Review: Ghostbusters

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DIR: Paul Feig • WRI: Katie Dippold, Paul Feig • PRO: Amy Pascal, Ivan Reitman • DOP: Robert D. Yeoman • ED: Melissa Bretherton , Brent White • MUS: Theodore Shapiro • DES: Jefferson Sage • CAST: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon

 

It’s impossible to address Ghostbusters in a vacuum, because ‘the internet’ is determined to make this film some sort of litmus test of feminism/sexism/masculinity/intelligence and whatever else you want to throw in there. I am a woman reviewing the all-female reboot of a deeply beloved all-male classic…so let’s get this out of the way. The only time I’ll give to this whole male/female split is to say that for me, (a woman!) growing up as a massive fan of the originals, it was a genuine joy to watch women on the big screen playing these characters. I now have two sets of abnormal paranormal investigators to love. There have been countless reboots and re-imaginings of things precious to my youth – Spiderman, Superman, Planet of the Apes, Alice in Wonderland, Annie, Star Wars, Footloose, The Karate Kid, Dawn of the Dead, Point Break, Transformers, Poltergeist… it goes on and on. Film execs are dredging the past for faint glimmers of excitement, and trying to repackage it and sell it to a new generation – this is what Hollywood, that churning machine of movies, does. But I’ve never seen unnecessary venom to this degree before a movie was even released – is it really so terrible to have a female cast? So, this is where I’m landing now: watch Ghostbusters and critique genuine movie-related things that you like or dislike; don’t watch it if you are terrified of somehow sullying your precious childhood by 114 minutes of women being funny. Problem solved. And now, to the movie!

The film opens with a slow-building ghostly scare, a la the Library scene of the original, before introducing our new Ghostbusters. Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) is an uptight academic, trying to deny her past work with ex-collaborator Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) in the widely-derided field of paranormal investigations. This is proving difficult, as Abby is re-selling their earlier book on ghosts and drawing unwanted attention to Erin at her stuffy university. Seeking to shut her up she instead gets caught up with Abby’s new engineer, Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), and the three set out to visit a haunted mansion – Erin to finally move on from ghosts, and Abby and Jillian to chase them. The mansion turns out to be very haunted indeed, and the excited women soon find their ghostly proof ridiculed in the science community and their jobs taken away. Meanwhile, creepy evil-doer Rowan (Neil Casey) is setting up ghost-boosters all over the city, amplifying resident spooks and ramping up their full torso free-floating apparition credentials. Just as Erin, Abby and Jillian set up a new business in busting ghosts the city seems to need their expertise more than ever. Hiring nice-but-dim Kevin Beckman (Chris Hemsworth – a very two dimensional addition) as their secretary, and adding tough-as-nails Metro worker Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones) to the crew, the Ghostbusters set out to fight their biggest battle as Rowan’s nefarious plan threatens to destroy the entire city.

This Ghostbusters reflects the original in narrative – we have a similar setup, with the main scientists losing their jobs and focusing on their kooky field just as paranormal activity ramps up all over NYC. There are legitimate complaints that this isn’t a continuation of the original universe, with the characters as protégées or daughters of the first Ghostbusters. Instead of existing in a New York where a giant marshmallow Stay Puft sailor once stomped through Manhattan, these paranormal investigators are instead living in a city that initially ridicules them before realising – in dramatic fashion – that not only are ghosts real, but that only the Ghostbusters can save them.

A lot of the humour depends on your tolerance for Saturday Night Live – the original also had that edge of American-sketch-show to it, and the back-and-forth has high moments of comedy, though more time could have been spent on the Ghostbusters’ building up their business and getting to know each other. It’s also possible to pay too much homage, and sometimes the film does lose its own flavour in an attempt to recapture the original’s very particular brand – especially in regards to jarring cameos from original cast members. But there are great jumpy-moments, and it’s a genuinely funny movie – the chemistry and real-life friendship between the four lead actors is a solid anchor, with Kate McKinnon’s crazy Holtzmann, in particular, stealing the show. They are simply four hilarious comedians, and there are moments of side-splitting comedy for adults as well as kids – they all work so well together that their banter is seamless. Skewing a bit younger, however, this is also less frightening and a bit less involving overall than the original – smacking of being the first of many instalments, rather than a complete movie of its own.

With the vitriolic vortex going on since its announcement in 2014, I wanted so much for this movie to be absolutely brilliant – to silence the ridiculousness of armchair critics, YouTube downvoters and idiotic sexists. And it is a really, really good movie! But there’s just enough wrong with it to give shout-loudest critics vindication – and that’s sufficient for some people to dismiss it out of hand. Here’s my advice: if you loved the original, show it to your kids – laugh and scream with them at the Keymaster, the Gatekeeper, not crossing the streams, and cats and dogs living together (mass hysteria!). But take them to see this reboot too…because it has good scares, it’s a solid addition to a classic concept, and it’s so very, very fun. And I ain’t afraid of no female Ghostbuster.

