns to our screens in 2016 in this reboot of the 1984 supernatural comedy movie . Produced by Amy Pascal, written by Katie Dippold (The Heat, Parks & Recreation), Ghostbusters stars comedy superstars Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kristen Wiig & Kate McKinnon.
This movie feels like we are getting somewhere. Finally.
Erin (Kristen Wiig) is on track for tenure and trying to suppress a book she wrote with Abby (Melissa McCarthy) years prior. Abby is now working alongside Jillian (Kate McKinnon) in a dodgy university lab, where Abby hasn’t moved on from previous investigations into the paranormal. From there they end up joining forces with Patty (Leslie Jones) and becoming the Ghostbusters.
Mega props to both Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, SNL stars who really shine in this film. Kate McKinnon’s creepy yet cool nerd persona is exciting to see, and Leslie Jones’s down to earth yet strong and confident character bring this film to life. Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig have already established themselves as comedic gold and this film feels like they are bringing Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon into the fold.
In a world where women are marginalised, including in film, this movie is a breath of fresh air. This movie doesn’t get political in the script, there are a few jabs here and there for the astute observer like when Kristen Wiig gets reprimanded for her outfit as a professor, even though it is ultra conservative. No, the politics of this movie are the fact it was made, the fact the lead roles are all women, the fact that they are never portrayed as sexual objects not even once, and the fact they are all intelligent, powerful, and active people saving the city and being the heroes. That is the political win of this movie.
But should you watch this movie just because it defies convention politically, well, I would say yes, but that is not all you get. Ghostbusters is funny, it is smart, and it has heart. Grab your friends, grab your wallet, and give all your money to this movie, because it will be a franchise, and we will be seeing the Ghostbusters again.
Who you gonna call?