Now that the fanboys and trolls have more or less quit their whining about Paul Feig’s scandalous decision to reboot a beloved 80s franchise with female leads, it’s time to celebrate a rare Hollywood action blockbuster that dares to suggest that women can aspire to be something other than wives and mothers.
Ghostbusters follows the exploits of four independent, unmaternal, if not outright celibate, workaholic women. Their full-time job - hunting ghosts - may seem odd, but they are simply the best in their (admittedly very specialist) field. These fearless, loveable, non-sexualised ladies develop an arsenal of advanced weapons for science and self-defence. Inevitably, it’s not long before they’re using these to save New York from an array of creepy, slimy, vaporous spooks. Ghostbusters is no masterpiece, but it serves up an agreeable helping of slick gags and spectacular set pieces, alongside its empowering premise.
Ghostbusters | Directed by Paul Feig (USA, 2016) | with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig. Starts August 4