Ghostbusters (2016)

Last weekend, I went to visit my friend for the weekend. Besides playing multiple board games, we like to watch movies together. In college, we would go see a movie once a month, at least? Her DVD collection is massive, and I decided to pick the Ghostbusters re-make for us to watch.

This particular Ghostbusters outing is a remake directed by Paul Feig who also directed Bridesmaids. The film is centered around physicists Abby Yates (played by Melissa McCarthy) and Erin Gilbert (played by Kristin Wiig). Erin is fired from her teaching position at Columbia University after Abby re-publishes the ghost book they wrote. Since Erin’s fired from her job, she teams up with Abby and Dr. Jillian Holtzmann (played wonderfully by Kate McKinnon) to hunt ghosts. Eventually, they meet Patty Tolan (played by Leslie Jones) as her expertise navigating around NYC helps the group locate the ghosts. Ghosts end up being unleashed and all hell breaks loose.

The show stopper in this film is Kate McKinnon. Her facial expressions and lines in this movie were the best. I wish Leslie Jones was more of the main character. She felt sidelined for a lot of the movie which is a shame. I can’t forget to discuss Chris Hemsworth playing the “dumb” secretary. Chris Hemsworth isn’t known for comedy, but his one-liners were great.

Although I liked Ghostbusters, this movie ended up being a box office bomb. There was so much controversy over having a female cast. I remember when the trailer for this movie hit Youtube, there was a remarkable amount of thumbs down responses. I’m biased in my response because I was a 90’s baby, so I wasn’t alive when the original Ghostbusters was released. It saddens me that fans had such a negative reaction to a movie before it was being released.

Ghostbusters wasn’t a perfect film by any means, but it was a campy sci-fi film starring incredibly funny women. I want all the Dr. Jillian Holtzmann merch. I saw her Funko pop and it’s so quirky. Let me know what you think of this movie in my comments section below.

10 thoughts on “Ghostbusters (2016)

  1. I completely agree with you. This movie really had some totally unfair critisism, and didn’t get a fair chance it all. In fact it was doomed to fail before it even came out. I really enjoyed it. Sure it wasn’t as good as the original. But it certainly wasn’t a bad movie either. Glad you enjoyed the movie as well😊

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  2. i loved this movie and i was a fan of the original when it came out. i wasn’t expecting it to be what the first ghostbusters film was because that’s impossible, and i gave ghostbusters 2 the same leeway. but i thought the reboot did a damn good job of re-capturing the overall feel, the new characters were every bit as lovable, and it was just as fun (and funny).

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  3. I’ve only seen this one once, but I didn’t think it was terrible. Definitely didn’t deserve all the hate that it got.

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  4. I thought the movie was pretty good, not amazing but still good. I’ve seen Bridesmaids so I love Kristian and Melissa. People are so damn cruel, don’t judge a book by its cover or assume it’s a political correctness act. I was outraged when I learned about the mistreatment the actors got, especially Leslie.

    The movie did have its funny moments, like even Ozzy Osbourne appeared! Unfortunately, I didn’t have the best experience seeing it in the theater because of kids running around and some teenagers that wouldn’t shut up or they had their phones on and were flashing them everywhere.

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