During the lead-up for this movie it seemed to split everyone who cared into one of two camps; you hate the idea or you love it. What many failed to consider was a third option where people like myself waited patiently and knew the movie might be good, it might be bad, it might even be a mix of the two but hating it before seeing it is a waste of energy and does nothing more than make you look silly. Anyway…
If you watch this in comparison with the original then you will be disappointed. You’ve basically already made up your mind whether you realize it or not. Approach this film as if it’s the first ever Ghostbusters. I know I know, blasphemy right? How could I say such a thing?! If you don’t, this movie doesn’t stand a chance. I sat in the theater with the mindset that if it was good, good. If it was bad, oh well, the original still exists. And what did you think of it Chase? (Get to the point, right?!)
I liked it. I will however never watch it again. A bit contradictory but there it is. The cast works well together with mostly SNL alumni and Melissa McCarthy who has hosted SNL multiple times so I guess that’s something in the realm of being part of the gang. Speaking of McCarthy, I will do my most best(est) to avoid any negative biased thoughts I have of her, of which I have many. Seriously, real quick, I can’t stand her. She is the same character in every film she does; and it’s not an amusing one either. But much to my surprise she isn’t terrible in this. My theory is she works best when she isn’t expected to carry the entire comedic load. Alongside the one-trick pony (last jab, I promise) is the Target Lady herself, Kristen Wiig, my favorite lady SNL comedian, Kate McKinnon, and relationship expert, Leslie Jones. Together they manage some seriously funny moments as the new faces of a long-standing, long-stagnant franchise.
For the first two acts of this film, the pacing and comedic timing all work well; even if a large amount of the humor is on par with third grade recess. If I could recommend a film based on this alone I would but then I would be neglecting the fact that the third act has yet to rear its ugly little head. I need to make this clear, this movie, at any point, is not terrible. However the third act is the moment (sort of) all the haters were waiting for as the film just falls apart. Visually speaking it’s passable with decent, sometimes sub-par CGI effects. Storywise it’s a trainwreck as really any semblance of a storyline seems to dissipate. It becomes CGI vomit and honestly that’s not the kind of substance I was looking for.
Does this movie suffer from an all-female led cast? No. These are funny ladies doing the best they can with what little they’ve been given. This all said I would like to bring up a small gripe (ah shit here we go…). It’s as if anyone who expressed any kind of negativity about this film was automatically a sexist. Nevermind everyone’s nostalgia being stepped on without regard, nope, you’re sexist. The all-female-ness hurt nothing, that said, with all the attention on making sure we aren’t hating something because of what’s between the cast’s legs, someone failed to give any male character in this film a chance to avoid being one of the following three things: A coward, an asshole, or an idiot. Should men be offended about this? Just a thought. And by the way, no they shouldn’t be offended, just a bit hypocritical in my opinion. I digress… (Don’t take any of these JOKES seriously please, I’m an idiot.)
I would say the best aspect of this reboot is the effort to stand on its own even when it falters from time to time. The effort is a valiant one if not a bit misguided as the target is missed almost completely. In the end I’ll say this: To the people hating it, give it a chance, if only to say you told everyone. To those unsure, give it a chance and you might be surprised, you might be angry, you might be hungry… I’m hungry. See the movie, it’s passable if nothing else. This is the kind of movie where you really have to decide for yourself. I laughed moderately but some were downright cackling. It depends on the individual. I had a good time with it but I had my fill of silly Ghostbusters, for the time being at least. Now, Chicken Teriyaki time!
Rated PG-13 For: supernatural action and some crude humor
Runtime: 116 minutes
Genre: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
After Credits Scene: Yes
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth
Directed By: Paul Feig
Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 2.5/ Acting: 3/ Directing: 3/ Visuals: 3.5
OVERALL: 3 Nerdskulls
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