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Ghostbusters  : Girls Just Wanna Bust Many Myths
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Friday, July 29, 2016
Comedy
Paul Feig
Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth

Three young Physics-spouting cerebral women rush in where men fear to tread. Mention a ghost sighting and off they go to scientifically prove that ghosts do exist. Erin Gilbert who seriously seeks to be accepted in academics as a Physics expert finds herself unwittingly back with old ghostbusting partner Abigail who hasn't given up on her research. Armed with new partner Jillian's guns and ammunition, the trio is ready to take on the ghosts of New York City.

 

In a wacky and witty role reversal, they hire a male version of the dumb blonde receptionist. Hunk Kevin is hired purely for how he looks, never mind if he makes yucky coffee, lets the phone keep ringing, goes off on long lunch breaks and would rather admire his own photographs than pass on important messages to his bosses.

 

This foursome is soon joined for the mandatory black face by Patty from the metro station who encountered a ghost on the rail tracks.

 

The mixture of three brainy women, one Himbo and one black who doesn't have a clue about Physics, is a premise for a load of fun. And writer-director Paul Feig along with co-writer Katie Dippold milks it for a mad ride through New York City that suddenly seems overrun by ghosts.

 

Of course there's a conspiracy brewing. And there's a disbelieving Mayor who plays politics amidst the chaos. Plus a sprinkling of professional debunkers who want to prove that the Ghostbusters are a bunch of fake, crazy girls on the loose.

 

Like all sci-fi, you have to suspend logic and watch Times Square full of ghosts and buildings being crunched. But if you're in the mood for humour and brainy, ballsy girls, Ghostbusters provides it non-stop.

 

Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and of course Chris Hemsworth keep it rollicking. And Andy Garcia as the Mayor of NYC, is smooth and suave.

 

For a film that's spirited in more ways than one, Ghostbusters gets a 3* rating.

 

Reviewed by
Bharathi S Pradhan

Senior Journalist & Author

 

 

 

 

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