Friday, 26 August 2016

Ghostbusters (2016)

Genre

Action | Comedy | Fantasy

Director

Paul Feig

Country

USA

Cast

Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Cecily Strong, Andy Garcia, Neil Casey, Charles Dance, Michael K. Williams, Matt Walsh, Ed Begley Jr., Steve Higgins, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver

Storyline

Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) and Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), and subway worker Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones) band together to stop the otherworldly threat.

Opinion

Maybe the fact that I haven't seen the original Ghostbusters movie influenced me, or maybe it was the fact that I loved Paul Feig's recent films, but I don't think Feig's "Ghostbusters" is bad as most have been saying. Don't get me wrong, it's not the comedy of the year, but in my opinion it works decently as a standalone film.

The story is good and quite interesting to follow - and I suppose it is similar to the original, it's a remake after all -, but I have to admit that is a bit thin and there are several plot holes - like where does all the money for the equipment come from?

But the main problem with the writing are the characters. There isn't much character development, none of the characters is particularly likable, and the only black character is a loud, a little annoying stereotype.

However, I particularly enjoyed the only main guy in the film, Chris Hemsworth's character. Finally there's a dumb blond in a film and it's a man, unbelievable right? And the best part is that Hemsworth nailed the role and he's hilarious. And I know people have been complaining about this too, because apparently women are supposed to be stupid, but men, oh no, they can't be dumb.

Anyway, as for the comedy, I don't have any big complaint about it. There is a lot of slapstick, and some sexual jokes, and overall the jokes are good and never out of place. And the four main actresses all delivers the comedy pretty well, especially Melissa McCarthy.

At last the special effects are very well done, and even though I was expecting the ghosts to be a little bit more creepy. But they still were pretty cool, and I loved what the filmmakers did at the end with the ghost and the classic logo.

4 comments :

  1. I be
    I've it got all this bad press, not because the writing was just ok or that the acting was ..just ok but it starred mainly women and it was a remake but replaced men with women. It's pretty pathetic when you think about it. I know it won't be as good as the original but it probably is ok just like what your review says

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  2. I think the dialogue, overall, was stale. Though not as bad as some claim it to be. Chris, of course, saved the show with his irresistible adorability.

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  3. I have seen the original one so yeah, I think that is probably going to greatly influence my opinion! You should definitely try and see the original if you get the chance to. I hope it's not going to be bad...

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  4. Effettivamente se non si conosce la saga principale può anche piacere. Tuttavia lo reputo un film bruttino, che vuole strizzare l'occhio ai fan con ondate di fanservice e camei.
    Ma mettendo da parte il maledetto fattore nostalgia, credo che abbiamo sbagliato tutti i tempi comici... Le gag sono troppo lunghe, sembra che ti vomitano battute in faccia.
    Personalmente lo considero un film "meh"... Si merita un 5. Non è il peggior film mai visto, ma credo che abbiano sbagliato molte scelte.

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