Three scientists and a subway worker start a paranormal disposal
team just in time to thwart a ghostly invasion of New York City.
Directed by Paul Feig
Written by Katie Dippold and Paul Feig
Starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon,
Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Neil Casey,
Andy Garcia, Cecily Strong, Charles Dance
Reboot of 1984's Ghostbusters
When you remake a beloved piece of pop culture history, you have to be prepared to take the hate. People aren't going to like your new interpretation as much as they love the original. I know it, you know it, and you'd best believe they know it. The way filmmakers wade through the sea of hate and come out the other side is by having faith that their movie is good in its own way and it will always find a home. I only bring this up because 2016's Ghostbusters is not good in its own way and will probably never find a home, as it does its best job to alienate both fans of the 1984 classic and fans of Paul Feig's comedies. It can best be described as the RC Cola of remakes, as in nobody wants it in favor of the real one but there will always be weirdos who'll have it anyway because it's there.
This film has no story, no driving force, and one of the weakest villains in film history. Going up against Gozer the Gozerian and Prince Vigo is a weird dude named Rowan who transforms into the ghost from the logo. When I heard that Paul Feig was never a fan of the original, I expected a huge bomb. But I had faith in the cast, most of whom I find really funny. I'm sure with a better script, they would've pulled it off, but all their dialogue is made up of stupid jokes and science jargon they ripped off from the original. Honestly, the best scenes in the movie are the callbacks to the classic film and the cameo appearances from Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, and Ernie Hudson.
I felt that Charles Dance as underused (as usual), Chris Hemsworth was so stupid that it was annoying, and the updated theme was so terrible that it made me long for the awful Run-DMC remix from Ghostbusters 2. There are very few saving graces in the film and I stand by my original stance on this movie being one enormous bad idea. Sony focused so hard on making "Female Ghostbusters" that the film itself became a gimmick instead of a movie. You'd be hard-pressed to find any Ghostbusters fan who enjoyed this movie. God knows I didn't.