On The Big Screen Reviews

Ghostbusters (2016) – Review

Reboots and remakes are traditionally quite hated on; their announcements and releases are met with sighs, groans, rants, and shouting. But never in the history of film has a reboot been so widely reviled than the new Ghostbusters movie. Ever since it’s announcement, this female led comedy has suffered so much abuse from fans and moviegoers alike, with it’s first trailer becoming the most disliked in Youtube history. I call it “antici-hated”; so much build up for the film, but almost all of it negative, and it simply can’t be denied that a large portion of it had to do with the fact that this film had a lot of extra vagina than it’s 1984 counterpart. Yes, not everyone who wasn’t excited for this film was sexist, but there were and still are people who are complaining about this film’s cast, while others simply detest the idea of a reboot and have hated what they’ve seen in the admittedly poor trailers. Now it’s finally, is it as bad as people thought it would be?

Not even close.

The film is absolutely great, and that’s largely in part to it’s leading ladies; Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones work wonderfully on screen together. Their chemistry is electric, constantly keeping the film engaging and entertaining. McKinnon however is by far the stand out of the group. She plays Holtsmann, the weird, quirky, and often crazy member of the team, totally dominating the film. McKinnon is weird, wonderful, beautiful, and hilarious and I completely in love with her. The other stand out performance came from Chris Hemsworth, who puts on one of his three recurring roles, the comedic buffoon (The other two roles are Thor and Leading Character in Ron Howard Movies That No One Cares About). Their receptionist Kevin is dumb as hell and often riotous, providing the biggest laughs in the film.

Much like the original film, it has a great sense of wonder and adventure to it; some of it’s larger set pieces are an absolute thrill to watch, and the visuals are fantastic. The ghosts aren’t particularly scary but they are creepy as hell, and it all makes for an exciting film. The cameos and the references to the original are all really well handled, funny with a lot of respect paid and completely enjoyable.

Still, this film isn’t perfect; it definitely could be funnier. There’s definitely a lot of laughs to be had, but there are also a lot of jokes that don’t quite hit the mark and there are even large portions of the film where the humour doesn’t work. Even Kevin, one of the funniest characters in the film, has a few moments that feel like overkill. What doesn’t help is that at times, the film is awkwardly edited, and certain jokes feel like they get cut off to early, or a scene moves to another in a very rough fashion. And finally, the film’s primary villain isn’t overly engaging or scary, but hey, at least he’s not Vigo from Ghostbusters 2.

There are people who have given this film one star reviews before even seeing it, because they’re so desperate to hate it and so desperate not to let the “feminazis” and “SJWs” win, and refuse to accept that this film could possibly be good. It’s all a matter of opinion, but frankly, you don’t get one if you don’t give the film the time of day. This film could’ve been completely terrible; it could’ve shit all over the original like other reboots have, and been entirely unbearable. Instead, it was a funny, exciting, visually pleasing adventure that was an absolute blast from start to finish. And before you ask, no, I haven’t been paid for this review, and neither has anybody else. You don’t get to undermine the opinions of people who actually went to the effort of seeing it cause you’re so desperate to hate it. Sorry, but I ain’t afraid of no trolls. This film is great, and it definitely deserves your attention.


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