Who are you gonna call? I have no idea anymore. When the 1st Ghostbusters film hit the cinemas all the way in 1984, the film was always known for its one-liners and clever jokes, but don’t forget that many found the original Ghostbuster very frighting and scary.
In 1989 Ghostbusters 2 finally surfaced but as you expect, it was no match for the 1st film. Many claimed that the plot for the 2nd film was a big drawback. 27 years passed by in which there was always talk of a 3rd film with the key actors returning or even discussions on a new male cast to take over.
When the announcement finally came to the world that Paul Feig (director of The Heat, Spy & Bridesmaids) would be not only directing but also changing the gender and direction of Ghostbusters the world went a little mad and crazy. Going into the film I personally didn’t have any hate towards the film or major concerns. The director has made some successful comedy films but also the four leads for this reboot are in fact four very talented ladies.
The film starts with a ghost invasion which shortly introduces us to the new paranormal enthusiasts Erin, Abby, Jillian who are excited to investigate the real 1st experience they have always waited and prepared for. With more and more paranormal sightings occurring our heroes see an opportunity to rise up and help the city. Joining the team is also our 4th Ghostbuster “Patty” and the Ghostbusters reception Kevin (Christ Hemsworth).
In no way shape or form does this film acknowledge the previous Ghostbusters films or its characters. This film is simply a reboot. Those who know the previous Ghostbusters films are graced with a number of hidden appearances from the original Ghostbuster actors (I counted 5 of them). While some of the appearances are fun (I get it) they could have been used in a very creative way instead of just randomly popping up.
What do I think of our new Ghostbusters crew? Well, as we’ve seen already in many films we have the same actresses pulling out really poor, cheesy jokes. Sometimes the jokes just do not work and the joke goes on and on- like the Ghostbuster who always gets slimed on or always steps on slime, or the Ghostbuster who continuously receives her take out order incorrectly and argues with the delivery man multiple times. The worst joke in the film is when someone says the phrase “Let the cat out of the bag” only to have the film divert into two Ghostbusters questioning how it’s even possible. The jokes fall flat to the point the film might as well be called something else. Most of the film’s humour is brilliantly delivered by Kevin (Chris Hemsworth); the man who doesn’t have glass in his glasses simply because he got sick and tired of cleaning the glass. Funny, but still very cheesy.
While a viewer may expect that when a scary ghost appears people would be worried or freak out when these Ghostbusters see a scary Ghost you can expect poor jokes as they just stand still instead of running or worse- a Ghostbuster deciding to eat Pringles while watching her friend talk to a Ghost.
Overall, being scared of Ghosts and adding perfectly well time humour is something the previous films did really well. It’s no surprise that this reboot had big shoes to fill. Some viewers do not like the idea of the male characters in this film being either mean or incredible dumb (worse than Homer Simpson kinda Dumb). This really didn’t get me down during the film. The film’s plot and the main villain is also forgettable. The film also tries to introduce new creative weapons (instead of the classic trap) to the point that our heroes are distorting
Ghosts, not capturing them.