Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters 2016
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Ghostbusters – No ghosts to be afraid of here

So we’re all supposed to like this one. Ghostbusters remade, with an all-female cast. Finally some strong female roles. A major summer release with women leading the charge. If that’s what t takes to make a good movie, then Ghostbusters is excellent.

Unfortunately, making a good movie is a heck of a lot harder than just putting together a socially progressive cast and rebooting a beloved franchise. How about some decent writing, a story that makes sense, some jokes that are funny and maybe some special effects that look even a little passable.

Ghostbusters 2016

Thirty minutes into this film my wife wanted to go home, and it didn’t get any better. There’s nothing wrong with the cast – Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are our four Ghostbusters. Chris Hemsworth does all he can as their bimbo receptionist. They just have no characters to really develop, and the story never really goes anywhere.

I know it’s meant to be a comedy, but a little tension would have helped. Some threat from the ghosts might have made us care about how the Ghostbusters went about their mission. Instead, there’s no real threat, so when the action starts to kick off, it’s really hard to care.

Anyone under 12 years old will love the special effects and Chris Hemsworth’s silliness. Anyone over 12 is going to be bored and frustrated with a story and characters for which they care nothing about.

A couple of positives. Some of the shout outs to the original are really well done. The cameos by original cast members Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver are a little wasted, but Dan Ackroyd’s is well done and Ernie Hudson’s was a nice touch. A coupleof jokes were funny – not hilarious, but brought a wry smile. Unfortunately when you follow up by explaining the joke it throws it a little flat, and occasionally lines of dialogue were just taken too far and became boring.

A major disappointment for fans of the original, and not much to draw in a new generation of fans.

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