Ghostbusters (2016)

October 25, 2016 at 5:14 pm | Posted in 2016 | Leave a comment
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Well, if there is one advantage to a long flight, it is that I can catch up on the mediocre movies that I almost wanted to see in the theaters. There is really little to say about this reboot of the 1984 classic. Certainly, the crew of incredibly talented comedians have the right dynamic mix to make a successful comedy and there were times each of the 4 women really made me laugh. In fact, I did laugh multiple times over the almost 2 hour running time. I just didn’t laugh as much as I recall laughing the first time around. Perhaps, that was because I am not a teenager, anymore. Or, perhaps that was because I had seen so many of these gags before. It was sometimes hard to decide when specific scenes, characters, or lines were an homage to the original and when they were just lazy rip-offs. In fact, in the homage department, we got cameos from every single one of the (still living) major actors from the original: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Sigourney Weaver. Their roles were tiny and added nothing but nostalgia, which is not a bad thing, unless it reminds the audience of how much better the original was. And this is the problem. This was a relatively fun and funny film. The actresses are all charming and their dynamic worked, with Kristen Wiig playing the “straight man” around whom the other three spun their own goofy brands of humor. They are all easy enough to watch for 2 hours; I just wouldn’t go out of my way to do it.

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