Ghostbusters (2016) – Rated PG-13 – Reviewed July 25, 2016 – IMDb
Ever really like and dis-like something at the same time? I’ve been trying to find some real-life examples that everyone can relate to but so far I am drawing a blank (I’ll take suggestions).
But that is how I feel about the (latest?) Ghostbusters movie.
Maybe it was because I lived in NYC when the first movie came out in (gasp!) 1984 that I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for this movie. I remember the advertising campaign was just plastering the Ghostbusters symbol on buses and billboards months before the movie came out. No explanation but a lot of buzz as everyone tried to figure out what it meant. And this was pre-internet days so raising widespread buzz wasn’t that easy.
So I was really disappointed when they made this a re-boot of the franchise rather than a continuation. The cameos of the original cast were very gratuitous (with the exception of how they got the late, great, Harold Ramis into it) and actually made me feel worse for not seeing them as characters that were part of the past of this movie and instead, were just extras that looked thrown in (Sigourney Weaver’s cameo was really thrown in there).
The part that was most frustrating was that they could have easily done almost exactly the same movie and made it a continuation of the last one and then the original cast in as cameos, but as their original roles. Something to support the story and tie the two films together. I don’t know, maybe it’s just that I hate to see the original thrown to the side.
But, I did like the movie (believe it or not). The casting was right on the mark and the writing was great (dare I say, funnier than the original?). The way they included Leslie Jones was so much better then the pretty much random inclusion of Ernie Hudson in the original (I always wondered if somebody owed him a part or something). Chris Hemsworth’s role was entertaining and I was happy to see that they didn’t try to make female clones of the original cast. They were new characters and very fun to watch.
So I think that this is a movie worth seeing. Ignore the cameos and the other ties to the original and it’s a movie that stands up on it’s own…..but it didn’t have to.