The New Ghostbusters Movie May be the Best Reboot of All Time
Directed by: Paul Feig
Written by: Katie Dippold and Paul Feig
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, and Neil Casey
Stinger After Credits: Yes
Run Time: 1 hour 56 minutes
Going into the screening for Ghostbusters (2016) I tried to keep an open mind. It was actually pretty easy for me despite being one of the biggest fans of the original Ghostbusters (1984) you may ever meet. It may help that I think writer Katie Dippold (The Heat, MadTV, Parks and Recreation) is a comedic genius, and very underrated writer. It also helps that I recognize that there have been talks about female Ghostbusters for years now and it has never bothered me.
Being objective is important when reviewing a movie. I had to remind myself that more than ever going into this. The original Ghostbusters (1984) may have been made for me and my demographic, but I understood that I might not be the intended demographic for this film. Even if I couldn’t relate to it, it doesn’t necessarily make it a bad movie. It turned out I had nothing to worry about. You can enjoy this film if you’re a manly man, a girly girl, a child, an adult and all things in-between. You just need to have a sense of humor, and a beating heart.
Ghostbusters (2016) was funnier and spookier than the original. Ok, I admit that statement is a bit misleading, and comes with caveats. This movie is packed with far more jokes and scares than the original. The jokes were less subtle, and not quite as smart but still funny. I laughed a lot more then I ever did during the original, mostly thanks to Leslie Jones. Being “the funny one” in a comedy filled with some of the most talented comedians in the business is no easy feat. The spooky scenes were also more abundant in this movie compared to the original. Most of these scares were done with CGI unfortunately, and while the CGI wasn’t all bad, the ghost and ghouls themselves just weren’t as scary to me as in the original.
As far as overall entertainment value goes I can’t honestly say I enjoyed this movie more than the original Ghostbusters. Neither movie is perfect, but the original has a whole nostalgia factor that pushes it over the top for me. That could change overtime, but for now the original reigns supreme. I mean…it was nuanced, and so incredibly thought out by Dan Akroyd I still discover new thing about the movie all the time. The new Ghostbusters isn’t as smart, but I will say it has a lot more action that we didn’t see in the original. Kate McKinnon’s Holtzman character is a certified badass. She really steals the show, so much so that when her name popped up in the credits everyone in the crowd cheered. I also have to mention the 3D element to this film. Not only does it add to the entertainment value, it is the best use of 3D I’ve seen to date!
I fully expected this movie to pay homage to the first, and it certainly does. There are little nods that the true fans picked up, there were more obvious nods that everyone picked up, and there are nods I’m sure I won’t notice until I see it again. Was the pandering super obvious? Not really, at least not to the point it bugged me at all. This is not a remake, let me make that clear! This movie exists in a different universe than the original movies/cartoons/comics. Which makes it hard to actually compare the two.
You can tell this movie suffered from some extensive editing. I pray to Gozer we see a directors cut of this film come home video time. I’ve heard rumors the first cut of the film was over four hours long. They could have easily cut out the awful Ozzy Osbourne cameo so we could have kept a scene that made the climax slightly more cohesive.
I can’t emphasize enough my opinion that you need to go see this movie in theaters. I will be bringing my family to see it this weekend. I want the sequel they allude to to be made. I want all the people bad mouthing it online just because the main characters are females to eat their words. I really, really want my daughter to have more movies like this growing up so I never have to hear “I can’t be a Ghostbuster, I’m just a little girl” from her ever again.