Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) is an author who lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia University. Her job doesn’t last very long however, when a book she wrote a few years before, positing that ghosts are real, resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia. But when mysterious apparitions invade Manhattan, Gilbert reunites with her writing partner, Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), as well as nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), and subway worker Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones), to save the world from a powerful demon known as Rowan.
I wasn’t sure if this was going to be a new take on the old idea, or a remake of the previous film, but with a female cast.
It was the latter.
Did that spoil it for a fan of the old movie? I’m happy to say, not as much as I expected.
The opening seemed rather slow, largely down to some ‘modern’ (or perhaps juvenile) humour that I failed to be amused by, but once it got past that awkwardness and moved on into a more recognisable plot, with excellent special effects, I began to forgive it and get involved with this set of characters.
For me, Patty was the standout character, larger than life and the only non-nerd member of the crew. The cameo appearances of several of the original cast (including the old fire station) were a treat, and watching Chris Hemsworth (in extremely non-Thor mode) playing the vacuous eye-candy receptionist ‘Kevin’, was hilarious.
I found Holzmann the least convincing, she just seemed to be a caricature, both in mannerisms and dress, but she did cook up some truly mean and awesome weapons, so I guess I’ll forgive her.
The ghosts were fab – and the return of the sausage-munching green blob (and his subsequent appropriation of the hearse) was much appreciated.
Best line: the one from the advert: “Why am I the one operating the untested nuclear laser?”
“Because you’ve got the longest arms.”
Did I enjoy it? Yes, it got better and better as it went on.
Would I watch it again? I wouldn’t pay to watch again, but when it comes round on TV, yes, because I can skip the start and pick up at a more fun place.