Benz Eye View: Ghostbusters (2016)

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Ghostbusters (2016)

Pros:

1.) There are some pretty cool ghost designs; different varieties of ghosts (albeit not really that original) that shows a little bit of creativity.  Even the Ghostbuters’ devices are creative as well with ghost grenades, ghost fists, ghost chippers, etc.  At least they are clever enough with that.

2.) Jillian Holtzmann (played by Kate McKinnon) is the coolest and greatest character in this movie (compared to everyone else).  She may not strike me as a scientist (in fact, I do not think any of the other two women strike me as scientists), but I can certainly buy that she is a quirky inventor.  Not to mention, she brings a little bit of life in the movie since she stands out so much.  She would actually be a great member of the original Ghostbusters.

3.) The cameos from the cast of the original Ghostbusters are nice to see.  From Bill Murray to Sigourney Weaver, it is nice to see them again from a different rendition of Ghostbusters (even though I can tell that they do not want to be in it).

 

Cons:

1.) Most of the jokes suck.  They spend a bit too long letting the actors spew out one-liners or jokes that never made me laugh (with a few exceptions).  They need to cut some of it out, and let the movie progress…

2.) …Although, they also need to cut out the exposition.  They spend a longer amount of time explaining things that I either do not care or do not need explaining.  The movie explains the science of how the proton packs work when it should either make the explanation brief, or just move on and let us see how it works.

3.) What is wrong with the writing?  The comedy and horror just suck (with some small exceptions), the characters are uninteresting and sometimes unlikable (except for Holtzmann), some motivations make no sense, the story is paced badly, and in terms of the fact this is called Ghostbusters, it fails to be a good Ghostbusters movie.  Almost nothing in this movie works.

 

Overall:

Ghostbusters is one of the most classic films of all time.  The first film is amazing with its story, lore, creativity, and characters; while the second movie was not as good, but contained some elements to be in decent levels.  Plans for a third Ghostbusters film was planned and rumored, but nothing happened (mainly because Bill Murray did not want to do it).  Those plans seem to have died when Harold Ramis (one of the writers and actors for Ghostbusters) died in 2014.  It was later announced that the movie series will rebooted, and a trailer was eventually released…and it is currently the most hated YouTube video in existence.  I admit that I was reluctant to watch, but I was willing to give it a chance.  I am willing to see an all-female Ghostbusters movie if it is done well.  How should I say this?  This is one of the very few moments in my life that I wanted to get out of the theater, but I unfortunately stayed to see what the movie offers.  I am here to tell you that this is by far one of the WORST movies I have seen in my life.  As a Ghostbusters movie, it is a betrayal what makes it Ghostbusters.  On its own, it is an unfunny, uninteresting, and unacceptable movie that likes to be cool, but it is annoying instead.  If you want to see some ghost busting action-comedy-horror, watch the original Ghostbusters movies.  If you want to see a true continuation of the Ghostbusters movies, play Ghostbusters: The Video Game (2009).  In fact, here is a little test for you.  I have two different trailers here:

Here is one for Ghostbusters (2016):

Here is one for Ghostbusters: The Video Game (2009):

Which do you prefer to watch?  Either way, do not watch this movie.

1/10

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