Saturday, 20 April 2019

Bridesmaids pals are back... to bust ghosts

“IF there’s something strange ... in you neighbourhood ... who you gonna call?

“IF there’s something strange ... in you neighbourhood ... who you gonna call?

Yes, the Ghostbusters are back. Thirty-two years on from the original 1984 film soundtracked so memorably by Ray Parker Jr, fans of the franchise — which last hit the big screen in 1989 with Ghostbusters II — have something to cheer.

This isn’t a sequel, thankfully — the saga of how Ghostbusters III never got made could fill a (truly tedious) book.

No, what we have here is a reboot — a phenomenon given impetus in recent years by the huge success of JJ Abrams’ 2009 take on Star Trek — which will see the release of a second sequel, Star Trek Beyond, later this year, following on from 2013’s Into Darkness.

Directed by Paul Feig, whose previous hits include 2011’s Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters reunites that film’s stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, alongside fellow Saturday Night Live alumni Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.

Bill Murray and Dan Ackroyd, the stars of the original film, were also Saturday Night Live veterans, so this is a good start.

This time around, the all-female Ghostbusters team is headed by authors Abby (McCarthy) and Erin (Wiig), who were laughed out of academia after publishing a book claiming that ghosts really do exist.

Eventually they are proved right when evil apparitions appear across New York City.

The pair must join forces with aspiring paranormal investigators Jillian (McKinnon), a nuclear engineer, and Patty (Jones), a subway worker, to save the world from the phantoms — as well as a powerful demon known as Rowan, who can exercise control over human forms.

Patty provides the pimped-up Cadillac hearse essential to their task — and even the Ghostbusters theme gets a reboot courtesy of Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliott.

For their part, Bill Murray and Dan Ackroyd have given their blessing to the film in the form of cameo appearances. Look out for Sigourney Weaver and Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne too.

Ghostbusters is showing at Henley’s Regal Picturehouse — in 2D and 3D versions — from today (Friday).

Review: Matthew Wilson

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