Thursday, October 13, 2016

Ghostbusters (2016)

Sometimes movies do live up to their reputations (and not for the better). Of course, that is definitely something that movie watchers should determine on their own, and not always follow what different reviews say. That is what I tried to do with tonight’s entry: 2016s Ghostbusters.  

Plot/ 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.

As a huge fan of the original Ghostbusters, I had decided to wait until this one hit DVD to watch it. While I do think that this one does have some major flaws and there are many issues, it is far from the worst movie ever made. Besides the overuse of green screens and CGI that make the ghosts look subpar (even in comparison to the original from 1984), the writing does not do anything to add to the entertainment value of the film. There is no atmosphere or personality, and worst of all, it is extremely predictable, cardboard, and clich├ęd, which never allows the cast to fully connect with the audience. In the end, I wanted to like this one because of the interesting possibilities that could exist within the Ghostbusters mythos; unfortunately, the creative team attempted a reboot instead of a continuation of the potentially intriguing storylines that could have been explored in this universe and that decision failed. Not the worst movie ever made, but it is extremely disappointing.

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