Movie Review – Ghostbusters 2016 (Spoiler free!)


Rexis here!

As promised, I have stepped out into the horrible light of the day star and ultimately plopped myself down in front of some of the biggest theatre screens in the country (because we have those here) despite all of pop-culture telling me not to. When a movie trailer breaks the dislike record on YouTube, I have to see what all the fuss is about. The trailer did suck. On this point, I concede. But how did the movie truly fair? Was it good? Was it funny? Did it live up to the original?

I feel that since this is my third time talking about the film on my Ability Points, I should correct an error I made by claiming this movie to be a sequel. It is NOT a sequel, despite the wording at the beginning of the trailer. This movie makes NO REFERNCE to the events in the previous franchise installments actually happening. This is a reboot. As a matter of fact, you’ll see some familiar cameos playing nothing more than side characters rather than their original GB counterparts.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. If you are a follower of the blog here, you’ll know one of my basic tenants when watching a movie: don’t expect it to be a certain way. This movie was created with the intent of taking a long dead franchise and renewing it for the up and coming generation. If you can’t deal with that, then don’t. No one cares if you’re going to watch a movie, James Rolfe. This movie has been crapped on considerably since its inception and now that I’ve seen it, I can tell you what to truly expect.

This movie… is not bad at all! I paid ten dollars and while I wasn’t laughing out loud, I did find it humorous and well worth the price. In fact, I might even say it was good. Obviously, there are going to be people who say it wasn’t as good as the first one, but come on… Really? Are you that guy? There are plenty of people who would counter that it was better. Of course, its hard to top any movie with Bill Murray in the first place so its not even a fair comparison. Lets drop the comparing act and stick with the facts, ok?

As I said, this was not a side splitting comedy by any means. There are a few different style of humor here sort of associated with each of the women. So you are bound to find one of them funnier than another. This works well because it gives you someone to relate with. Its also detrimental because if you don’t have a funny bone in your body, you might be not appreciate the different nuances of comedy. Its best to sit back and let the movie do its thing. Sometimes you’ll laugh, sometimes you won’t. Sometimes you’ll just think to yourself, Oh I get it! and that’s fine too.

The story itself feels like a Hollywood reboot. I’ve mentioned before about this sort of thing and I won’t dwell on it too much, but a lot of the main points from the original Ghostbusters are hit in the new one. No different than The Force Awakens or any other reboot, really. I don’t know if predictable is the right word to describe it, but you have a sense of what will happen to some degree. This doesn’t take away from the storyline, however, which was all new. I don’t want to spoil it, but I enjoyed it.

Featuring a cast of veteran SNL alum, the acting was on par for a comedy. Timing and delivery were great and I felt like everyone working on the project was legitimately excited to be doing so. Who wouldn’t want to bust a few ghost, amirite? For me, it was Chris Hemsworth that actually stole the movie. If you’ve seen the trailer, you’ll know he plays the ditzy receptionist and I thought he was just fantastic at this role.

Ghostbusters 2016 does not disappoint, however, I recognize this movie isn’t for everyone. If you were a denier/naysayer from the beginning, don’t even bother. You won’t enjoy it simply because you don’t want to. For the rest of us who were open minded, this movie is a reboot well done and I’m looking forward to the next installment of what is undoubtedly a trilogy. And to the theatre savvy, stick around for the stinger after the credits.

There. I won’t have to write about Ghostbusters again for a while.