I ain't afraid of no ghost!

After a tumultuous period of production, coming under scrutiny from both franchise fans and various social-driven agendas alike, the Ghostbusters reboot finally makes its on-screen debut.

Under the helm of Director and writer Paul Feig (known for Bridesmaids) as he attempts to bring an 80’s favourite to a new generation of fans whilst satisfying the old, but the real question is does it succeed?

In classic Ghostbusters fashion, the movie begins within the historic - and soon-to-be poltergeist-ridden - creepy Aldridge manor, as a Tour Guide (played by Silicon Valley's’ Zach Woods) closes up for the night.

But unbeknownst to him, a mysterious device has been planted within the manor, that is about to breach the paranormal veil and trigger otherworldly activity within its walls - who’re you gonna call?

Elsewhere Dr. Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) is about to secure tenure as a professor at her college, unfortunately the Amazon re-release of a paranormal book she co-authored back in college - with friend Abby (Melissa McCarthy) whom she hasn’t seen for years - threatens to scupper those plans.

Believing her ‘paranormal activities’ were a thing of the past - instead becoming a woman of modern science and persuing its method ever since - but it once again rears its ethereal-head, as she is once again reunited with old-friend Abby and her - off-kilter, gadget-wizard - lab partner Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon). What begins as an investigation leads the trio to be sucked into more ghostly shenanigans than they could ever foresee - starting at the aforementioned manor.

Ghostbusters definitely gets off to a shaky start, with the in-jokes and camaraderie being far more miss than hit - part-in-parcel with some less than stellar editing work. But that quickly subdues as Ghostbusters progresses and the team begin to ultimately coalesce, culminating in a fun-filled, action comedy that will have you smiling ear to ear, whilst simultaneously hitting every story beat of the original, and exuding that same iconic Ghostbusters ambience we all hold in high regard.

Likewise the cast far from being a distraction, completely nail their new roles - especially Leslie Jones as ticket-officer Patty - creating a light-hearted affair that never gets bogged down within its own lore, nor the outside pressure squeezed upon it. Instead Ghostbusters embraces everything you may have preconceived notions about and showcases a film that was obviously crafted with real care and attention, and truthfully a film that is sure to please Ghostbusters fans - those willing to get past their own ego, that is. We live in an age of reboot anarchy, but of the most recent attempts that come to the furore, Ghostbusters is easily in the upper echelon of our current retread madness.

Ghostbusters - Slimer

Part of what makes Ghostbusters work is how fresh it feels, it may indeed be a reboot - and not a sequel if any readers were confused - along with an obvious gender-swap that had many prior to its release up in arms, but rest assured all of the old cast - those both alive and dead - make their own humourous returns, and it all just plainly works, never swaying to the numerous film tropes that plague many female-led movies and may have had fans worried.

Not everything within Ghostbusters hits all the high notes mind you, there are numerous times when Kate McKinnon (playing the zany Jillian) seems to embrace her best Harley Quinn impression, and may have viewers puzzled on how to take her as a character. But as you leave your screening of Ghostbusters, you’ll be reminded why you love escaping into an imaginary, on-screen, ghost-filled world, with your problems outside melting away leaving behind only joy for its roughly two hour runtime.

Fans may have a point and rightly feel protective over their cult franchises, but the Ghostbusters reboot is not fuel for that fire. Instead you’ll be treated to two hours of pure fun, whilst being reintroduced to your childhood and welcoming ghostbusting to a brand new generation of fans, along with hopefully more movies to come.

If you’re unsure whether to see Ghostbusters due to the inescapable, social-driven backlash, don't be, you’re in for an ectoplasm-filled treat.

Ghostbusters is currently available to buy on Blu-ray & DVD via Amazon or on-demand via Amazon Video.

  • Review by
    David Robinson

    Twitter: @5ypher

    Posted on
    12th July 2016

  • 4 Out of 5 Stars
  • Shaky start

    Some poor editing

  • Very fun

    Nods and cameos to franchise

    Light-hearted

    Feels fresh

Film Info

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Rating: 12A
Release Date: 11th July
Runtime: 1 hrs 56 mins
Director: Paul Feig
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Neil Casey, Chris Hemsworth, Bill Murray & Cecily Strong

  • Ghostbusters
  • Ghostbusters II
  • Pixels

Comic violence, and a few adult-oriented gags but nothing overly offensive.

Keep your eyes peeles during the credits for possible sequel references.

Whilst the film takes place in New York, most of the filming of the movie is being done on locations in and around Boston.

In an interview Paul Feig revealed that the first cut of the movie was 4 hours and 15 minutes long.