Ghostbusters Movie Review
Ghostbusters (2016) Trailer
Let's be frank, the idea about filming a female version of Ghostbusters may not have been the best decision at the time, but neither was the original. Over the last few months, many have speculated that a gender-bent version of this film will be a total disaster. I, as an amateur film critique, lover of sci-fi, and feminist both agree and disagree on this opinion.
Let's agree on the fact that the sex and gender of the characters should not affect the overall presentation and rating of Ghostbusters. It shouldn't matter what sex the heroes are. At the end of the day, if the heroes/heroines can make me laugh then its all good. Besides, I don't think that you need to be very manly to handle a supernatural vacuum cleaner.
Leaving the politics aside, the new Ghostbusters still suffer from the same fault its predecessor did, which is plot. Don't get me wrong, the original Ghostbusters deserves its title for being one of the most beloved sci-fi classics of the 1980s. It goes up their with Back to the Future, E.T., and Gremlins, but at the end of the day the main reason Ghostbusters, and many other sci-fi 80s films, has become memorialized in today's pop-cultured society is because of its easy-going, but heroic characters and crazy-fun plot.
Please note that I said crazy-fun, and not award winning.
That in mind, I'm going to give Ghostbusters (2016) a 3.5/5. It could have been a 4/5, if it didn't ***k up the ending. Oh, and I noticed that you deleted that police dance scene. Good call, because we all know that would have totally killed your ratings. Since we are already on the topic of cut scenes, I wholeheartly agree that you should have deleted that Peter Pan scene. It was just weird, and unnecessary.
Getting back to the matter in hand, while many like to hold the original to a higher standard, in reality the 1984 version receive a very similar review to its successor. The plot and science behind the 1984 Ghostbusters was deemed to odd to the adult audience. A movie, they thought, would be forgotten over time.
Like my younger sister like to say, "Boy, you got that wrong!".
I don't think anyone could have expected how far this movie would impact society and later generations.
Like always, let's break down the new Ghostbusters.
While the plot does follow the traditional BME, it still lacks depth. Many of characters while they excel at providing witty commentary, they complete forgo the main reason why they met. Let's be honest, if you have to go into a portal to save your ex-partner from a supernatural dimension to prove that your friendship has been rebuilt then you should have made this a forty-five minute special, and not a two hour debacle.
Besides this obvious plot-hole, the new Ghostbusters' story ark provides a barely noticeable scenes transitions. In other words, it flows, which, oddly enough, not many films can do well without providing out-of-nowhere music. Don't believe me? Then, my friend, you should watch Jenny's Wedding.
I feel like I can type for the next two years about these characters.These ladies are both vastly unique, but also slightly resembles their male counterpart's personality. I am very glad that they didn't take this film in a total different direction and cast a group of super beautiful actress. It just would not be realistic considering the cast of the 1984 Ghostbusters.
Anyway, while there are many scenes that make each character shine in their own way, there is only two characters in the film that makes you reiterate their lines with glee. These lovely characters are Patty Tolan (played by Leslie Jones), and Kevin (played by Chris Hemsworth). These two characters are the main reason why I enjoyed this film so much. Without the great chemistry between them and the rest of the characters, this movie would have been a complete dud.
Oh, and let's point out that Chris Hemsworth's character was only there to not only ensure that the secretary parallel is met from the original film, but to show the audience that if you are going to cast a beautiful, but oblivious woman then they can cast a handsome, but stupid man. Let's also appreciate the fact that many of the original actors also have a cameo throughout the film. Hat's off to you.
Go see it with your kids and teach them about the 80's, or go see it with some buddies and relive your childhood.
Forget about gender-roles and politics, and just enjoy the fact that there is a giant evil marshmallow in the city.
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