Ghostbusters Review

Ghostbusters is a 2016 supernatural comedy horror film directed by Paul Feig, serving as a reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise.  The film stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth and the plot follows parapsychologists Erin Gilbert (Wiig), Abby Yates (McCarthy), Jillian Holtzmann (McKinnon), and Patty Tolan (Jones); who open a ghost catching business in New York after an growth in paranormal activity.


Positives:

  • Good performances by main cast
  • Good characters
  • Good soundtrack
  • Great visuals
  • Good humor

Negatives:

  • Lackluster antagonist
  • Cheesy humor
  • Unoriginal story


Plot: The story isn’t original but does go at a decent pace.  Although interesting the story is also simple. A highlight of the story is the development of the characters as a unit. Another aspect that gives the film a grounded feeling is the political aspect that is included. The climax of the film feels lackluster with little to no resolution nor sense of urgency.  There are also some sequences that happen that make little sense, which caters to the humor, and makes the film feel more goofy than serious. The story should’ve been more interesting, more complex; have other events happening while following the main story. (3 out of 5)

Characters: The film features good characters.  The main protagonists; Erin Gilbert (Wiig), Abby Yates (McCarthy), Jillian Holtzmann (McKinnon), and Patty Tolan (Jones), are great, they have a great group dynamic.  Tolan had me worried because her character wasn’t a scientist but as the film progresses she does manage to not only hold her own but stand out.  Rowan North (Casey) is the antagonist of the film and he is completely flat, and could’ve had better developed motivation.  Upon learning about the film’s plot I figured he would initiate the events of the film because of a lost love or to cheat death but his motivations were petty. (3 out of 5)

Cast: Good performances by the main and supporting cast. Wiig, McCarthy, McKinnon, and Tolan have good chemistry together.  Especially McCarthy and McKinnon, who definitely had fun with the roles.  Hemsworth was hilarious.  There are some great cameos from the original cast including Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, Ernie Hudson, and Dan Aykroyd. The film also includes Katie Dippold, Neil Casey, Cecily Strong, Andy Garcia, and Michael K. Williams. (3 out of 5)

Visuals: Visuals were quite impressive and is undoubtedly the best looking Ghostbuster film.  The technology looked cool and practical designs were great.  Nice for the writers to have included various weapons. The ghost designs were cool, especially the detail and luminescent look.  (4 out of 5)

Score: The score was surprisingly good.  There soundtrack was pretty cool, helped to make it feel like a Ghostbusters movie. The sound effects do sound great, especially the proton packs, the various ghost sounds. (3 out of 5)

Writing: The writing is a bit of a mixed bag.  I did like the writing, more specifically the dialogue especially when it comes to the humor which was well timed and great delivery.  Loved how the film is about progression.  Throughout the entire movie the characters are developing, not only themselves individually, but as a team, as a name, and even their technology, which is a sequence leagues better than its predecessors.  We actually get to see the character develop the technology. Even with how the supernatural were becoming present is given a logical explanation.  Loved the direction that Paul Feig takes the film.  There was some pretty cheesy humor, and even though there were some good ones, there were some that didn’t work out so well. Did not understand why Hemsworth’s character was written to be a complete idiot.  It does work for the humor sometimes but it hurts it in others as well as hurts the overall story.  (3 out of 5)


In the end, Ghostbusters is a surprisingly good film.  Despite the flat villain, forced humor, and various moments in the story that should’ve been ironed out better, the film features a good cast, good characters, great visuals, good soundtrack, and good humor.  Ghostbusters gets 3 out of 5).

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