No need to fear all-female cast
GHOSTBUSTERS (PG)/ Comedy
116 minutes/ Now showing
I'M TERRIFIED to admit it
but I actually enjoy Ghostbusters.
Netizens have slimed
this all-female incarnation since its trailer was released earlier this year.
I admit it looked pretty terrible. But once Wiig, McCarthy, McKinnon and Jones appear on screen,
it becomes clear that the preview did not adequately capture the film's comedic flair.
Ghostbusters is pretty funny. You don't laugh
at all the jokes, but you
laugh at enough of them
to have a good time.
The four leading ladies are brilliantly cast, with Wiig leading the team like the veteran comic she is.
Under Feig's direction,
they inject a different kind
of comedy from the boyish humour of the original
But unless fans expect a carbon copy of the original, this isn't a bad thing.
Even franchise fans have enough to enjoy, as Ghostbusters is more than generous with its cameos.
Not to mention, the film is certainly empowering for women to watch.
It does not explicitly discuss gender, as if there's nothing surprising about brainy women wielding guns and battling the supernatural.
For this, it deserves
an extra thumbs up.
Then, there's Hemsworth's hilarious but painfully accurate gender spin on
the pretty but airheaded receptionist.
At the end, the Ghostbusters appropriately proclaim: "It's not terrible
That's true. It really isn't.
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