Ghostbusters – Good, Bad & Ugly Review


Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 73% (Critics) / 44% (Audience)
Directed By: Paul Feig
Written By: Paul Feig and Katie Dippold
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones
Studio: Sony Pictures
Synopsis: 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. – (Source)

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The Good:
This movie was pretty fun. All of the main actresses dove into their roles with gusto and their enjoyment came across onscreen. They also had a very easy chemistry with one another and, to director Paul Feig’s credit, he gave each of the women time to shine as individual characters.
I also liked that the film kept the same look for the ghostly apparitions that the original film used only jazzed up with better CGI.
And Chris Hemsworth was hilarious as himbo receptionist Kevin. I think I laughed out loud at every line and goofy mistake this character made.
I also enjoyed the cameos by some of the original movie’s cast.

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The Bad:
It seemed like there was a lot of ad-libbing and improv going on with the 4 lead actresses and while that delivered some honestly funny moments, it also provided some really big stinkers too. A couple of jokes landed like a lead balloons tied to bricks.
I also was a bit disappointed in this film’s villain. I tried not to compare this movie with the original film as much as possible but when you cast a Rick Moranis type like Neil Casey then you automatically open yourselves up to that comparison and Casey’s Rowan North comes up short when compared to Moranis’ Louis Tully.
I was a it disappointed with Bill Murray’s role in the movie though. I was hoping for a lot more from his cynical debunker of the supernatural.

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The Ugly:
The over-the-top hatred for this movie (sight unseen) was insane and makes one wonder just how much was due to nostalgia/affection for the original GHOSTBUSTERS and just how much was rooted in some old fashioned misogyny. Because I hate to break it to the folks who have been rabidly against this remake but Paul Feig and these funny ladies can’t possibly do any more damage to the original film’s standing than the crappy sequel from 1989 already did.

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Final Verdict: I may lose my membership in the Dudebro Neckbeard Society for admitting this but I actually enjoyed this movie. Sure its not as good as the original but it is fun and all 4 of the ladies in this remake are very likable. It is definitely worth giving a chance and not letting the online uproar color your decision about seeing it or not.

Grade: B-

2 thoughts on “Ghostbusters – Good, Bad & Ugly Review”

  1. Dude, yes. Brilliant observation with regards to the 1989 sequel. I don’t think I have yet seen someone else bring that up. This was a lot of fun, enjoyEd myself a lot.

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    1. It has confused the heck out of me seeing all the anguished cries from Ghostbusters fans about how this remake ruins Ghostbusters as if that terrible sequel doesn’t exist. Its like the nerd rage makes them incapable of rational thought on this subject.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting btw.

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