I’ve never seen such controversy for a movie in my life. There are so many people out there who have been pre-hating this since it was announced, and are still sticking by their hatred without giving this a chance at all. I was actually moderately excited for it, but must admit that with every piece of marketing ‘Ghostbusters’ put out, I got less and less excited.
So finally, I got to see it for myself and…
I liked it a lot! It’s definitely way better than the trailers made it seem, which I kind of expected honestly. I’ve noticed that in general, it’s pretty difficult to craft a good trailer for a comedy. So much of the humor in this movie only works because of its context. When taken out, the jokes wouldn’t work.
Thankfully, that’s all I was really looking for in this movie. “Was it funny”?
It absolutely was. The humor in this is nearly as good as it is in the original movie, and I actually think I laughed more with this than I did with ‘Ghostbusters II’. If you’re a fan of Paul Feig’s movies, or even the episodes of ‘The Office’ that he’s directed, you’ll get a lot of good laughs with this.
This movie does have one major issue though. Much of the disappointment I had with this was already present before sitting down in the theater, even though I’ve tried very hard to come to terms with this issue.
I’ve wanted a ‘Ghostbusters 3’ my whole life, and when this movie was announced, I was very sad to learn that it was a reboot, and not a continuation of the original two movies. It’s worked so well, even recently with movies like ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, ‘Jurassic World’, and ‘The Force Awakens’. All of these being reboots but with loose connections to what came before.
I still must stand by that this is the films’ biggest flaw. The movie doesn’t go 15 minutes without making a reference, or showing a cameo from the original movie. These references and cameos were funny, but it was distracting due to what they could have been. Why make constant references, and why bring back nearly every surviving cast member, and NOT allow them to be the same characters they were before??? It couldn’t have been that difficult.
HOWEVER! What we got overall was still very good. Kate McKinnon and Chris Hemsworth absolutely stole the show, and were easily the funniest parts of this. Even Leslie Jones, (who I predicted would be a very annoying character) ended up being terrific. The overall dynamic and chemistry between these leading ladies was fantastic. And I honestly don’t think they could have done a better job matching these dynamics to that of the original cast than what was done here. If this went south, the movie would have sucked completely.
The original will always be the best, but again- the original being totally separate from this is part of the only reason I give this real criticism at all. The movie constantly tries to remind the viewer that this is based off of a classic that will be loved for generations. It felt very off-putting that they were trying to both distance itself from the original, yet always try and refer to it. If it was a sequel, this wouldn’t have been a problem.
But if you pretend that this is just some weird- parallel dimension sequel that takes place in an alternate reality where the original Ghostbusters live different lives and ghosts didn’t begin to make their occurrence until 2016, this movie works way better. And hey, that’s not too far fetched when Ray Stantz brings up parallel dimensions to Gozer in the original film. That’s just my franchise OCD talking though, and my overall disappointment that a third movie was never made with the original cast.
With all of that said though, this is actually a very good Ghostbusters movie that can be watched right alongside the original two films…even if they aren’t really connected.
It definitely had the right feel when it came to the horror/comedy elements. This- mixed with the great cast, and very funny moments made this reboot at least better than ‘Ghostbusters II’, and a worthy entry to the Ghostbusters franchise.