I was hesitantly optimistic about this film. I really wanted it to be good. I can't really call myself a huge fan of Paul Feig, though: "Bridesmaids" was okay; I didn't really like "Spy" the first time that I saw it, but it has grown on me; I still don't like "The Heat". Regardless, I felt that with the casting, Feig was probably the person to best pull it off, but it ended up falling a bit flat.
The film separated itself enough from the original film to be considered a reboot as opposed to a remake, however, it borrowed many elements to it. Certain elements were really well-done, such as the Ecto-1 and the homage to the Stay Puft Man, but a lot of things felt forced, like the logo. There were definitely some funny moments, but a lot of the jokes ending up falling flat.
The funniest part of the film was Chris Hemsworth's character. He really never failed to provide laughs. Leslie Jones's character was also hilarious. Kate McKinnon's character had some really funny moments, but had a few that didn't land correctly. Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy were both really disappointing to me. Neil Casey, who played the antagonist, was not a very good actor at all. In fact, his whole character seemed very forced and artificial. Other than that, many of the original cast members made some really funny cameos.
The plot of the film was really formulaic, and felt like it was trying to outdo the original film as much as it could. The special effects are definitely an improvement, for the most part (a few scenes looked very obviously green screened), and I will say that much of the cinematography was very good. The climax of the film had a lot of plot holes, and was extremely rushed. I felt like the film was trying to shove too much into the end to make it look impressive, and it just looked overstuffed to me. The biggest issue with the first half of the movie to me was that it wasn't as funny as I wanted it to be (with the exception of Hemsworth, Jones, and sometimes McKinnon), however, the biggest issue with the second half was that it was not well-thought-out.
So overall, "Ghostbusters" can provide some laughs and nostalgia for fans of the original, but it can also provide some disappointment. Non-fans will likely enjoy it greatly, as will people who aren't bothered as much by some of the detailed writing things that bother me. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't great either.
Big Tuna's Rating: C
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Maybe.
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