Ghostbusters (2016) is probably going to go down as the most hated films of my generation. From announcing an all female cast to bad marketing, “fans” were tearing this apart from the beginning without giving it a chance. There was an unnecessary uproar and many people believed it would ruin their “childhood”, making this reboot somehow an abomination to the franchise. Even when the film started to gain positive reviews from well respected critics, the unnecessary hate continued to get worse. See I’m not the biggest fan of the Ghostbusters franchise, I do believe it’s a good film and it’s a classic, but after watching Ghostbusters 2, and you still think this franchise is untouchable and too timelessly for remakes or re-imaginings, I can’t agree with you there. The film is directed by Paul Feig, one of the better directors of comedy right now, and it stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie jones, Kate McKinnon, and Chris Hemsworth. After years of not exploring the paranormal, Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) is a professor at Columbia University, where one day, her book is discovered and she gets kicked out of the academy. Because of a recent ghost finding at a haunted hotel, her interest in ghost as peaked once again, letting her reunite with her former partner Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), Jillian Hotlzmann (Kate McKinnon), And Patty Tolan (Lesile Jones). Ghosts start to invade New York once again and it’s up to the new Ghostbusters to save the day.
One of the best things for me when they announced the reboot, was the cast. The cast is an ensemble of some of the funniest comedians working today and they had some great chemistry together. Together, they were smart, tough, and hilarious. Even Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, was hilarious. The jokes were spot on even when the jokes started to fizzle out by the third act. The story flows together and visually, it is some of the best of the year. The ghost look actually scary and they were unique in their own paranormal way. The cameos were pretty good besides Bill Murray’s, which felt a bit forced.
I did have a few problems with the film. Everything was going great until the third act. The third act wasn’t bad but the story does fall apart and it drags on a bit, even some moments where the story was dull. The villain, Rowan, had a very clique motivation, and was very tedious until he took over Chris Hemsworth’s body. I also felt like most of the male characters were either jerks or stupid. Characters like Kevin, even when he was hilarious, he was an idiot. The dean of the school was a complete jerk to the women, throwing them the bird from left to right. Hell, the mayor was a jerk to them even after saving the people from the hard metal concert. I believe these characters will just add fuel to a burning fire for the people that are against this film and it will just give them more excuses to hate on this film.
Other than these set of problems I had with the film, I believe that we finally have a reboot where it respects the original source material but it also can stand on it’s own two feet. Remember to go into this film with an open mind and forget about the naysayers. SuperSam Rating: 7/10.