Ghostbusters Review

This was the movie that I had been waiting to see since it came out over the summer. While I used to go to the movies at least once a week, going to the movies now is super expensive and if I just wait a couple of months I can actually watch the movie at my house, in my PJ’s, and pay a hell of a lot less. I made the decision that even though I really wanted to see this movie that I would wait. Keep reading to see if the movie lived up to my high expectations or like the past few weeks of movies just didn’t do anything at all for me.

Ghostbusters tells the story of scientists who also happen to be paranormal enthusiasts Abby Yates, Melissa McCarthy, and Erin Gilbert, Kristin Wiig. Friends since childhood, they separated after writing a book together and Abby continued to study the paranormal and Erin went on to become a professor at Columbia University. Strange sightings and events bring them back together along with Abby’s new assistant Jillian Holtzmann, Kate McKinnon, and tag along Patty Tolan, Leslie Jones, to form the Ghostbusters. Someone is trying to unleash an other worldly threat in order to gain the ultimate power and it’s up to these four ladies to stop them.

As someone who watched the original films growing up, I’m not always a fan of remakes. I usually don’t like them or don’t like that they took my original movie going experience and ruined it with something new. One of the reasons I was excited to see this movie though was because it had a cast of extremely funny women and because it was supposed to be completely different from the original movies and just carry the same name. Unfortunately this movie was not all that funny and while it did separate from the original movies, the plot wasn’t all that great. There were some laughs to be had during this movie, but they were few and far in-between and some even felt forced. Like something was supposed to be funny, but it really wasn’t all that funny and it basically got a pity laugh. Pity laughs are the worst. I hate to say it but when the movie finally ended I was completely relieved and happy that it was over.

I don’t know if this movie suffered from just poor writing or what, but these four extremely funny ladies could not carry this movie and make it as funny as it should have been. I feel like individually each of these women shine in the movies that they play in or the roles they take on, but together it just didn’t work. I don’t think it was from lack of chemistry between the actresses, but the end result just wasn’t a good one and this was not a good role for any of these women. Even the special guest appearances by the original Ghostbusters crew just fell a little flat as they were there just to be there.

Overall I give this movie a 2.5 out of 5.

Needless to say I was extremely disappointed by this movie. I had such high hopes for it and was extremely excited about who was in it, but it just failed in so many places. I will say that I’m glad that I didn’t waste my money and see this one in the movie theater and I can’t even recommend this movie to anyone. If you’re a Ghostbusters fan, I would suggest re-watching the original movies to get your Ghostbusters fix and pretend that this one never even existed.

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2 Comments

  1. I think you summed it up – on paper this was can’t miss scenario, but on screen it just didn’t come together. Definitely one of the weaker outings for all involved. Maybe Rose Byrne is the linchpin that holds the Feig comedies together?

    • I never thought of that but you might be right about Rose Byrne. I don’t know if she could have replaced one of the Ghostbusters because I couldn’t see her taking on one of those roles, but she might have made for a better villain if anything.

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