Skip to main content

Movie Review: Ghostbusters (2016) *Very mild Spoilers*

The 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters is probably best enjoyed if you take it as a movie that really is its own thing. Sure it has all the key elements from the original 1984 Ghostbusters in terms of logo and Ghostbusting hardware but overall it has a different feel that is less cynical with lead characters that aren't just female versions of their male counterparts.

To draw an analogy it's kind of like Tim Burton's Batman (1989) compared to Joel Schumacher's Batman Forever (1995), both were pretty good movies but Joel's had a lot more neon and was more cartoon like. It had elements of Burton's style but clearly wasn't a Tim Burton film.

That's how I feel about the new rebooted Ghostbusters. If you accept it as it's own thing you'll probably enjoy it more. If you're looking for something that captures the more cynical humor and character relationships of the 1984 film, you won't find it here.

It is definitely a funny, more cartoon like film with laugh out loud moments. It's not particularly scary but, let's face it, neither were the original two films. Just don't go into the film with the mind set of comparing every moment to its predecessors to see which does it better. The original will win every time (as it should, so why waste your time and ruin your enjoyment of the new film? Use the time to spot all the Easter eggs and callbacks and nerd out on those instead).

I enjoyed the new cast, particularly Kate McKinnon as the teams hardware specialist, Jillian Holtzmann. Her character is a lot of fun introducing and developing all the tech. Unfortunately she is used to insert random site gags in places, pushing for additional laughs for no real reason other than to add a few more jokes to the movie. Not a bad thing by any means but it's always nicer if the humor is a direct result of the story moving forward.

Kate McKinnon as Jillian Holtzmann.

Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones all hold their own as valuable contributors to the team. Kristen and Melissa's characters are the Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd members of the team respectively but their dynamic is very different. Where Bill's character was kind of a cool but cynical guy practising science as a sort of lark, Kristen's character is the real deal. She's a real scientist trying to score credibility and prestige whilst distancing herself from her earlier research into the paranormal. Once she realises her earlier research wasn't all for nought she loses any ability to be reluctant or cynical about the work Melissa's character is doing. As such it's a more positive relationship.

Chris Hemsworth role as the team's receptionist, Kevin, provides some good laughs. From the trailers it's hard to understand why they would hire a receptionist so stupid (aside from the eye candy factor) but there is further explanation that makes some sense. My only issue with Kevin is that, from out of nowhere, he decides to make himself a team member (not really a spoiler if you've seen the trailers) rather than the team's receptionist. It makes me think there's a few scenes that got cut that would have explained this better.

Leslie Jones' character, Patty, kind of muscles her way onto the team then a short time later is lamenting her decision as if it wasn't her choice in the first place. Which also makes me think a few deleted scenes must be around that explain this better.

In fact, my only real issue with the film is that it doesn't clearly show the passage of time in several places. For example, in one scene the team are being questioned by the Mayor after having caught first ghost (I think), immediately after that they are in an alley way trying out a bunch of new equipment that they didn't have available what seems like hours earlier, until you realise the alley is not the one next to the Mayor's office but the one next to the Chinese take-a-way and it's probably days or maybe even weeks later (given the amount of new equipment).

This kind of unacknowledged passage of time jump happens a few times through out the film. Most notably it goes from day to night very quickly during the climactic Ghost battle at the end of the film. It may be because of a dark cloud that forms over the city but it's not totally clear. One minute it's day the next it's night.

Aside from that, I enjoyed the film. It's not a movie I'd particularly want to see multiple viewings but if there are sequels, I'd certainly look forward to seeing those. In fact, now they're over the 'origin' story, a second movie could certainly do a lot to improve upon a fairly solid start. It would be particularly good if the next film had nothing to do with opening a city destroying portal of paranormal activity (come on... three films in a row now).

To sum up, this is not the 1984 Ghostbuster movie. It really is its own thing. If you can go into it with that in mind, you will probably have a better time. The fact that it's an all female team really makes very little difference - other than they have a penchant for dancing a bit more than your average male scientist might. Then again, the original cast did their fair share of dancing in Ray Parker Junior's video for the Ghostbusters theme song.

This movie is not bad, like some would want you to believe. It's not a chick flick just because it's an all female team. It's definitely not a male bashing film either. The special effects are not hokey or dated (as I've seen some say). It's a comedy as good as any I've seen in recent years. It's not outstandingly great but it is Ghostbusters for a new generation. I really hope they at least try for a second movie in this series.

Comments

  1. I saw this after I answered your comment on Face Book, so it's probably answered my couple of questions except about the theme music. (ie: did they use the same, well, they'd have to really?)

    I don't think I'll go and see it. Can't remember how the story went with the original but would probably prefer it. Hope the young ones will see the original too, if they haven't already. Usually the one you see first is usually the one you prefer.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. As I say above this movie is it's own thing so whilst the story is sort of similar to the original it has its own origins for how the team evolves. It's not a remake just a reboot of the Ghostbusters concept.

      You'll hear the original theme song played very early on in the movie and you'll also hear other people's versions and remixes later on. I looked at the soundtrack to this film and, along with the original theme song, there's at least 3 or 4 new versions of the same song.

      Delete

Post a Comment

* Thanks to constant spam comments by a Casino Marketing Moron who won't get the message that spam comments WILL be deleted ALL comments will be moderated and only cool, on topic comments will be approved.

