I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts: Ghostbusters 2016 Review


Ghostbusters 2016 has received a lot of backlash before the movie has even been released. The fact that they are rebooting a fanboy worshipped movie and they are replacing the lead characters with women, feels like you threatened to kill their family. People are up in arms.

The trailer has received the most dislikes in Youtube history. Most of the comments in the comment section are mixed. Some say that this will be the worst movie ever! While any positive comment in the section is claimed to be “bots” paid by Sony to promote the movie.

The movie itself received a 74% by Rotten Tomatoes. It obviously pales in to the original (97% by Rotten Tomatoes) but it isn’t that bad. Reviews by critics are mostly good. They, too, admit that it isn’t as good as the original but it is a good movie. There are a few that contradict the good reviews but it is mixed enough that you should give it a go, yourself.

Estranged friends, Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) and Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) reunited when paranormal events start happening around modern New York. They are joined by nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) and MTA employee and New York expert Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones).

The four actresses work really well together and play off of each other. Honestly, they are not really played as “women,”except for a few girl jokes at the end of the movie by the villain, they are just played as people. The main complaint about this reboot is that it is nazi feminism at work but it really isn’t the case.

Kristin Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones are just great comedians that are able to work well together. They could have continued with men for this reboot but honestly, what male comedians work well together now? Only ones that come to mind are Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill, Jason Segel and other stoner comedians. We can all agree that is not the direction you want to take for this Ghostbusters.

I am not really biased towards to original since I haven’t seen it in a really long time. The special effects were okay, they were exaggerated a bit but they were enjoyable. They did something a little different, where some people might find cheesy but I liked. The effects and 3D bled into the black framing around the picture. It was a cool effect that no one has really done in modern time. The first time you see it, it catches you off guard.

The plot itself isn’t mind blowing but its meant as a comedy and comedy plots are not always too strong. Holtz is by far my favorite character. She is over the top, goofy but crazy smart. Some say, McKinnon played it too over the top but I think that was her draw. Some compared her to a caricatured Doc Brown.

Some say Patty was played as a stereotypical black women and honestly, I didn’t see it. Maybe I’m being naive or maybe I was too absorbed in the 3D but she was played as a smart but realistic person. Yes, Patty wasn’t a scientist, physicist, or a nuclear engineer but she is smart. I am not going to say “street smart” because that doesn’t accurately describe her. She has more than common sense, she is knowledgeable of the city she lives in and is great at problem solving.

The big problem of this movie is that it is continuously compared to the original. It is rare when the reboot surpasses the original. Especially when the original is held so dear. If this Ghostbusters wasn’t a reboot and was an original, I think a lot of people would like it more. Unfortunately, this movie might be overpowered by all the negative press.

I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts: Ghostbusters 2016 Review

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