Ghostbusters (2016)

October 31, 2016 § Leave a comment

Well, ain’t it a Halloween surprise. I’m reviewing a reboot of Ghostbusters which I am sure that I’m the only one doing that on this festive day (okay, I’m not but moving on). And given that we live in an age where Hollywood studios decide to reboot everything that the public didn’t ask for, it is expected by the thing about that is this is a remake that literally divided the audience and critics more than the others including in the social media circles. It has gotten what is considered on of the most disliked trailers in YouTube history, it led to James Rolfe not see and review the movie and it also caused Leslie Jones’ website to be hacked in the worst way possible (which btw, what the fuck guys?). You already heard all this and honestly, I am not looking forward to this movie for my own reason which is this – I don’t get the appeal for the director.


Oh yeah, that’s right. I can take the fact that Ghostbusters can be females because really, Janine and Kylie Griffin anyone? And I can take whoever played the characters but why I can’t take Paul Feig. And that is a good question since he got his start co-creating Freaks and Geeks which I loved but after that, it sets off a different matter his movies like Bridesmaids and Unaccompanied Minors. He did have however good work on television like episodes of Arrested Development and The Office but his movies didn’t give me a laugh and I try my hard to get it really so this leaves one question – is he the director that’s worth rebooting the franchise instead of Guillermo del Toro or Judd Apatow… who’s also the co-creator of Freaks and Geeks?!?


Let’s see. The movie involves primary around Dr Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) who wants to get her tenure at Columbia University from Harold Filmore (Charles Dance) but after an encounter from Ed Mulgrave (Ed Begley Jr), she discovered that her past work involving a book on ghosts have been resurfaced on the internet scene thanks to her old friend Dr Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) and she wanted it taken down. Erin mentioned Mulgrave to Abby and Abby’s friend Dr Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) and leads to her to reluctantly check out the happening as long as Abby promised to take the book down.


The promise backfired a bit when Abby recorded Erin mentioning she saw a ghost and post it on YouTube after her tenure is done, it leads to them three form a team to track down ghosts and investigates with former MTA worker Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones) and their secretary Kevin Beckman (Chris Hemsworth) who’s not bright despite his good looks to them. Meanwhile, a plan to unleash a ghost apocalypse has been secretly done by Rowan North (Neil Casey) and it’s up to the four to stop it from happening while encountering other ghosts, two secret agents (played by Matt Walsh and Michael K. Williams) and maybe Ozzy Osbourne who’s in the backstage of his concert.


Now going back to the question and since I already give my opinion on Paul, that means it didn’t change much since I didn’t like the movie. However, I didn’t hate it as well. At best, it’s okay and watchable and there is few positives but many not-so-positives. Both Kate and Chris are the highlights since Kate shows herself to be a character more eccentric and awesome than the others while Chris did pull off him being the dumbest character that I’m sure doesn’t exist in real life. That, and he’s funny and attractive in this. The other positives is the story is fine but it goes to the point where I seen the type of the story before but hey, a variation of a story I seen before is okay by me and the visuals are indeed good even when it went on 3D on us by using the IMAX 3D Frame Break technique even on a 2D format.


The cameos is another positive with the exception of Dan Ackroyd whom he did try but it felt like he’s appearance is very much shoehorned in and that is saying something since he’s the guy who wanted a second sequel to Ghostbusters to happen prior to the saddened passing of Harold Ramis. Outside of it and this goes to the non-positives, I didn’t feel a thing for Kristen, Melissa and Leslie in this in terms of comedy. They are trying but the only time I laugh at anything involving them is the concert sequence with Leslie’s character being caught by a ghost. Like I said, this movie is watchable but preferably, it’s better to look at the extended cut since the theatrical cut didn’t do much.


So yeah, that’s my Halloween review for this year and at least it’s not like I’m reviewing another Sharknado sequel instead… Oh crap, I still haven’t seen the fourth movie yet. Well, my schedule is gonna be hectic so uh, maybe that movie is next or something else so who knows.


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