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Ghostbusters (2016) Review

Back in March when the first trailer of this film was released every Ghostbusters fan went to the internet and went to comment section and tore that shit up. I was in school, and in class me and the rest of the class all watched the trailer as one. 30 teenagers and one grown man watched the trailer and nobody laughed. Nobody was impressed. Everyone nearly just groaned. Myself being open to anything, gave this film the benefit of the doubt of this being a good reboot at least tolerable. I just thought the trailers were fucking shitty. Apparently everyone to seem to have the problem being the Ghostbusters being all women. Me on the hand was totally up for it and thought this would be a lot of fun despite it being Ghostbusters. After seeing this tonight, YOU FANBOYS HAD THE RIGHT TO TEAR THIS SHIT UP BECAUSE I’M ABOUT TO DO THE SAME! 

Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) and Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) are a pair of unheralded authors who write a book positing that ghosts are real. A few years later, Gilbert lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia University, but her book resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia. When ghosts invade Manhattan, Gilbert reunites with Yates, teaming up with a nuclear engineer, Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), and a subway worker, Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones), to save the world from a mysterious evil and powerful demon known as Rowan (Neil Casey) who can exercise control over human forms.

 I’m going to take my prejudice aside and be honest. With this Ghostbusters film, there are some legit jump scares. It does remind you that ghosts are supposed to be scary and some moments have you jump out of your seat. Yeah they’re cheap jump scares but they’re there.

The effects in the film is really good. The visuals make sure that the ghosts look real and for the most part it looks realistic. There is detailing in the effects and the animation that you can see where most of the $154 million dollar budget went to. Even with the final act, the effects come into play its rather impressive.

And the last thing I’m going to credit is believe it or not a cast member and that is Kate McKinnon. With McKinnon not only they make her a true badass, but with every and I mean EVERY scene she’s in, she will make you laugh. The only and truly biggest laughs I got from this movie was jokes and gags from her. Its as if all of her quirky characters from SNL was blended into one person and it created the perfect Kate McKinnon. Even when the screenplay doesn’t have anything for her to do, she has a way of delivering a joke with perfect timing. I’m not gonna lie she’s the only thing I love about this movie. 

The villain himself played by Neil Casey isn’t introduced until 30 minutes into the film and he’s weak first time appearing, but as the film goes on he becomes unique as a character by the end his inspiration for his scheme is more deeper than you think.

Other than those positive things, this was the first time in a long time, walking out of a movie pissed off of my fucking mind. I have never been so betrayed watching a movie since, Fifty Shades of Black. I’m sorry but this film is the most disrespectful reboot to a franchise I’ve ever seen. This is as big of a middle finger to its source material as much the Jem and the Holograms film was to theirs. Let me explain to you why this movie is horrible.

First of all this film lacks chemistry. With the original cast from Murray to Ramis, to Ackroyd and Hudson you got the sense of their bond for they were all friends. In this you don’t really get chemistry or a bond they’re all just there and have to work together. There is not even much teamwork until the last 15 minutes because you know third act. There aren’t any characters with the new Ghostbusters at all. 

Besides Kristen Wiig who has a bit of character for she is the only one with a backstory, every character in this film is a complete buffoon. Leslie Jones, I love Leslie Jones so much off SNL and the first time I saw her which was in Chris Rock’s Top Five. She always manage to make me laugh and laugh hard. IN HERE she’s not funny. The script only makes her the black woman stereotype who is only 3 notches away of turning into Medea. Kristen Wiig is being the awkward Kristen Wiig which we’ve seen in Bridesmaids but isn’t given a drink to make her funny like she did in Bridesmaids. God bless Melissa McCarthy who is so talented, but is always given some of the worst gags in this. There are gags with McCarthy joking about HEY I’M FAT! I LOVE FOOD! LOOK AT ME FLY AND FALL I’M FAT! WHICH I THOUGHT WE GOT RID OF IN SPY!  

THIS IS FROM PAUL FEIG THE DIRECTOR OF SPY AND BRIDESMAIDS! He managed to get McCarthy nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe. And now he’s doing his same ad-libbed humor in this movie and its really unfunny. There are slithers of hilarity in this film and those moments are golden. But for the most part this film is not funny. This would’ve been a much better film if it didn’t had the Ghostbusters title slapped onto it.

Even all of the males in this film is either a dumbass or an asshole. They’re either saying offensive things to our leads or dismissing them or just being as stupid as Patrick Star minus the charm. Like Chris Hemsworth, I couldn’t stand at all. He wasn’t just dumb but dumb in the way you aren’t surprised he isn’t classified as mentally challenged. He was just getting on my nerves and by the end you might as well say “man fuck this guy,” go get a new and better receptionist.

The director and cast seemed to know what they were doing, but the crew behind this movie had no clue. This is more of a studio film than a Paul Feig film as David Yates’ Tarzan film was a studio film than a Tarzan film. The editing in this film is fucking atrocious. This is a 2 hour movie and the film is incoherently chopped and sliced together like a chef who just learned how to cook yesterday and says “okay I’m a professional cook now.” Its hard to tell what’s going on in the story. And it manages to both cut a funny joke halfway and extend a bad joke to nearly three minutes into the movie.

If you are a true dear Ghostbusters fan, I pity you so much. This film is a huge and heartbreaking punch to your gut. Yes the original cast except the late Harold Ramis all make a cameo in this film and if they weren’t the most forced in cameos I’ve ever seen in a film ever. With each cameo, a spirit of the original franchise just dies and turns into a ghost. Reboots, most specifically Star Wars: The Force Awakens when they kill off Han Solo, his death was taken in vain and was emotionally moving. In this they kill off Bill Murray who plays a ghost debunker only to play for laughs. If that wasn’t disrespectful, the third act, the big and final boss is the film’s fucking logo. I find it disrespectful because they take an iconic logo for a franchise to make it the biggest set piece battle for the film. You don’t see Jurassic World taking its skeleton logo and making it to the final battle. It is both lazy and pathetic. Granted the effects are good, but the idea is just horrible.

The film even manages to make a statement about the mean youtube comments the film received as a way to show how everyone are assholes. Some may say that’s pathetic but I rather think its clever to benefit the story, but at the same time a big finger to the fans who said something about the franchise they loved.

 Though there are shining moments for Kate McKinnon and some decent effects but this new reboot of Ghostbusters cares too little to please their fans for it gives a half assed attempt to reboot something that didn’t needed to be rebooted to begin with.

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