Stars: 2 out of 5
Yep! Paul Feig’s female-lead reboot of the classic 80’s comedy ‘Ghostbusters’ is bad, but when we actually see the ghosts attack the streets of New York, it becomes one wild, adrenaline-pumping ride. As much as the reboot was not going to be as great as the original, I was actually looking forward to it, being the ‘Ghostbusters’ lover I call myself. After seeing this movie, I thought to myself on the walk home that maybe Dan Aykroyd was just so desperate to get ‘Ghostbusters III’ out of development hell, but decided to make role models for little girls who want to put on the proton packs themselves and be actual Ghostbusters.
I’m not criticizing this film for making these role models, since it inspires hopes and dreams; to be honest, I actually like the cast (which includes Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones) and think they have so much fun with this movie despite having one of the worst scripts in history. The movie instead just likes to waste its time with sex/fart jokes, and moments of these charming ladies dancing to El Debarge and DMX. Not much is going for the new ‘Ghostbusters’. I admit that I chuckled at almost all the jokes and realize the comedic energy that McCarthy, Jones, and McKinnon seem to have (Wiig feels and acts like the straight gal here).
This ‘Ghostbusters’ movie feels terrible, but it’s not exactly so. The ghosts and the climax prove to be the best parts of the movie (Slimer especially makes a cameo which actually made me excited) with somewhat impressive visual effects that put ‘Jurassic World’ to shame, and there are moments that save it from being a terrible movie. It has potential of trying to be its own movie by trying to improve certain iconic elements that made the original film a classic. Speaking of elements, most of the original cast (excluding Rick Moranis, who retired from acting years ago, and Ramis who tragically passed away in 2014) show up once in a while to make random cameo appearances which the film tries to tease, but you can figure out from a moment away.
One of the newest additions in the cast is Chris Hemsworth as Kevin, the Ghostbusters’ dumb-ass receptionist who can’t figure out anything (and is one of the reasons for said “terrible script”). There were times I couldn’t stand him for how poorly his moments were written, but he has his moments and the way Hemsworth portrays him during the film’s major climax was well-done. The main villain, however, was underwhelming as a character with no method to his madness. In conclusion, while this ‘Ghostbusters’ seems to be a breath of fresh air, it’s just best to leave the original film alone.