Ghostbusters (2016)

ghostbusters-2016

Ghostbusters (2016)

Director:

Paul Feig

Starring:

Melissa McCarthy

Kristen Wiig

Kate McKinnon

Leslie Jones

Plot:

Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.

Review:

Finally got around to watching this since I wasn’t able to see it in theaters. My husband is a huge fan of the first and had no desire watch and while I do love the first the idea of this was still appealing to me.

The beginning started off with promise but it quickly grew boring for me. McCarthy and Wiig were themselves as Ghostbusters and it honestly wasn’t that funny. McKinnon was either not crazy enough or too crazy, I’m not sure which. Jones was probably the only character that didn’t annoy me at any time during the movie, though I wish she’d pointed out more often just how weird the others were. The less said about Hemsworth’s character the better.

Looking for reviews and opinions on this movie was difficult, especially when talking with friends. People either felt it raped their childhood because no movie could ever compare to the first, or they acted like having an all-female cast was the worst idea ever or that it was just a money grab, or they thought it was amazing because it was an all-female cast. It was difficult to get an opinion on the movie that wasn’t clouded by a whole host of other things.

I wanted to like it because I like the actresses and I like the idea, but I didn’t find it funny, which made me sad. I thought the pacing was off at times and the continuity editing was 90s era WB bad. I really felt like this could have been so much better with just a bit more work.

I liked when it didn’t try and copy the original and could have done without the few call backs there were, though I do think it could have done with a montage in the middle to liven things up like the original.

It would take more time than I care to use to try and figure out what could have fixed the comedy for me, but every now and then I could see something better shine through which just makes me all the more disappointed.

2/5

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2 comments

  1. I was kind of torn when I shared my thoughts on this one too. Does the fact I didn’t like it mean I’m tacitly endorsing all these awful people? But you’re totally right that it cherry picked all the least successful parts from the original. And a montage potentially could’ve increased the ghosts-busted count above one ha ha.

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    1. Just because you didn’t like it doesn’t mean you’re endorsing awful people as long as you have valid complaints to point too. I don’t think enough people gave an honest opinion of this movie because they didn’t want that label and the movie suffered because of it.

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