To understand my thoughts on Ghostbusters 2016, you need to understand my thoughts on the current climate of remaking classic movies in general.
At first, I didn’t join the chorus of critics sayin’ ‘another remake’. I get that they’re pointless / unnecessary, but technically all movies are unnecessary. I’ve always wished, though – and I stand by this – that if you’re going to remake a movie, remake one that didn’t get it right the first time. Remake Plan 9 From Outer Space, not Psycho. Also, calling them all reboots, or some other fancy name, doesn’t impress me.
I watched the Psycho remake; I bought A Nightmare On Elm Street on DVD. I bought Peter Jackson’s King Kong, but sold it later.
After a while, the remakes started to pile up. There were so many, and they all looked generic and uninteresting. It got to the stage where I mentioned an 80s movie to a friend; he said ‘I’m surprised they’re not remaking that one’. I answered: ‘I watched a trailer for the remake this morning.’ (The movie was Robocop, for the record.)
I’ve never seen the new versions of Robocop, Total Recall, Poltergeist… They just look so bland that they simply haven’t grabbed my interest – like they’re trying to do versions of the movies with all the fun, colour, imagination and originality sucked out of them.
So when the trailer for Ghostbusters dropped, it surprised me. It actually looked fun. It even looked like it had its own personality.
So, one day, I did go to the movies to watch it. At the time, I was so drowsy I expected to fall asleep during the movie; and yet, it kept me awake, which was an achievement in and of itself that day, and proves it was definitely entertaining.
It started with a few jokes that I laughed at (but nobody else in the audience did). It put me in a good frame of mind.
Then we met the characters. I found them all likeable and fun; Holtzmann is my kind of crazy.
When the actual story kicked off, the jokes were less fun for me. At one point, everyone else in the audience laughed at a joke that I didn’t – it was funny, but I’d seen it a dozen times in the trailers. Maybe they hadn’t seen them?
The movie continued in that vein; four likeable, fun characters in a bland film. Never dull, but never inspiring either.
The ghosts in it looked amazing, though. I loved their first ghost – she was just awesome, and easily my favourite – but the rest, with modern CGI, were still amazing.
The remix of the Ray Parker, Jr. theme is as bad as you’ve heard, but that’s the only really bad thing about it.
Overall, the movie is just four characters in search of a film: a solid ‘meh’. Entertaining enough, definitely worth a watch, but in the end forgettable.