Sarah Griffin

116 minutes
12A (See IFCO for details)

Ghostbusters is released 15th July 2016

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Jameson Cult Film Club screening of Ghostbusters

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They came. They saw. They kicked some ass.

New York City was brought to Dublin as the Jameson Cult Film Club returned for a double screening of biblical proportions of the 1984 classic Ghostbusters on Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th of November at the Mansion House.

The interactive Jameson Cult Film Club screenings are widely regarded as one of the most hotly anticipated cinematic events of the year and yet again organisers didn’t disappoint. Dublin’s Mansion House was completely transformed into a series of sets from the movie including the Ghostbusters’ NYC headquarters and Dana’s Central Park apartment.

Iconic scenes from the movie, such as Dana’s capture by the Terror Dogs, were acted out throughout the screening by lookalike actors. In other scenes, the Ghostbusters ran through the audience in a bid to escape being slimed. The crowd got a real surprise when the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man exploded on screen, with “melted marshmallow” pouring from the ceiling.

These free events are more than just your typical screening, as characters from the movie, live theatre and special effects timed perfectly with on-screen action help to create an electric atmosphere throughout the screening.

Following the screening, the party continued in true Jameson style with DJ Aidan Kelly on decks. Guests enjoying the gourmet burgers and Jameson Ginger and Limes at the venue included actors Adam Weafer and Carl Shabaan, film director Kevin de la Isla O’Neill and RTE’s Stephen Byrne.

For the uninitiated, Jameson Cult Film Club is all about watching your favourite cult films at spectacular screenings, staged to transport you into the film’s universe. This is a free event for movie fans, check out www.jamesoncultfilmclub.ie for details of upcoming screenings and register your details for the chance to win free tickets.

 

 

 

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Competition: Win Tickets to Jameson Cult Film Club ‘Ghostbusters

Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis in GHOSTBUSTERS.

 

‘Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light’ – this is what will happen to those who miss out on the double Jameson Cult Film Club screening of the iconic supernatural comedy, Ghostbusters. The double screening is taking place in a secret venue in Dublin on November 4th and  5th, rumoured to have its own paranormal activity.

 

Tickets are free from JamesonCultFilmClub,ie, simply register your details for the chance to win, but Film Ireland have 2 – highly sought after – pairs of tickets up for grabs for readers to the screening on Thursday, November 5th.

 

These free events are much more than just your typical screening, as characters from the movie, live theatre and special effects timed perfectly with on-screen action help to create an electric atmosphere throughout the screening. Expect to see Venkman and Spengler batting ghouls along with an appearance by the film’s real stars ‘Slimer’ and Stay-Puft Marshmellow Man

 

So if you and a friend want to be part of a crack team of supernatural elimination agents, then don’t wait another minute, grab your jumpsuits, proton packs and answer the below question to win tickets to the screening on Thursday, November 5th:

Ghostbusters is set is which city

  1. Dublin
  2. New York City
  3. London

Email your answer to filmireland@gmail.com before 2pm Monday, 2nd November when the Film Ireland Hat will get slimed and select the winners.

All entrants must be over 18 – ID must be presented if requested.

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A Jameson Cult Film Club screening of biblical proportions… Ghostbusters returns to the big screen for two nights only November 4th and 5th

 

‘Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light’ – this is what will happen to those who miss out on the double Jameson Cult Film Club screening of the iconic supernatural comedy, Ghostbusters. The double screening is taking place in a secret venue in Dublin on Wednesday November 4th and Thursday November 5th, rumoured to have its own paranormal activity.

 

So far, Jameson Cult Film Club have screened Friday the 13th Part Two in an abandoned camp site, Silence of the Lambs in a psychiatric hospital and Predator in a dense rainforest. They even engineered an exploding shark in the murky confines of a closed theatre space for the recent Jaws screening. Now, they’re giving Ghostbusters the same Jameson Cult Film Club treatment.

 

These free events are much more than just your typical screening, as characters from the movie, live theatre and special effects timed perfectly with on-screen action help to create an electric atmosphere throughout the screening. Expect to see Venkman, Spengler and Stantz batting ghouls along with an appearance by the film’s real stars ‘Slimer’ and Stay-Puft Marshmellow Man

 

So are you are troubled by strange noises in the middle of the night? Or experience feelings of dread and despair in regular cinemas or tv rooms? Do you or any of your mates want to be part of a crack team of supernatural elimination agents? If the answer is yes…then don’t wait another minute, grab your jumpsuit, proton pack and log onto jamesonclubfilmclub.ie to be part of the action.

DJ Aidan Kelly will be taking to the decks with sounds from the movie before and after the screening while guests are treated to ‘Slimer’ burgers and refreshing Jameson, Ginger and Lime long drinks.

 

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