Ghostbusters: Classic movie's reboot divides our critics

WHO YA GONNA CALL: The new Ghostbusters movie is now showing at the Moncrieff.
WHO YA GONNA CALL: The new Ghostbusters movie is now showing at the Moncrieff. Contributed


I REALLY, really wanted to like the new Ghostbusters movie.

Reading all the negative publicity, I wondered if it was a result of having the four female leads or if it really was just a bad movie.

With a cast that includes Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, how bad could it be?

Well, I now no longer need to wonder. I've seen it and I wasn't terribly impressed.

Both of these hilarious leading women seem to have been robbed of any chance to be even amusing.

Wiig is set up as some kind of straight guy to McCarthy's exuberant ghostbuster persona.

But to be honest they both kind of come off as straight guys.

Their roles do not deliver many laughs and the ongoing gag with Wiig getting plastered with slime every few minutes, I'm sorry, but it's been done.

The original film was wacky and weird and creative.

It had a heart and delightful wit.

This reboot is soulless.

The only bits that I really enjoyed were the cameos from the original movie.

Bill Murray plays a sceptic, which, if played out and done right, could have been hilarious.

So what do they do at the first sign that something in the movie might be working?

They get rid of it.

They kill Murray off in yet another scene that I'm sure was meant to make me laugh but instead made me long for the original Ghostbusters.

Plenty has been said about how funny Chris Hemsworth is as the secretary in the remake.

Again, I just don't see it.

Playing that stupid for two long hours quickly becomes incredibly unfunny. Annoying I think is the word I'll use.

There's one bit where Wiig is overlooking Hemsworth's obvious flaws as a secretary to insist that he be hired.

Now in the right hands, even the most overplayed scenario can be funny.

But there was nothing to separate the scene from the thousands of times we've seen it play out previously.

I'm just so disappointed.


FOR REVIEW AND PREVIEW PURPOSES ONLY. Chris Hemsworth in a scene from the movie Ghostbusters. Supplied by Sony Pictures.
FOR REVIEW AND PREVIEW PURPOSES ONLY. Chris Hemsworth in a scene from the movie Ghostbusters. Supplied by Sony Pictures. Hopper Stone


IF YOU are in two minds about the new Ghostbusters movie, I suggest you do yourself a massive favour and go see it.

Nothing can compare to the original, with Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson firing on all four cylinders.

We watched it then or when we were young, and it created an unbreakable connection.

This reboot features a who's who of female comedians: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones in similar roles to those above.

I've been apprehensive since the new Ghostbusters was first announced, which explains why it took so long for me to see it.

It was amazing.

No, Ghostbusters will never win an Academy Award for Best Picture, nor will it win a major gong for screenwriting or acting.

But I was entertained for more two hours, I hurt from laughing at their silly jokes and goofiness, and I'd gladly go back again.

Chris Hemsworth was magnificent: for those who have seen it, the saxophone joke, the glasses and the credits were some of the funniest moments on screen in a long time.

I have to disagree with my colleague over the slime jokes: it happened like three times, and no more than it did in the original two.

Make sure you hang around for the post-credits scene as there's a little nugget of gold for fans of the originals.

Go on a Tuesday when it's slightly cheaper to lessen your risk and restrict the complaints about wasted money if you don't like it.

It is one of those films that you will either love or hate: there is no middle ground.

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