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Ghostbusters (2016)

Ghostbusters

Like a lot of people I’m not a huge fan of Hollywood remakes of classic movies. Why not just create something original? However the onslaught of abuse director Paul Feig and the cast of the new Ghostbusters movies got when the remake was announced was insane. I, however didn’t have a problem with an all female cast taking the reigns of this reboot and as the trailer looked quite funny (the opposite of the opinion of Youtube) I decided to give it a shot.

When New York City starts experiencing supernatural ghostly attacks, it’s up to Abby (Melissa McCarthy), Erin (Kristen Wiig), Jillian (Kate McKinnon) and Patty (Leslie Jones)-aka the Ghostbusters- to catch the ghosts.

Considering all the negatives vibes directed towards this movie, Ghostbusters is much better than the naysayers would have you believe. It’s four female leads all work well together and are an instantly likeable and funny bunch. They all have their distinct personalities and the script seems to play to their strengths. If I had to single out one for priase then Wig’s uptight but increasingly badass Erin was the one I enjoyed the most, but all of the cast get their moments to shine. Also a revalation is Chris Hemsworth in a supporting role as dim receptionist Kevin. Turns out as well as being ridiculously good looking he’s also hilarious too.

While Ghostbusters is a great movie it’s not the classic that it so wants to be. For one thing it is a bit too concerned with cameos from the surviving actors of the first movie. A tighter plot and a better villian would also help.

Hopefully the film will soon be remembered for being better than your normal remake and not for the controversy and insults directed to it’s director and it’s actresses. Come on people, it’s 2016 we should be above hurling sexist and racist abuse at each other!

Rating 3.5/5 – if you’re looking for an amusing supernatural comedy you’d do worse then calling on the new Ghostbusters

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Spy

Spy

Melissa McCarthy and director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) team up again for this action packed comedy set in the world of international spies. But can they recreate the winning comedy of their earlier work?

Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is a desk bound CIA anyalist that communicates with field agent Bradley Fine (Jude Law) on his missions. When they learn that villain Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne) has a nuclear device she plans to sell and she knows all the identity of the CIA field agents Susan volunteers to go undercover and track Rayona.

I like Melissa McCarthy and I’ve enjoyed her films with director Paul Feig and once again they’ve both made me laugh while watching Spy. Susan is more of a softer character than we normally see McCarthy play in movies, and it’s fun to see her play a different kind of role although she still knows how to shout obscenities at people as we witness later in the movie. The film looks like it was fun to make and the supporting characters seem to be having a ball. Jude Law is amusing sending up the James Bond esuqe agent Bradley Fine, while Jason Statham has a laugh at playing an arrogant and incompetent fellow CIA spy. Byrne is also a giggle as a vain villian and I loved seeing British comic Miranda Hart in a big Hollywood movie. There are also some good action sequences which manage to be funny and exciting.

However the film is also too long at 2 hours. What could have been a much tighter, funnier film has too much padding that could easily have been removed without any cost to the film’s enjoyment. There also wasn’t enough of Alison Janney’s CIA boss while the character of Aldo (Peter Serafinowicz) was also a laughter free cliché.

Rating 3/5 – funny and likeable but also way too long

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The Heat

Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy team up in cop comedy The Heat, but will this duo produce comedy gold or a big dud?

FBI agent Sarah Ashburn (Bullock) drives her colleagues mad with her perfectionism and uptight behaviour. Meanwhile Boston Detective Shannon Mullins (McCarthy) is foulmouthed and violent-even to her boss! When they are forced to work together to bring down a drug kingpin can they solve the case and become friends?

It won’t come as a huge surprise what the answer to those questions are. There also isn’t many surprises in the script which seems to follow the standard buddy cop routine. They’re complete opposites! Forced to work together! They are faced with obstructive police colleagues! However I wasn’t coming into this film expecting a reinvention of the wheel. It is what it is- an often funny, occasionally crude comedy.

McCarthy is great fun as Mullins and the actress clearly enjoys the antics her character gets up to. Bullocks has a bit of a harder job, we’ve seen this type of character before-arrogant, not a team player, by the book. For the first part of the film Ashburn is just irritating, however once the two start to bond, Ashburn becomes a funnier more likeable character. Bullock is also great at phsyical comedy, shown in such scenes as her hilariously terrible DIY attempt at first aid.

The plot about who is the drug kingpin is not that interesting but this fim is mostly about watching McCarthy and Bullock bounce off each other. They have great comedy chemistry and in the end become believable as friends who’ve learned to respect each other-maybe the only person in their lives who does acknowledge them in this way.

It may not be the best work of Bullock or McCarthy but they make for an amusing duo, and if The Heat 2 does get announced I should look forward to seeing them work togetheragain.

Rating 3.5/5-Bulock and McCarthy prove to be a formidable team that shows the boys how it should be done!

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