GHOSTBUSTERS (2016) 2.5 STARS (out of 5)

ghostbusters-2016-movie-posterDisappointed, is the best word to describing the re-do of GHOSTBUSTERS.

It is not because it isn’t funny. It is. It is not because the cast is not uniformly good. They are. It is not going to make a lot of money. Oh, yes it will. Sony Pictures is going to clean-up. So why the disappointment?

Start with Donald Trump, before he declared his presidential candidacy. He posted an inter-net video in which he said, “Now they’re making ‘Ghostbusters’ with only women. What’s going on?” Ivan Reitman’s 1984 comedy block-buster is a classic. There was and is only one team starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and the late Harold Ramis. There is only one Marshmallow Man. So why mess with it?

Almost every moviegoer is aware that once the announcement was made in January of 2015 — that there would be an all-female “Ghostbusters”, the criticism began. Social media screamed that it never should have been remade nor its female principal cast was a concession to political correctness. According to YouTube, the GHOSTBUSTERS trailers have recorded more than one million negative votes. Give me a break!

Paul Feig, who directed the marvelous BRIDESMAIDS (2011) was so careful to respect Ivan Reitman’s 1984 work, that he misses the mark. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones (underused) and Kate McKinnon (who steals the movie) just cannot escape the legacy left by Murray, Aykroyd, Hudson and Ramis. After you see the movie, you will understand why. Chris Hemsworth, playing the dumb assistant to the four women, is the target of ongoing sexual harassment. Turn around is fair play? Get the joke?

Unfortunately, Feig and his co-writer Katie Dippold in my opinion have missed the boat. This should have been a better movie. They just could not let go of the original one. Remember that the 1984 film was written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis.

If you bring the kids with you, in this GHOSTBUSTERS the ghosts are pretty scary, especially in 3D. I also think towards the end, the film falls apart and loses its comedy.

Those of you who consistently read my reviews know that when there is something special in the end credits, I always urge you to stay in your seat and remain until the lights come up. The creative end credits for this film are some of the best you will see.

Rated PG-13. 117 minutes.

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