Thursday, July 14, 2016



From IMDB:


Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.

59 Metascore From
Reviews 121 user | 88 critic


Ghostbusters makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today--Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. This summer, they're here to save the world!

Rating: PG13 (for supernatural action and some crude humor)
Genre: Action & Adventure , Comedy , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: Paul Feig
In Theaters: Jul 15, 2016 wide
Runtime: 105 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 111
Fresh: 83
Rotten: 28

Critics Consensus: Ghostbusters does an impressive job of standing on its own as a freewheeling, marvelously cast supernatural comedy -- even if it can't help but pale somewhat in comparison with the classic original.

WANT TO SEE 89% want to see
User Ratings: 72,141


Much like the original the first ghost is a from the same era. ©Columbia Pictures

The hardest thing to do while watching this movie is to remember it's a reboot and has nothing to do with the originals...

So back in the 80's Dan Aykroyd a Saturday Night Live alumni and the man who played Elwood Blues in the cult favorite Blues Brothers (1980) had an idea for a movie based after reading an article about quantum physics and parapsychology in the American Society of Psychical Research Journal and then watching movies like Ghost Chasers. He had originally written it for himself and John Belushi his co-star in the Blues Brothers. His initial script for it looked nothing like what we eventually saw in the cinemas, the ghostbusters in the first draft dressed more like G.I. Joe and instead of proton packs they wielded wands. Also they fought giant ghosts in the past, the future and alternate realities and dimensions. Now imagine that instead of what we eventually fell in love with and I doubt we'd be here today watching a reboot of a beloved franchise. 

And she sort of almost looks like her too. ©Columbia Pictures

The version we eventually ended up with only happened after Aykroyd brought his script to Ivan Reitman who trimmed it down and put some focus on it. Aykroyd's original choice for a cast was also completely different from what we eventually got to see in the end. Aykroyd originally wanted not only John Belushi in the film with him but also Eddie Murphy and John Candy not Bill Murray and Harold Ramis. Also Gozer the big bad demon that unleashes all the ghost and the Stay Puft Marshmallow man was supposed to be an unremarkable man in a suit named Ivo Shandor played by Paul Reubens who's famous for playing Pee-Wee Herman, not the hot looking demon-lady. So yeah, if it wasn't for Ivan Reitman we'd be remembering a completely different movie or not remembering it at all. 

And these ladies want to know everything about her and the men she's dated. ©Columbia Pictures

Anyway, the movie was such a hit that it resulted in a sequel 5 years later creatively titled Ghostbusters II (1989) which reunited all of the original cast. A third sequel was supposed to have been made but faced so much difficulty just in the script face and trying to get Bill Murray to commit to return that eventually instead of becoming a sequel they decided on making it a reboot instead. So now after almost 30 years it's finally hit the screen. 

So Thor likes to past his time on earth as Kevin the wannabe actor cum receptionist who's also incredibly stupid. Better that Superman's disguise that's for sure. ©Columbia Pictures

The reboot stars Kristen Wiig as Erin Gilbert a woman trying to get tenure at Columbia University but has her chances to get it severely reduced when her childhood friend Abby Yates played by Melissa McCarthy puts for sale on the book that they both wrote on the paranormal. A book that reappears in her life when a man named Ed Mulgrave () visits her at Columbia University asking for help with an unusual problem that he's having. 

Bad enough that underground train tracks are already pretty creepy and dangerous places to visit but now you have to deal with glowing blue ghosts too. ©Columbia Pictures
It also stars Kate McKinnon as Jillian Holtzman Abby's assistant and tech wizard who creates all the cool toys they use to deal with those ghosties also she sort of looks like the animated version of Egon Spengler in the animated series, Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan an MTA worker who has had a pretty freaky encounter while working underground one day and decides to join them bringing with her her encyclopaedic knowledge of all things New York and Chris Hemsworth as Kevin the dumb-blond male receptionist that they hire to answer calls.

There's also a whole bunch of cameos by the original cast members of the franchise except of course for Harold Ramis who passed away in 2014 and Rick Moranis who played Louis Tully the goofy, naive accountant and friend of theirs in the original movies. 

So you're at a rock concert where Ozzy Osborne is singing and he's not the coolest and scariest thing there. Also four ladies show up and put on the most amazing light show ever. ©Columbia Pictures
So here's a list of things I liked about the new reboot:

1) The cast. I wasn't sure about them at first and when the trailer for the movie was released I was far from impressed nor did I find it particularly funny. Based on the trailer alone I had almost decided not to bother with it at all. But watching the foursome on screen it was a nice surprise. They worked well together and were generally funny.

2) The effects were good. It felt familiar but updated.

3) The cameos. Loved seeing the old cast members again. Miss Harold Ramis and Rick Moranis though.

4) Chris Hemsworth playing the dumb-blond character. It was fun and a nice change.

The original movie had the team live in an old fire station, these guys live above a Chinese Restaurant. I agree with their choice. ©Columbia Pictures

And now here's a list of the things I didn't fancy so much.

1) The story. If it wasn't for the four ladies and especially Wiig, McCarthy and Jones it would have been a pretty dull and run-of-the-mill and would have probably been compared even more to the original and not so favourably either. It's pretty much the same story with the exception that instead of paranormal things happening on its own it's being escalated by an unhappy and very angry man named Rowan North (Neil Casey).

2) There seems to be way too much interest in the gadgets which sorts of breaks the flow of the story.

3) The ghost battle in the end seemed even more ridiculous than usual. I mean using the beams which in the beginning was used to capture and guide ghost into traps to suddenly being able to capture them and then toss them around and smash them seems a little hard to swallow. Then of course there's the fact that they somehow manage to 'kill' the ghosts. Aren't ghosts already dead?

4) Some instances felt a little awkward, sort of like the cast weren't quite sure about how to do it.

The original had a giant Stay Puft Marshmallow man. The new one has them fighting their own logo/mascot. ©Columbia Pictures

So that's my two cents. In general it's a fun and funny movie to waste a couple of hours on. It's much more fun probably if you can watch it without constantly comparing it to the original. The fun mostly happens because of the four women and not so much the story. The other thing that's fun about this movie as I said before is seeing the original cast members show up delivering lines that hint back to the original films which doesn't help when you're trying not to compare it to the originals. 

All in all, a fun movie to watch with the family or take a date to or whatever. Fun for those who've never seen the original and sort of fun for those that remember the original fondly. I'm giving this new reboot a 3 out of 5.

Check out the latest trailer for it below.

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