Ghostbusters director recruited the 'four funniest people' to lead reboot

Ghostbusters reboot receives positive reviews from critics after initial thumbs down.

Filmmaker Paul Feig has assured cynical Ghostbusters fans he recruited the "four funniest people" to uphold the legacy of the beloved film franchise.

Feig, who directed and produced the new female-fronted version of the spooky comedy, was more than a little shaken when critics and fans of the original, starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson, took aim at his casting.

And those who loved the 1984 film and its sequel insisted nothing could live up to the originals.

Feig has continued to defend his film and his decision to cast comediennes Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Kristen Wiig as his leading ladies, and at the film's premiere in Hollywood on Saturday (09Jul16) the director told Variety he truly believes he gathered the best ensemble worthy of continuing the legacy Murray and company began over 30 years ago.

"It's a classic property and people guard it," he admitted. "To make a new version and honour that feeling that people had for the original, I felt I had to just get the four funniest people I could. And that's what I did."

And to appease his fiercest critics - the fans - Feig offered several of the original cast members roles in the new movie. Murray, Aykroyd, Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts all feature in the new film.

Now critics have had the chance to see the full movie, the positive reviews are beginning to stream in.

Manohla Dargis of the New York Times writes: "It’s a lot like the old Ghostbusters, except that it stars four funny women instead of, you know, four funny men.

"In other words, it doesn’t have a lot of XY chromosomes and basso profondo voices, though its token hottie, played by a game, nimbly funny Chris Hemsworth, pulls his weight on both those counts.

"Otherwise, the redo is pretty much what you might expect from Paul Feig, one of the best things to happen to American big-screen comedy since Harold Ramis."

Meanwhile, Time magazine's Stephanie Zacharek, also praised the female leads, writing: "The movie glows with vitality, thanks largely to the performers, who revel in one another's company."

Ghostbusters hits cinemas in the U.S. and U.K. on Friday (15Jul16).

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