Direction: Paul Feig
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Charles Dance, Michael Kenneth Williams, Chris Hemsworth
Music: Theodore Shapiro
Cinematographer: Robert Yeoman
Editor: Melissa Bretherton, Brent White
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
What is it about: This film serves as the reboot to the franchise “Ghostbusters”. The film recreates the ambience with four women trying to form a Ghost Catching business in New York City, the film is directed by Paul Fieg.
Why it’s disappointing: In spite of being a reboot for a famous franchise it kind of fails to hold the attention which it should have. The premise was set well but dives more in to slapstick which kind of tires you out at a point. That eventually led to little discomfort in accepting this reboot. A little more effort on the screenplay with interesting factors which was abundant in VFX could have worked more in favour of “Ghostbusters”. May be the sequel to this will make up for the lost factors.
What to watch out for: The film in spite of lacking to hold the interest comes out from it. Mainly due to the peculiar cast chosen. Who did a great job in keeping you invested in the film.
The director who have given “Bridesmaid” and “SPY” made it point to keep the slapstick strong and his favourite Melissa McCarthy didn’t disappoint him. She is a darling of masses and does an “Abby Yates” hands down. She puts the comedy right in the centre. That was closely followed by Kristen Wiig as Erin Gilbert, she is a perfect choice for a character like Erin. Kate McKinnon as Jillian was a sweet Tom Boy who was in sync with the others. And Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan was icing on the cake.
The film had amazing cinematography by Robert Yeoman, who made the viewing experience good. That was perfectly cut by Melissa Bretherton and Brent White. The VFX was the high point of the film, it was spectacular with 3D making it better. In spite of being in your face 3D it was a good one as this one does require that in your face 3D. I’m pretty sure IMAX would be a good choice to watch this one. The sound mix was well complimented.
Verdict: Paul Fieg, made a decent attempt in keeping the franchise intact with a film which entirely doesn’t disappoint you. It may not be the replica of the classic but does reflects the new age with grace, which the cast helped in achieving it with timing comedy elements. Definitely worth a watch for the eccentric characters and its technical brilliance.
P.S. don’t miss the post credit scene!!!