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Ghostbusters: Movie Review (Cinema Savvy)

July 18,2016 10:11

The trailer for the Ghostbusters reboot quickly became the most disliked trailer in the history of YouTube. But is the movie really that bad? The original Ghostbusters came out in 1984, it's sequel in 1989. Unlike recent blockbuster hits that reboot ...



The trailer for the Ghostbusters reboot quickly became the most disliked trailer in the history of YouTube. But is the movie really that bad?
The original Ghostbusters came out in 1984, it’s sequel in 1989. Unlike recent blockbuster hits that reboot the series while acknowledging the events of it’s predecessors like Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this reboot decides to start from scratch. So in this universe, ghosts have never been in New York and it’s up to a new team of Ghostbusters to save the city. Let’s take a look.
SNL alums Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon join Melissa McCarthy as the Ghostbusters. Comprised of two paranormal obsessed authors, a nuclear engineer, and a subway worker, the team hopes to stop an otherworldly threat when someone creates a paranormal enhancement device, wreaking havoc throughout New York City.
The movie is directed by Paul Feig, whose previous efforts include Bridesmaids, The Heat, and Spy; all of which are very entertaining, funny films, which is what disappoints me most about this film, it’s just not very funny. With a director and cast this talented, I expected a better film.
The writing feels a bit lazy, the shoehorned cameos feel uninspired, and the villain seems really generic. The effects get updated, but it’s in the typical big-budget CGI manor. Chris Hemsworth adds a bit of fun as the team’s dimwitted receptionist. And really it’s the cast that’s the best part of this movie. While their characters are underwritten, these ladies have undeniable chemistry and each have moments that prove how funny they can be. Sadly those moments are few and far between.
That being said this is nowhere near the trainwreck some people are making it out to be. While it’s not even close to being as good as the original film, as a movie on it’s own, it does have moments that are visually inventive, and the actresses are clearly having a good time and they’re fun to watch. I just wish the movie they were in was better. I give Ghostbusters a C.
We’re over halfway through 2016 so far and it has not been a great year for movies. But there’s plenty to still be excited for later this year. Coming out this week, Star Trek: Beyond, as well as the fifth Ice Age film, and the horror flick Lights Out.

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