Ghostbusters (2016) Movie Review-Part 1- Episode 18

THE WAIT IS OVER!  This week, Brian, John, and Elaine deliver part 1 of our epic Ghostbusters (2016) review.  This movie has been a lighting rod of controversy, setting up a war between fans of the original and Director Paul Feig and cast; with cries of “misogyny” and “femi-nazi” being thrown from various groups over the movie.  This movie is without a doubt the proverbial hornet’s nest of cinema….And we are geared up to kick said hornet’s nest very very hard.  So grab your proton pack, don’t cross the streams, and enjoy part 1 of our epic 2 part review of Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters.  

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Ghostbusters (2016)

Disclaimer
  • In light of the controversial nature of the film, we felt it was necessary to give a bit of a disclaimer on our review.
  • Our review of the film is an HONEST review.  All three of us watched the film and came to our own conclusions.  This is our opinion, you can agree or disagree with it.  But we welcome discorse and debate.
  • Keep in mind, this is only a movie.  If the energry used to battle this movie was used to combat real sexism (ie. pay equality, etc.) a lot of those problems could be dealt with.
Ghostbusters is a “meh” movie
  • Brian and John hated it.
  • Elaine didn’t love it, but also didn’t hate it
  • Not nearly as terrible as the trailers lead us to believe.
Cameos were pointless
  • You could set your watch to the next cameo from an original cast member (estimated around 15-20 mins).
  • Bill Murray quite literally phoned in his performance.
  • Annie Potts was the only good cameo.
  • The cameos took you out of the movie and reminded you that 1. this is in fact a remake.  And 2. that the original is far superior and acts as a cloud over the movie.
Movie says “fuck you” to fans of the original while still marketing to them
  • Studio manufactured the controversy by deleting youtube comments of anyone critical and only allowing sexist comments to pump up the manufactured narrative of sexism.
  • The villain in the movie is the proverbial overweight, pasty, ghostbusters fan that the controversy was based around.
  • To add insult to injury, the villain then turns into a a giant killer version of the Ghostbusters logo that is defeated by being shot in the dick.
Sexism in the film
  • The film does present men as being assholes or idiots.
  • The positive side of this is that it does give male audiences a taste of some of the treatment that women deal with in other films.
  • This does unfortunately get in the way of the story.
Terrible writing and directing
  • The female leads are fantastic comedians in their own right, but are hindered by terrible writing and directing.
  • The movie suffers from very predictable and unfunny writing (ie: queef joke / wanton running gag)
  • Direction is more akin to a Saturday Night Live improv sketch rather than a Ghostbusters movie.
  • Holtzman (Kate McKinnon) shines through a lot of the bullshit, but unfortunately ends up coming across as overly goofy by the middle of the film.
  • There are wasted opportunities to turn the movie into something positive.
    • The mention of the fake ghost adventures tv show in a scene of the movie could have been used to break out into a much more compelling and a better story all around.
PART 2 NEXT WEEK!!!
“Why should I go see Ghostbusters”  By Erin Deer–Medium.com

Ghostbusters (2016)- Trailer #2

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