–Ghostbusters finally came to my pay movie channel where I could watch it and to be honest, it’s a perfect TV movie. Is this a sequel or a reboot? Oh, sorry, “reimagination?” It’s officially been referred to as a reboot but I’m not sure why they would go that route and not maybe ping off the excellent groundwork the first film put out there. But don’t worry, even though it’s a reboot, the original cast and fixtures make cameos that are pretty cute or “ah!” moments in the film.
Ghostbusters is directed by Paul Feig (Spy, Bridesmaids) and stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones as the ghost busting team, along with Chris Hemsworth and cameos by Dan Akroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson & Annie Potts. Plus cameos by Slimer, the Stay Puft Marchmallow Man and even their original firehouse headquarters! Weaver’s appearance is during the closing credits.
The first 45 minutes is pure story setup as we learn about the characters, the first few ghostly encounters, equipment development and testing, and what not. All stuff to make us care about the people and enjoy their testing. It almost worked, but Wiig, as funny as she can be, was running on empty in this part of the film.
The story is familiar and not. There are some great little cameos by the original cast members at different times as well as a cute nod towards the original film’s headquarters building, but since it costs $15k a month to rent. So, um, no, our squad can’t afford that!
But as the story tries to be original, they still delve into the old story line of first one ghost, then another, then a ghost possession of one of the team members, then the local government body trying to discredit the team, and finally the culmination of a city being overrun by ghosts.
Sound familiar? And maybe it’s obvious how they approach the story. But still…
The new team brings the usual assortment of proton guns, but they also have some additional new toys for the team that aren’t so cumbersome as the backpacks.
McCarthy was not delivering her usual style, but a bit more of a subdued version of her usual style.
Wiig may have held up the cast with her usual routine through acts two and three, while Chris Hemsworth delivers quite the silly boy-minded man, until he gets to hammering time. Oh wait, wrong movie.
The film was cute but not riveting. The development of the first two acts kept me more focused than I expected to be but by the third act it ran its course and pretty much got boring and typical.
When this film hit theaters, it bombed pretty badly to the point that the distributor even renamed it for the home theater release. I’m not sure it was that bad, but rather, the general public was not interested in a Ghostbusters reboot or for that matter, a reboot whose gender was totally recast just to make a point of some sort. Weig directed Bridesmaids and that was a f*ing hilarious use of Wiig, but here, there was none of that humor. And he even had a hand in writing the script.
More than 140k IMDb users chimed in with a 5.4/10 rating, while Rotten Tomatoes rating gave it a 73% fresh score, after 311 reviews, it had an average score of 6.5/10. But the audience gave it a 53% fresh score.
You be the judge.
Me? I’m pretty happy I didn’t drop bucks on it in theaters. It really didn’t move me to feel liek I was thoroughly entertained. If I left after act two, Maybe, but sticking around kills it.
I’ve give it a popcorn 6/10. Nothing more. I think you’d find it cute
Ghostbusters 2016 Post-Credits Scene Explained
Oh, and there’s a post-credits scene in this film too, because, just in case there’s some kind of a sequel, they set it up so that Leslie Jones’ character, listening to a tape, says, she hears something weird and asks what’s a Zuul?
IF you’ve seen the original 1984 film, you know who Zuul is. If not, Zuul possesses Sigourney Weaver’s character and turns into the gatekeeper of Gozer.
There, now you don’t have to sit through all the credits.