Ghostbusters 2016 Film Review
The film “Ghostbuster 2016” is a continuation of the popular franchise. All though there’s a slight difference to the original. The popular all male characters are replaced by female counterparts. Most people anticipate the movie to be funny either way, but when doesn’t an all-female cast to a traditional franchise not cause a stir. With all that said, the movie was entertaining. A true fan of Ghostbusters franchise will be able to appreciate the originality of the film. It’s apparent this film is fun, as its predecessors. The comical humor was to my liking and overall a fun night out. The film is set in New York city and plays to a supernatural feel. It’s not a scary movie but a movie about spooks without the horror. The film came into the box office surrounded by controversy. Critics have gone from one extreme to the next. Some saying the film is a hack, while other praise the film.
The “Queen Lady”
Ok, it’s safe to say the lady did a hell of a job. The four main characters are Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig), Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), Jillian Holtzmann (Kate Mckinnon), and Patty Talon (Leslie Jones). The characters come together through a series of events. Abby is disgraced when the university finds out about her paranormal past, that she tries to hide. Erin is also pushed out by the institution making them buddies by circumstance. Patty has an encounter that leads her to seek out like-minded people. Jillian needs to be a part of something. These women defeat the stereotypes with their acting, while at the same time playing into each character theme. Since ghosts are the bad guy in the film, it leaves a lot of room to work with. The acting was “spot on” and these actresses were perfect for the role. When taking on such a role I’m sure the director Paul Feig, envisioned the characters to look and act a certain way. A great twist adding Chris Heming worth to the mix, playing a male secretary won’t get him an Oscar. It will definitely give him cool points for breaking his own characters stereotype. When crowding so many characters in a film its hard to get them to mesh. Not the case with this movie, kudos to the ladies for meshing. Their teamwork was shown and is the main point to take away from the film.
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I have to say I’ve never seen a film go through so much controversy. Everyone has added their opinion on the film. All I have to say to them is get over it. It’s a female cast so what, you would think people wouldn’t mind. Apparently not! The fact that we still live in an age where women shouldn’t take the role of man is beyond me. My only focus is the movie being good, as it should be. Ghostbuster has a solid fan base, but the truth is the franchise hasn’t released a film in thirty years. It’s about time for something spontaneous and having ladies lead the way isn’t a bad idea. Just watch the movie, and enjoy. So it’s not an exaggeration about the everyone part, as even politicians have gotten a hold of the film to criticize. Now I could understand those who wouldn’t enjoy the film. Most are diehard fans who always expect films to follow the story line no matter what. Really, movies are a product of the imagination,that shouldn’t have to be bound by story lines. I never understood why people just don’t get over the fact, that films based on something will never be the same as the original. I personally find the film fantastic. I can’t see why anybody in their right mind wouldn’t like it.
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Now back to the goods. I have to truly say the film was hilarious and can’t stress that enough. There’s a ton of scenes where the commentary alone is crazy. Just to see how the characters interact with each other, and not to forget the ghosts. My personal favorite is the return of Slimer. A ghost with an eating disorder, and a classic character to the series. I never thought I see him again! There are moments where ghosts are the comedians. To see these ladies fighting apparitions is awesome in itself, and must admit the fights scenes were well choreographed. If the leads were saying funny things they were definitely doing them. I just love the part when Patty stage dives, I know that’s a spoiler but I couldn’t help it. Its awesome to see four women take on an army of ghosts, if that doesn’t make you smile there’s something wrong. Great to see them in cooperation the former characters Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray. Its good to see those guys again, especially Bill Murray. Like any comedy film with jokes and punch lines lead equal happy endings. Jillian performance was incredible, the way she express her humor is more quirky than just plain all funny. These ladies were just hilarious, if not more so than the greats.
I have no doubt this film becomes a hit and one to remember. Most movies that receive non stop publicity end up doing well. I already mentioned the vast group of haters, who will probably hate the movie. The girl power that’s in the world is willing to support the film. All groups aside the film will make it. Few will say its not entertaining, and over all it will be a success. We cant forget that Ghostbusters was part of generation. There are many who cherish the franchise, and remember the old films. With that said, the ladies have definitely made the franchise proud. Its not easy to switch a story, but the movie doesn’t skip a beat, sticking to the original formula that made the first films successful. My overall reaction to the film is positive, and would love to see a sequel.