Movie Review: Ghostbusters

Score: 7/10

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I was weary about seeing Ghostbusters. I had heard very mixed reviews. I did stay awake this time ( 🙂 ), but it wasn’t the movie I had hoped it would be.

There is a strong ‘you go girl’ message in this movie, which I have mixed feelings about. Yes, it is unfortunately still necessary in this day and age and I am all for it, but, like I said for Ice Age 5, the message was put on too thick. They put Chris Hemsworth in as the ‘typical dumb blond,’ which was a funny twist, but very over the top and extremely unbelievable.

The cast of girls was a nice mix, of all sorts of colours and sizes. I thought the role of Kate McKinnon was a bit strange as she hardly speaks in the first half of the movie and then words pour out of her that most people won’t understand. Melissa McCarthy was funny, but I have seen her in funnier roles. I think this was a missed opportunity for the screenwriters.

The flow of the movie was not as smooth as it could have been. There were a few points where I caught myself thinking ‘how is this possible?’, ‘where are we now?’ and ‘where did those come from?’ I think flow issues are the biggest culprits of lowering the overall believability of a movie. Everything could be fine, but if the flow isn’t there it takes you out of the scene and back to reality. Not good. At the end of the movie there is a gag reel with Chris Hemsworth doing some dance moves that are copied by a crowd. Something must have gone wrong as the set up was there in the movie, but then nothing was done with it.

 Cg was okay, but nothing special. A lot of the same ghosts flying around, nothing new really. And the fact that a ghost got defeated by pricking it with a knife… Sorry, that just didn’t make sense.

Music was good I must admit. The old ‘Who you gonna call’ theme was incorporated here and there and suspense was built up with music (sometimes to no effect at all though, but that’s normal). No new catchy theme, which is a shame.

I was hoping there was going to be some reference to the old (male) ghostbusters in the movie, but nothing as such. Yes, there was a reference towards the location of the old ghostbusters team, but it wasn’t mentioned that there had been ghostbusters before. I suppose that for the new generation this doesn’t matter as they don’t know the old ghostbusters. But for us ‘oldies’ this is a bit of blasphemy. That said, there were some fun cameo roles that were worth seeing.

Overall nice entertainment, nothing new, not as funny as expected. I give it a 7/10.

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