Ghostbusters (2016)

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Andy Garcia, Charles Dance, Neil Casey, Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver

Directed by: Paul Feig

Rating: 1 2 3 4

'Ain't no bitches gonna hunt no ghosts.'

Yup, trawling the comments on their YouTube page, our 21st century female phantom hunters know quite well what they're up against. But who cares if a few internet naysaying assholes are gnashing their teeth over the gender agenda when there's a supernatural apocalypse threatening to wipe out New York, and the only thing standing between civilisation and catastrophe is you and a nuclear-charged proton pack? And why indeed would you care about the opinions of some sadsack fortysomething fanboys when you've created a film as fresh and funny as the rebooted Ghostbusters? Huh! I ain't scared of no trolls.

Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Kristen Wiig in Ghostbusters

Because face it, with women like this, who needs men? First up you have the power duo of McCarthy and Wiig, possibly the funniest women on screen since, er, French and Saunders, and the frankly insane antics of Kate McKinnon's autistic genius inventor Holzmann – who knew a cross between Pink and Tank Girl would make the best action heroine since Sarah Connor?

Yes, it's still '80s-racist to have the only black 'buster a subway worker with 'street smarts' while the white girls are physicists with doctorates, but Leslie Jones is so wonderfully ballsy and funny you have to roll with it – and speaking of roles, hers is definitely far less of a quota filler than poor old Ernie Hudson's back in 1984.

Throw in a script that crackles with wit and hilarious, self-referential one liners, a great comic performance from Chris Hemsworth, llaying down Thor's hammer to geek up as hapless himbo receptionist Kevin, and a stream of carefully cultivated cameos from original cast members (stick around as the credits roll for Sigourney Weaver's) and the stage is set for a very funny movie indeed.

Chris Hemsworth as Kevin in Ghostbusters

But, with director Paul Feig well aware of the franchise's much loved heritage, you needn't worry about this sweet, cheeky homage messing with precious childhood memories: yes, it may well send you screaming back to the original, but only to see what other in-jokes you may have missed.

Slick, sassy and riotously entertaining, Ghostbusters is the perfect summer blockbuster, mixing exciting spectral SFX action with a heartwarming message about the power of friendship – the ending is pure Poltergeist for gal pals.

Internet trolls? Gender schmender: if women can clean up the political slime the UK's currently mired in, they can sure as hell bust a few ghosts...

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