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Ghostbusters review: Fearless gang's raucous return

(12A, 117 mins) HHHHH

By Damon Smith

Published 15/07/2016

Leading ladies: these girls show fighting spirit. Photo: PA Photo/Sony Pictures
Leading ladies: these girls show fighting spirit. Photo: PA Photo/Sony Pictures
Female touch: the new cast with director Paul Feig
Laser treatment: from left, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon in Ghostbusters

Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) hopes to secure tenure at Columbia University, but her academic future is thrown into disarray when childhood friend Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) peddles copies of their long forgotten 400-page tome, Ghosts From The Past: Both Literally & Figuratively.

The two women are reunited in the lab where Erin conducts experiments with her madcap protegee, Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon). A haunting at Aldridge Mansion gives the trio their first glimpse of the fight ahead, joined by ballsy subway worker Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones), blessed with an encyclopaedic knowledge of Manhattan's grim history.

It transpires that a demented misfit called Rowan North (Neil Casey) is summoning ghosts to create a vortex between the living and the dead. Armed with prototype backpacks, the gang races into the fray, risking ridicule from the media and Mayor Bradley (Andy Garcia). Ghostbusters affectionately harks back to the series' glory days. McCarthy and Wiig rekindle their Bridemaids on-screen chemistry, with colourful turns from McKinnon and Jones, and merciless self-mockery from Hemsworth.

Three stars

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