Review: Ghostbusters (2016)

Review: Ghostbusters (2016)Ghostbusters by Paul Feig
Released by Sony on 14 July 2016
Genres: Comedy
Length: 1h 56m
Source: Seen in cinema
Cast: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Neil Casey.

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Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.

Let me start off by saying that this is the first Ghostbusters movie that I have seen in my life, so I cannot and will not compare it to the older ones. I also know about the shitstorm that this movie has gotten, and to be honest I do not give a damn about that either. (Please keep in mind that this review is my personal opinion).

I have to admit, I wasn’t that interested in this movie until I found out Chris Hemsworth was playing in it. Because I just love him as an actor and yeah just look at him, come on. So yeah, when I saw the trailer for this in the cinema, I wasn’t really convinced, but we went to see it nonetheless (because Pathé Unlimited, hell yeah).

Ghostbusters tells the story of Erin, Abby, Jillian and Patty who team up to fight the many ghosts that have seemed to pop up in New York. They find out someone is trying to create a portal that will summon more (evil) spirits to the city, and they have to try and stop him before the city is doomed.

Personally, I enjoyed the concept. I am a sucker for ghost stories (although my heart definitely can’t handle them very well), but this movie just completely managed to not entertain me all too much. It was too much of a comedy rather than a ghost story, and that is just totally not my thing. Most of the jokes that were in the movie I had already seen in the trailers, so that was also a bit of a shame. There were a couple of jokes that I found funny, but yeah I don’t know. The funniest scene by far was during the end credits View Spoiler »

I honestly didn’t like any of the characters that much. I didn’t really relate to any of them, and after a while, I just started to get annoyed by some of them. I had no idea why they decided to make Holtzman this way because her characters was honestly so frustrating to me. I guess I liked Patty, but other than her, I didn’t particularly felt anything for any of the characters. I mean I liked Kevin, but that was because he was played by Chris Hemsworth. And I liked Bennie, who delivered the food at least three times in the movie because it’s Dopinder from Deadpool (the taxi driver). I guess it just had something to do with the fact that I did not know any of the other actors at all, or at least hadn’t seen any movies with them in it.

What I did really like were the ghosts and the fight at the end. A lot of people will probably hate on the ghosts because they looked too CGI, but I enjoyed it (although they would have looked scarier if they had been more ghost-like than hologram-like, idk); and I just really enjoyed that end fight with all the different types of weapons that the busters used. View Spoiler » I also really liked the 3D in the movie (wow me liking 3D?) because in some parts, the effects would pile over into the black bars around the movie (d’you get what I mean? I made this ugly edit to show you what I mean!).

So yeah, I kind of enjoyed Ghostbusters, but in my opinion, it’s not the most amazing movie of the year. The effects were really cool, but I just didn’t really like any of the characters at all. I do recommend this movie to fans of the original movies, so just go and see it (and in 3D because of those effects). Also, apparently there is an end credit scene, which we completely missed. So if you are going, don’t leave before the credits are over!

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