Ghostbusters | Movie Review
This is the film that has divided audiences since its announcement. The original film has earned a spot in the hearts of 30+ year olds around the world. Four hap hazard dudes trapping ghosts and saving New York from total destruction. It was funny but above all it was a movie about friendship and adventure.
In 2016 the 1986 cult clasic gets a reboot and this time the boys are out and the girls are in. What's the problem with that? Nothing. However if you dared to speak out against the casting you were a woman hater, someone who didn't like film and are basically a shitty person for even suggesting the film was going to be a bad bad idea.
I sat on the fence until the first trailer was release, show me a shit trailer and I'll call it shit, vagina's be damned. If you're stuffing a trailer full of crappy sequences and jokes, then I'm going to call you out on it. Because I lived through the first film and have a penis has nothing to do with it!
So what's the skinny on 2016's offering? We have Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones taking on the roles of the Ghostbusters. Each has their individual quirk. McCarthy's plays the ball busting, follow your dreams loud smart-ass. Wiig is the level-headed "I can't believe this is fucking happening but I'm going to go with it" academic, McKinnon is the crazy loony crack pot scientist who creates the weapons (She dies? It's over really.) and Leslie Jones? Well she's the subway worker who saw something and latches on to the other three with a truly charming but mildly racist vision of how a white person see's a strong, female, black New Yorker. She was amazing, I loved her the most but girl, you gotta talk to those script writers about the portrayal of your character, this isn't SNL in the 90's.
The story is the same old. City under siege by ghosts, no one believes them until it's too late and they have to save the day.
Let's get this out there, there are some laugh out loud jokes in Ghostbusters 2016. The audience laughed time and again BUT this film forgets one valuable thing that all films from the late 80's and 90's delivered in spades. They gave us people, people we could see ourselves in, people who fell into these adventures by chance and had their moment to become heroes. The Goonies, Gremlins, Flight of the Navigator, The Boy Who Could Fly... people like you and me, they became adventurers and more because we could relate to them.
The characters here reel off jokes like they're ticking them off from a joke book, one after the other. Some fall flat and others soar but that was detrimental to any relationships the women may have formed in this first outing.
Ghostbusters has every opportunity of becoming a franchise, people will like it and hopefully those who have decided it's not worth watching will give it a chance. Sure the novelty may wear off after the first 20 minutes but as a reboot works it works, it just needs a lot more love and thought poured into the script. All four are great in their comedic roles, McKinnon did grate with her crazy eyes and "Look at me I'm the crazy one". Remember Pinky from Pinky and the Brain? No? Well yeah... it wasn't award-winning material.
Now on to the men of the piece. There is not one positive male role-model in here. The first guy we meet allegedly shits his pants when confronted with danger, the second guy is an aloof and openly honest old guy. The main male lead is openly stupid and ridiculously sexy, an object for women to faun over and grope. Yes Chris Hemsworth is ridiculously sexy but to get that buff, I'm sure he's had to open a few jars along the way and potentially feed himself. Ghostbusters 2016 shoves the male of the species into a box which when you read the label says "disposable idiots". (Speaking of Hemsworth, he was hilarious throughout, a pleasure to see on screen hamming it up.)
Even the villain of the piece was a neurotic mess, not bright and it's surprising how he got as far as he did without road runner's Wiley Coyote messing up his dastardly plot with a cartoon anvil.
GHOSTBUSTERS is an ok movie, it's nothing special but it is a springboard for future GB stories. We got the original cameos out of the way but much like the take-away gag, the cameos went too far in some spaces.
See I'm off on antoher one. Go see it, don't. The choice is yours as a moviegoer, while there was a gleam of charm at the start, it soon wore off and turned into a mildly polished turd. Ghostbusters has an amazing lead lineup and for once Melissa McCarthy did not rely on body shaming jokes, she's better than that an hopefully she's realised that and can deliver the comedy that's worthy of the talent she has. We've loved her since the Gilmore Girls and we''ll continue to check out what she's up to until she's done. :)