Okay, let’s get this over with.
If I were going to describe the Sony’s reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise in one word, it would be “okay.” It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be but it also wasn’t a good as I wanted it to be. It wasn’t bad and it wasn’t good either. It’s just okay and, overall, just not very memorable. Me saying that the new all-female Ghostbusters film is just okay is not indicative of my being a guy. It’s just what I honestly think of the film. Take that anyway you want.
With that being said, I will also be upfront in saying that the movie did some things well. But it also didn’t do a lot of good things as well. In fact, for everything that it does right, it gets another thing totally wrong. Let’s go through some of them right now.
Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD!
Hits: Jillian Holtzmann and Kevin Beckman
Hands down, the best character in Sony’s new Ghostbusters is Jillian Holtzman, the character played by Kate McKinnon. Why? It’s because she’s a unique character! She’s incredibly smart and the one who develops all of the tools the Ghostbusters use. But that’s not why she’s stands out. No, what makes her stand out is the way Kate McKinnon’s portrays Holtzman. She gives her a crazy vibe that feels strange but is likable. She’s a little insane, yes. But she’ still grounded enough to feel like a real person. She may be the least developed character but I guess it’s because we know so little, it gives her an air of mystery which makes her just a little more alluring a character.
It’s odd that, for a movie that promoted “girl power” feverously, one of the shining stars in the all-female Ghostbusters film is a guy! Oh, the character of Kevin Beckman is an awful character. He’s impossibly dim and dumber than a sack of bricks. However, Chris Hemsworth, the guy who plays Beckman, looks like he’s having fun. He totally owns the ridiculousness of the character and it does come off on screen.
Misses: Abby Yates and Erin Gilbert
Look, I know that Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy are talented comedians. I know they’re funny and actually good actresses. Unfortunately, not even Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy could do anything with their roles as Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, respectively. The characters were just nothing special. In fact, I would say they weren’t even particularly funny. The characters were just not written well, period. I’ll expound on this a little more later.
Hit: The government will disavow any knowledge…
In all honesty, none of the sub-plots in the new Ghostbusters film work… except for one: the mayor trying to cover up the supernatural disasters that’s happening all over New York. The mayor would thank the Ghostbusters behind closed doors but berate them in public and call them frauds in the media. By the end of the film, even if the mayor promises to secretly fund the Ghostbusters’ experiments so they won’t be unprepared for another supernatural attack, they still publicly denounce them. It’s actually something that actually makes sense and what the government would do!
Miss: Abby Yates and Erin Gilbert’s “friendship”
I already commented that I didn’t like the characters Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy portrayed not because of the people playing them, but because they were poorly written. Well, I’m going to go into more detail now. Simply put, they don’t seem like former friends. They had a falling out for some reason but they never really cover it in any detail. They’re never given any significant screen time together so they never develop a chemistry between themselves, making them feel like underdeveloped characters.
In a movie with a lot of incredibly stupid sub-plots like not getting enough wontons in her soup, Erin yearning for they hunky secretary and more, it’s sad that one of the most crucial cruxes of the film, the friendship between the two main characters, falls flat on its face hard.
Hit: Harold Ramis
No, they didn’t summon the ghost of Harold Ramis and give him a role in the movie. They have a bronze bust featuring his likeness at the very start of the film. It’s pretty brief and, unless you’re paying attention, you may miss it! It felt like a good way of honoring one of the geniuses of the original film.
God, I hated Slimer in the Ghostbusters reboot! Why? Because he actually plays a pivotal role in the finale of the movie! During the final battle, when the bad guy opens up a portal and all the ghosts invade New York, the Ghostbusters, en route to the vortex that’s spewing out all the paranormal baddies, have to get out of Ecto-1 to get rid of a roadblock. While at the roadblock, Slimer decided to steal Ecto-1 and take a joyride… in the Ecto-1. That’s outfitted with a nuclear reactor on the roof because… why not?
Anyway, while cruising around in the Ecto-1… that’s outfitted with a nuclear reactor on the roof for no particular reason… picks up his girlfriend. Did you know Slimer had a girlfriend… that looks like his sister because it looks exactly like him but with a blonde wig, a ribbon and makeup? I certainly didn’t!
Anyway, the Ghostbusters devise a plan to reverse the polarity of the ghost portal but they need the power of a nuclear explosion to do it… which is why they manage to lure Slimer, his girlfriend that looks exactly like him and the Ecto-1 close to the portal and shoot the nuclear reactor that was conveniently on top of the Ecto-1.
The reason why I hated Slimer’s “cameo” is because, it’s not a cameo anymore as he’s involved in the climax of the film! A cameo should be a wink and a nod at the viewer and nothing more! Slimer becomes a convenient plot device here, which makes it more than a cameo. Also, it’s totally out of character!
So, those are just several of the hits and misses of the new Ghostbusters movie. I would like to mention more but, if I being totally honest, I can’t really remember all that much about the events in the film. It’s totally forgettable. Ghostbusters 2, although it was terrible, at least it was memorable!
Like this list suggests, the hits are always juxtaposed by a several more misses, making the new Ghostbusters movie more of a miss than a hit.
What did the new Ghostbusters reboot did right and wrong? Let me know in the comments section below!