Reel Reviews: New Ghostbusters is enjoyable as its own entity

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It is no secret that a lot of the hype (or is it anti-hype?) surrounding the new “Ghostbusters” film had a lot to do with the negativity from a lot of internet users, swearing that this film will “ruin their childhoods” and how it will never measure up to the original film.

A lot of the negativity comes from the Internet Movie Database, YouTube, Facebook and other sources on the internet, with users blasting this movie to shreds and also going so far as to say that whoever praises this movie is paid by Sony. It did not help that movie fans also got some backlash from the film’s director, Paul Feig, and one of the lead actresses, Melissa McCarthy.

Of course, a lot of negative reactions started before the first trailer debuted in March. When it was announced that the main cast will consist of women, a lot of people were upset about it. A lot of people who were generally opposed to this were labelled misogynists because of it. However, some female critics on YouTube also critiqued the trailers and gave them negative feedback on it.

Then again, a hate train is often formed when a remake or reboot is set to be released. It was like that for the remakes to “Robocop,” “Total Recall,” “Point Break” and many others. What a lot of moviegoers don’t realize is that remakes have been a staple in the film industry for many years, not to mention that there are remakes that are also considered good.

Amidst all of the venom on the internet, I personally took this film with a grain of salt and was willing to give this film a chance from the beginning. In the end the only thing that really matters is whether the film was good or bad. So did the trailers give off the wrong impression? Or were they accurate in how the film would actually look? With that being said, this film is far from bad.

The plot of this film is as simple as it gets. Paranormal activity starts occurring in New York City and four women are the first to discover this. They study it and decide to form a group in battling the supernatural. What causes this activity is the work of Rowan North, portrayed by Neil Casey, who plots to unleash the undead into the world.

Going into this movie, I decided to treat it as its own film, not to compare and contrast to the two “Ghostbusters” film that came out decades ago. Having done that, this film was actually enjoyable. Having seen a couple of Feig’s other films before, like “The Heat” and “Spy,” I saw that this film followed a similar formula to the style of comedy. Some of the best scenes in this film involved Kate McKinnon’s character, Jillian Holtzmann, who was portrayed as a quirky individual and the oddball of the team. Her character seemed like it could have belonged in a different film altogether, but it didn’t bother me. The same could be said about Chris Hemsworth’s character of Kevin, the inept receptionist. Being that I am used to seeing him playing as Thor, I could not imagine Hemsworth doing comedy, but he had some funny moments.

Also, the other actresses like McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones all worked well together onscreen.

The special effects were kind of a miss, though. I am not against CGI like a lot of people are, but when looking at the ghosts, they had certain type of glow to them. In a lot of ways, the effects of the ghosts made the movie look a bit like a light show. It was, however, nice to see a few nods to the original films with the appearances of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and Slimer, and also some cameos from the original cast such as Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and a few others. It was also a nice touch to see a bust that looked like the late Harold Ramis in one scene.

This film does not deserve all of the hate that it has been getting. In the end, “Ghostbusters” turned out to be better than one would think. If you decide to watch this, put aside all the nostalgia for the original films and a lot of fun can be had. It may not be like the original 1984 film, but in my opinion, it was not supposed to. On its own, it’s an entertaining movie.

Score: 3.5/5

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About Emanuel Espinoza (11 Articles)
Emanuel is a (photo)journalist, writer, photographer, comic/movie nerd and a hip-hop fan. He has experience writing for a college newspaper and a community newspaper. He has a passion for the arts and likes to cover things related to that subject.

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