I’m gonna throw some movies at ya that premiered in 1984: The Karate Kid, Gremlins, Beat Street, Breakin’, Purple Rain, The Terminator, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Sixteen Candles, and my favorite – Beverly Hills Cop…just to name a few! Dayum, that was a loooooong time ago. Out of all those films, there was one I didn’t mention – Ghostbusters. I remember vividly where I was when I saw it, too. My mom dropped me off at the mall and told me to be in front of the theater when she came back to pick me up. I got my ticket, entered the theater, bought some gummy bears and got ready for the movie. Now, I promised myself I’d NEVER tell anyone this story, but we fam, right? Right?? Ok, so, I had a Jheri Curl back then. I was a HUGE Michael Jackson fan. Anyway, so, I sat down, minding my own business, and all of a sudden, a guy sits beside me. I always sit in the seat next to the aisle, even to this day so I have room to move around if something jumps off. The dude puts him arm around my chair and says, “Yo, what’s your name?” I jumped up and immediately stood in the aisle and said, “Man, WHAT?!” The dude, with a surprised look on this face, says “Oh shyt, man, I’m sorry. I thought you was a girl!” I was embarrassed as hell. I watched the movie, ate my gummy bears, and when my mom came to pick me up, I told her to take me directly to the barber shop to cut this dayum curl off! Now, in 2016, there’s a new “Ghostbusters” film, and I’m rockin’ a baldhead. Will this reboot be as entertaining as the original, or will it need to be cut from theaters like my Jheri Curl? Let’s go!
The slogan “Who you gonna call?” has been updated with “Answer the call.” for the new reboot of 2016’s “Ghostbusters”. The premise is the same: Ghosts are threatening to take over the world and it’s up to four heroes to stop them. This time, the heroes are played by women. Melissa McCarthy is scientist and paranormal expert Abby Yates, Kristen Wiig is scientist and paranormal expert Erin Gilbert, Kate McKinnon is a gadget-guru Jillian Holtzman, and Leslie Jones is New York Transit worker Patty Tolan. Together they are – drumroll please – The Ghostbusters! Many people have been anticipating this movie, and many more have formed opinions about it without even seeing it yet. Well, I saw it Friday night and I can tell you this much: It’s…aiight. Many movies about ghosts and spirits were made even before the original “Ghostbusters” debuted in ’84. What made that version groundbreaking was the fact that it was a comedy about capturing ghosts in an elaborate way and the special effects were amazing for that time period. In this newer version, the technology has changed but it kinda mirrors the original movie. Nothing else seems fresh. The characters are different, obviously, with each one bringing new flavor to the table, but in terms of this movie being better than the first one, there’s not the spark that I was hoping for.
The plot has a villain wanting to conquer earth by unleashing ghosts. Ok, cool. All of this is happening while our main characters are getting to know each other and discover why New York is experiencing a paranormal infestation like a rodent problem. I get that, too. Here’s where the problems occur. All of these actors are funny, no doubt about that. The script doesn’t allow all of them to be funny. McCarthy’s character is bland. Wiig’s character is corny most of the time. McKinnon plays the weird one but she’s one-dimensional. A character with those traits should shine more but she’s reserved. When you’re that reserved, at least have some hilarious lines, but she doesn’t. Leslie Jones as Patty has the best lines out of the movie. She is the standout. As a matter of fact, she and co-star Chris Hemsworth, who pretty much plays the gorgeous idiot, carry this movie. The villain isn’t as menacing as you would like, and although it’s 2016, the special effects come off as cartoonish. There are some cameos, and even those seem a little out of place. The movie feels rushed. There is a big climax and the overall chemistry is ok. There’s a problem with the pacing of this movie. I do think the kids will enjoy this movie. The remake isn’t really better than the original, but it’s not a bad film, either. If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, you can call these Ghostbusters, but just make sure you have some games on your phone when their busting ghosts because it might get a tad bit boring.
Here’s where I think “Ghostbusters” messed up…marketing. The trailers had us believing this would be a funny, CGI-filled remake with some of today’s funniest actors. This movie is really geared toward kids. You remember “The Haunted Mansion” starring Eddie Murphy? “Ghostbusters” is that but with a bigger budget. As I said, it’s not bad. The actors don’t deserved to bashed the way they have and if anyone is criticizing this movie for having a female leading cast, they’re a bunch of phuckin’ idiots. The script and directing hinder this movie. I’m giving “Ghostbusters” a morning/midday co-sign. If the kids have done their chores or if their favorite cousins and friends are in town for summer vacation, drop them off to see it. Just make sure none of ‘em have Jheri curls.