Flash Movie Review: Ghostbusters

The street festival provided an opportunity to relive the memories of the old neighborhood of my youth. Walking the residential streets was a revelation for the homes were now freshly painted in colorful hues. Old porches and stairs that previously yawned in tiredness looked confidently strong now; I doubt they would utter a peep. The biggest surprise was the amount of foliage everywhere. As a kid I remember flowers were something one would find mostly in a backyard, not many households had them in front. Bushes covered the bottoms of houses; some planted to form a straight hedge across, others looking like tossed green gumdrops. Now as I traveled down several streets, flowers and ornamental trees were blooming everywhere. The trees that remained from my childhood had expanded and grown as if someone had pumped them up with air to look like inflated balloons at a Thanksgiving parade. When I finally reached the heart of the business area there were a few stores I remembered though they were dressed up with new signs and banners. The grocery store was replaced by one of those dollar stores and the local drugstore was now a currency exchange. Sitting in the same place was the diner I used to go to at least once a week. I had to go in and though no one looked familiar to me, the furniture had not changed. I ordered my usual and watched the cook make it as I sat on one of the dark red stools at the counter. The food came in those same plastic baskets freshly lined with wax paper. I was excited as I took my first bite, taking in the earthy aroma wafting off the pile of fries. Sadly my memories tasted better than the actual meal. The same thing could be said about this version of a comedy classic.   STRANGE occurrences started popping up around New York City but only two people understood what they could be. Scientist friends Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, played by Kristen Wiig (The Martian, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) and Melissa McCarthy (The Boss, Spy) were convinced there was finally proof to substantiate their research. After all the talk of this science fiction fantasy reboot having a female cast it all came down to the script for me. Kristen, Melissa and Leslie Jones (Trainwreck, Saturday Night Live-TV) as Patty Tolan were subdued compared to Kate McKinnon (Life Partners, Saturday Night Live-TV) as Jillian Holtzmann; she was terrific which is saying a lot since the story was bland. I did not have any laugh out loud moments and felt the story needed some caffeine. The villain of the story was so dull with a tired story line that I sat in my seat and wondered what the writers were thinking. Even the special effects were nothing special; after all these years since the original film, you would think the movie studio would want to dazzle the viewers with special effects. Overall this movie was not the worst; it just did not taste as good as the original I remembered. There was an extra scene at the end of the credits.


2 stars  



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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on July 18, 2016, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. I haven’t seen the remake. But I watched the original recently, and it also did not “taste” as good as I remember. I don’t think the material holds up very well in 2016. It needs more than a sex change to make it fresh and original again.

  2. We are just back from seeing this at a drive in cinema. I will state that I’m not a big fan of the original Ghostbusters movie but I found myself more entertained by this one. The story was weaker than the original but I laughed more frequently – mostly at Hemsworth, it must be said. I think the film was stronger in chemistry between the leads and the ghost effects were – unsurprisingly 30 years on – much more visually striking. I think I also appreciated that this version (one S word aside) was family friendly whereas the original has some dialogue that’s too far on the innuendo scale for younger kids.

  3. Like some of the others I think i will wait this one out till someone has it at home. It looks drab and uninspired. I love Melissa McCarthy’s movies usually but her weight loss makes her look very pale and ill now. Also, rehashing Ghostbusters is no different than bringing 70’s campy tv shows to life on the big screen. I loved the first Ghostbusters, the sequel paled in comparison and was not funny at all. This one looks to be along those lines. I will give it a chance but not holding my breath really for any big laughs here. And if the special FX and villain design was lackluster in the movie than I don;t see any spectacular acting to follow. A movie can have very little FX and stand out on acting merits alone but not getting that feeling and that’s just from the commercials I have seen and your review has solidified my suspicions! Prost und Zum Wohl !

    • I think it is a good move to wait before spending money on this film. As I told another commenter the studio should have focused on the script before the cast. Thank you for the comments as always.

  4. Never saw the first one – I know I know – but have seen scenes and of course know that hit song!
    And needed caffeine? Hm –
    Oh and I really enjoyed hearing about going back to see the pumped up foliage – and sitting on the same red stools – I like your reviews because of the perosnal details you share – 😉

    And side note – i am counting down the days until Jason Bourne comes out and I will be looking forward to your review!

    • It is a pleasure meeting you and thank you for the comments and kind words. Like you I cannot wait for Jason Bourne; in fact, Matt is hosting a special about the movie this Saturday on NBC I believe. Once the movie comes out we will have to compare feelings. Thanks again.

      • thanks for the heads up on the NBC special – I think I missed it – but I have seen some snippets of other interviews. He is making the rounds.

        and from the trailer – it looks like we have the action, writing, music, and filming that is similar to the first three- and love the line “Just because you remember, doesn’t mean you know.” and Jason replies “tell me.”
        anyhow, thanks for “your” reply and have a nice week

      • also – I know seems like we just met – but I did share “some comments” with you a while back – maybe 2014 – but it has been a while…..

      • Oh, oh am I starting to et “sometimers?” I have to say though I have been overwhelmed by the responses I have received to my reviews.

      • ha! have a great weekend

      • Thank you and the best to you.

  5. I wanted to like it. I wanted it to be good. I ended up with the same score as you. Disappointing.

  6. I thought the movie was fun. I may have walked into the theater with lower expectations than you did. So I was pleasantly surprised.

  7. I can’t say I’m surprised to hear you had a somewhat bland experience…There are very few remakes out there that have an ounce of inspiration behind them. I will eventually see this movie because the original was such a big part of my childhood. But like many other commenters, I will wait until someone lets me borrow the DVD. I love the fact that they decided to make an all female version of Ghostbusters, but if they thought that was all they needed to make this a gem, I’m sure they were dead wrong.

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