Comments not directly related to the post will be deleted. This includes spammy generic comments with links to websites not related to the post.

Buy Gifts and Apparel featuring art by TET.

Popular posts from this blog

How to Transfer Any Line Art to Your Griptape - Easy Skateboard Griptape Art Tutorial

Dog Star Griptape Art by TET Griptape art is once again gaining popularity amongst modern skateboarders. For those of us who have tried to create our own griptape art, using paint pens, you'll know reproducing your design onto the grip, without making any mistakes is incredibly challenging. Mostly because you just have to go for it and draw the design freehand, with paint pens, directly onto the griptape. You can make the odd mistake here or there but if you get the proportions of the design completely wrong, it can be very difficult to fix. Often you just have to live with the mistake. To address the problem I've come up with an easy way anyone can transfer a line art design to their griptape, removing almost all the anxiety of getting the proportions wrong. In fact, you could do this with any line art design, even if you have no drawing skill at all. Watch the video below to see my technique in action and/or skip past the video where I highlight the basic steps to get your de

Batman Cosplay Breaks the World Record for Most Functional Gadgets

Julian Checkley in his record breaking Bat Suit. If anyone should hold the world record for most functional gadgets in a cosplay suit it's Batman. Not the actual Batman, whose suit is actually his work clothes and not cosplay, the honour goes to Batman Cosplayer, Julian Checkley.

ANZAC Day and the South Australian Governor General's New Fence

ANZAC Centenary Memorial Walk, Adelaide SA. Australian's love to honour their war heroes and so they should. South Australia is no exception, with memorials to fallen soldiers in almost every town and city. Adelaide even has road bridges named after famous battles from the Vietnam war. ANZAC Day (April 25th) is the one day where we put all those war memorials to use in memory of all who served from World War I onward with parades and dawn services attended by thousands. Arguably, ANZAC day is more popular than it ever has been in Australia, with pilgrimages back to Gallipoli in Turkey now a thing that many Australians hope to do at least once. To see and attend services where it all began.

Skateboard Trick Tips: Two Ways to Ollie North (Ollie One foot)

You have to be quick to see my Ollie Norths! Ollie One Foots, otherwise known as the Ollie North, is one of those skateboard tricks you learn and then tend not to do very much as more interesting trick challenges grab your attention. However it does look really cool if you learn how to kick your front foot well past the nose of your skateboard. Still shot from Braille Skateboarding's Ollie North tutorial. I was inspired to make my video below, showing two different techniques to achieve a successful Ollie One Foot, when I not only saw that Braille Skateboarding's Tutorial used a different method to the one I had learned but also, when I looked at various other video tutorials, I discovered yet another technique, with no one using the method I had originally learned. Braille's method is to simply Ollie and drag your front foot past the front of your board. The second method I came across in several video tutorials is to Ollie, drag your front foot and tap your

A.I. Can Now Create Art Based Upon Text Prompts - DALL-E 2 and CrAIyon (Formerly DALL-E Mini)

"a painting of a fox sitting in a field at sunrise in the style of Claude Monet” Image by DALL-E 2, OpenAI.com One thing people have often said is that machines will never replace creative artists because they lack the imagination and emotion required to create anything meaningful. A.I. technology is now good enough to work as writing assistants, including sites like Jasper and Rytr , where you simply tell the A.I. what you want to write about and it'll produce a complete article on that subject. The article may not be perfect but it can sure save you a lot of time. DALL-E 2: Realistic images and art from a description in natural language. With the release of DALL-E 2 there is now an A.I. that can produce realistic (or artistically styled) images based entirely on text prompts in seconds. We're not just talking about collaging a few images together here either. DALL-E 2 can create images where everything looks fairly seamless and purposefully included. Rather than me try

Artificial Intelligence, Chat Bots, and Sentient Machines - Where is my Robot Companion?

As fascinating and exciting as the world of robotics is companies like Boston Dynamics , Disney Imagineering , and Engineered Arts (which I wrote about their very human-like robot, Ameca , in my previous post ), have demonstrated it's very possible to create human like robots. That is, something along the lines of C3-PO from Star Wars , or Sonny from iRobot . Arguably, what isn't possible at this time, is creating a sentient robot i.e. something that can think for itself, develop its own ideas, and even have emotions.  I say 'arguably' because being 'sentient' is a somewhat relative term. If we're talking the equivalent of human sentience then current robots and artificial intelligences (A.I.) are a long way off. However, we can create robots that are capable of learning on their own.  You could, conceivably create a robot that starts out following its programming then, over time, learns behaviors and problem solving in ways never conceived by its creator

How to Start From Nothing - a Video by Sorelle Amore Finance About Starting Any Kind of Business

Sorelle Amore. It's the million dollar question for many people wanting to start a business who feel they don't have the knowledge, money, skills, time, or all four, "How do I start from nothing?" If that's something you want to know too then the video below by  Sorelle Amore , an Australian photographer and social media entrepreneur success story, who is most known for literally writing the book on how to take an #AdvancedSelfie, has an answer well worth considering. Just in case you feel advice from a professional selfie photographer couldn't possibly be meaningful Sorelle's journey to financial freedom in just two years is well worth looking into. One takeaway for me is that at age 28 she was broke, but turned things around and was a millionaire by age 30. While that's an exceptional result of quite a lot of hard work, writing books, building courses, and more, what it says to me is, it's possible to be financially secure in less than two years