Ghostbusters (2016) Review, or I Ain’t Afraid of No Reboot

Ghostbusters (2016) Review, or I Ain’t Afraid of No Reboot

October 11, 2016 3:00 pm 0 comments



Today the DVD and Blu-ray for the 2016 version of Ghostbusters was released.  I was concerned about how I’d like the movie since I loved the originals so much that I still quote them daily.  In fact I was so concerned that I completely skipped seeing it in theaters and waited for the DVD release.  I can say now that a number of my fears were unfounded and it was worth watching, but I still had some issues with the movie.

I’m a fan of Melissa McCarthy and her portrayal of Abby Yates did not disappoint.  Rounding out the team were Kristen Wiig as Erin Gilbert, Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan and Kate McKinnon as Jillian Holtzman.  Thor  Chris Hemsworth starred as Kevin, who was this movie’s Janine except dumber … he was as sharp as a sack of wet mice.  All of the surviving core cast of the original movies had cameos, with the exception of Rick Moranis.

The team dynamic was definitely different from the original movies.  In 2016’s version, each of the comics let their comedy style shine forth through their characters.  This is in stark contrast to Dan Aykroyd’s understated portrayal of Ray Stanz, not to mention the deadpan delivery of Harold Ramis as Egon Spengler.  Ernie Hudson was the everyman thrown into the middle of some crazy circumstances.  The original cast allowed Bill Murray to go directly for the laughs.  The nerdy straight-man demeanor of both Ray and Egon, and the reactions of layman Winston were humorous enough.  With this new team, everyone’s using their comedic gifts, so it feels like everyone’s trying to be Venkman.  That being said, Kate McKinnon’s “Holtz” was fantastic and stole many a scene.  The rekindled friendship of McCarthy’s Abby and Wiig’s Erin is a nice touch.  Patty is a force of nature and Kevin’s utter stupidity is breathtaking.  All in all, the new cast works well together even if it’s not quite the same.tobins

Along with the cameos there were several nods to the original movies that fans will love such as a firehouse, the Staypuft Marshmallow Man and of course Slimer.   Missing in action were Tobin’s Spirit Guide, crossing the streams, a love interest (or stalker bait, tomato tomAHto) and of course a Louis Tully type character.

One major annoyance was the over-use of blue light.  I understand that Paul Feig and company were trying to show us paranormal energies, but I felt like I was watching a Joel Schumacher film and was expecting bat-nipples to show up on screen.  There’s also a demon that’s reminiscent of the original live-action Scooby movie, but that’s no comparison that the special effects team should be aiming for.

The final battle seemed a bit rushed and perhaps a tad “Broadway”, but there was a nice twist for the heroes’ solution to the end-of-the-world problem they were faced with.  If one disregards the previous Ghostbuster films, this wasn’t a bad movie.  If only there wasn’t so much blue glow everywhere.  I recommend watching it, and I strongly recommend watching the Easter eggs.  I’ll give it 2.5 out of 5 stars.


recallbutton  By: Recall, vintage entertainment enthusiast

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