When the new Ghostbusters-movie was announced as a remake instead of a sequel – thus forever eliminating the existence of any prior movies – it spawned a hatred around the world similar to when Jews were being killed by Hitler. Some of the opinions even went so far as to attack one of its leading stars, on account she was the only black person on the team.
Disgusting really. No movie or actor should ever have to witness such blatant bigotry or fascistic racism. It was painfully obvious that most fans of the original Ghostbusters (most, I say, not all. I should know, I’m one of ’em!) disapproved of the new movie, even before they had a chance to see it.
Now … the real shocker is that this movie isn’t all that bad! It’s actually fun to watch … it really is!
The biggest problem the new Ghostbusters faces is how it craps all over the old ones. How? Simple. It’s a remake. Not a sequel, prequel or spin-off. But a remake. And doing a remake, no matter how nice you wanna be about it, is always about: ‘I don’t care about the old stuff! I’m doing my own shit!’
Ghostbusters tries to undo the wrong by having the cast of the old movies pop up in different cameos. Well, the ones who are still alive of course … though if you think about it … this being a movie about ghosts … they could’ve used the actors who died to appear as ghosts. No? Too much?
So, the best way to approach this movie is to keep an open mind. Or better yet, to lower your expectations as much as possible (just read enough opinions on any social media, and you’ll do fine!). Once you’ve convinced yourself that this movie is going to be absolute rubbish, just crappy shit of the worst kind, then you are ready to watch this movie!
And guess what? You’ll enjoy it! The beginning is a bit spooky, the middle is plain old hardy har har, and the ending is quite spectacular, to be honest.
Casting four women might seem like a dopey thing to do, but it pays off pretty well. Knowing willingly that you’ll never even come close to the brilliance of Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, the new Ghostbusters (still with me?) strays as far away from the original ones as possible in terms of looks and setup.
Some stuff is just great. The four women aren’t just any women. They are 4 real!!
They know their roles, they know comedy like the back of their hand and – believe it or not! – they lift a shitty screenplay with some crappy jokes and a lousy story to a much higher level. Even to the point where you might whisper to yourself: ‘Hey, this movie ain’t all that bad!’
There’s Abby who’s the most passionate of the group. There’s Erin who is the intellectual bookworm of the bunch, the one who’s actually written a book about it. Then you have a crazy blonde girl that seems like she could’ve been the 4th member of The Dixie Chicks.
And last but by no means the least: there’s the beautiful black girl who – like the original – becomes the last member of the group, coz she didn’t even know about ghosts and science before it all went down.
The new girlpower might not swing as awesomely as the original boysband … but there’s no denying you’ll enjoy a moment or two with them before the end of the movie.
One department where the new Ghostbusters does in fact triumph over the old ones lies in the Special Effects. They are amazing.
It’s an eye-popping light show that looks like every single neon light in New York suddenly came to life. In hindsight, it’s seriously overdone. But seeing as how this IS an action movie, well, why tone it down when you can go for the ultimate CGI-climax.
The big fight near the end is not as epic as the fight against Gozer or Vigo the Carpathian from the old movies, but you’ll enjoy it nonetheless.
In truth, this movie doesn’t serve quite well on character development or story plot – despite a wonderful little scene where Kristen Wiig tells of how she saw a ghost when she was a girl – but when you settle for crazy computer graphics and silly jokes that most of us could write even when plagued by a hampering headache, then you’ll come to terms with the movie’s silliness.
The one thing the movie could have used – which is what ’80s horror-comedies excelled at – is a bit of darkness seeping into the story.
The new Ghostbusters starts off well, but after less than 10 minutes you’re dumped into a relentless river of cheap gags and flashy ghosts. Unlike the original Ghostbusters or Gremlins, it would have benefited the quality and the entertainment of the movie if you were to believe that, for a few moments at least, there was some real danger lurking ahead.
Oh well … better enjoy the super-funny performance of actors Kate McKinnon and Chris Hemsworth. Especially this last one does really well as the unpopular dumb-ass who doesn’t even know how to work a phone or covers his eyes when something is too loud. So silly … but quite funny.
Lastly, it’s good to see Andy Garcia return to the big screen, even it’s only a small part in a redundant remake …
did you know?
As of July 2016 this film holds the title for ‘most disliked’ trailer ever on YouTube.
Give it to me straight:
The new Ghostbusters isn’t as awful as you’re let to believe by the explosion of mass hysteria on social media when it was revealed how this wouldn’t be a sequel but a straight-up remake. Every nerd-fan of the old Ghostbusters (not counting myself this time) balled his fists and threw a hissy fit, even insulting one of the actresses in the process. Things soon became ugly, but luckily the movie was given the benefit of the doubt as it somehow rose above all that negativity. And thank God for that!
The new Ghostbusters movie is much more than an empty egg-headed version of the 1984- and 1990-classic comedies. The casting is quite freshly done, some jokes will have you laugh out loud whilst others only produce the tinniest grin on your face, and the story – though simple in nature – is good enough for you to remain interested.
The ending is an explosion of all things CGI. At times it might even hurt your eyes a bit. It’s like someone blew up a neon-machine and all the colors are flying over the screen, and even in your face!
Is the new Ghostbusters movie entertaining? Yes.
Is it a great movie? Nope!
Expect the worst … and you might laugh a few times …
They should’ve made a sequel and not a remake. Now the new movie will forever battle the original ones, and the original ones are far better!