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“Ain’t no bitches gonna hunt no ghosts.”

Title: Ghostbusters (aka. McKinnon and Jones take New York)

Release: July 2016

The reboot of the 80s classic settles for more than being ‘just fine’. Rebooting a timelessly classic franchise is not a quest to be taken lightly, yet Paul Feig embraced the opportunity like the gallant champion of movies he is.

We’re quickly introduced to a brand new team of brilliant scientists; the straight-laced Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig), the paranormally driven Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) and the bizarre Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), who also happens to be a total genius. By the good fortune of New York, our team of experts are assisted by the unapologetic Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones) who may not have a PhD in EctoEngineering or Ghostonomics but certainly brings more than her fair share of genius to the table. Specifically, everything that makes the Ghostbusters, ghostbusters: transportation, four flashy jumpsuits and a whole bundle of spectre directed wit.

McKinnon’s Holtzmann, euphorically lost in the depths of her own wackiness, proves to be just as badass as the rest. That one scene, you know the one. Case closed. It’s a pleasure, nay privilege, to watch her character unfold onscreen. It’s been said before and I will reiterate; Ghostbusters will do for McKinnon what Bridesmaids did for McCarthy.

Jones’ Tolan proves to be the team’s most valuable asset however when it’s revealed  its her knowledge of New York’s extensive history that will save the city from Rowan North (Neil Casey) and his dastardly ghouls. Jones brings to life that one character most, if not all of us can relate to.

“Okay, room full of nightmares. Not going in there.”

– Patty Tolan

The film does an incredible job in addressing the film’s haters, integrating them into the movie in a comedic yet civilised way. “Ain’t no bitches gonna hunt no ghosts.”, plucked straight from the entertaining scene in which our protagonists read the tactless comments beneath the footage of their spooky apparition.

Verdict: Don’t let the ‘unparalleled insight’ of the online haters, (with their comments about a movie they probably haven’t seen) sway you into missing a thoroughly enjoyable film.

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