Ghostbusters is one of the most anticipated films of the year, rebooted with an all-female cast. The 1984 version is considered a classic, as it was one of the highest-grossing films of the 1980s and who doesn't know the line from Ray Parker Jr.'s theme song: "Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!" Bobby Brown scored his one and only No. 1 hit with "On Our Own" in 1989 from the Ghostbusters II soundtrack. Ghostbusters was a pop cultural phenomenon. Can a reimagination have the same impact in 2016?
The new version is a similar plot to the original. Ghosts are destroying New York City and four quirky scientists save the day. The film is a valiant effort with a flawless cast, but Ghostbusters is difficult to replicate. Sci-fi comedy with silly green goblins, Disney-like paranormal devils, the fluorescent undead ruling Manhattan and a wildly predictable plot does. Short on suspense and laughs, even with comedy powerhouses, Ghostbusters is a bust.
Yes, the cast is cinema gold: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and the comedic perfection of Leslie Jones. They are talented actresses with superb timing, extreme likability and a joy to watch on screen, but I wish they were in a different movie with a stronger script. The kooky script doesn’t play to their strengths and their acting chops are overwhelmed by cheeseball special effects. There are some funny one-liners, but isolated moments of humor can't sustain a two-hour film. I appreciated the girl power element of the film, but Ghostbusters is a stellar cast in a bland movie.
On a side note, the underutilized Leslie Jones is an absolute star. I look forward to seeing more from her on the screen as the Tennessee native has a long career ahead. And while Ghostbusters wasn’t a memorable film, she delivered memorable moments.
There is pressure for the film to do well because it's "an all-female" cast, which is ludicrous. Films starring only men sometimes bomb and other times hit box office gold — regardless of whether or not it's a good movie. We will have gender equality on the big screen when movies starring all women aren't a reflection of every film starring women. Ghostbusters should stand on its own, and on its own, the movie is busted.
Ghostbusters is in theaters now.
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