Review: Ghostbusters

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Atlanta Dragon Con Parade 2010 By: Mike, CC BY 2.0

Atlanta Dragon Con Parade 2010
By: Mike, CC BY 2.0

The new Ghostbusters, a reboot of the original 1984 film of the same name, is unfunny, uninteresting and insulting to the intelligence. The overproduced theme song sets the tone for a very tedious production.

The film is directed by Paul Feig and stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon as the Ghostbusters with Chris Hemsworth as their receptionist. In the latest film the genders of the characters has been swapped but the gimmick adds nothing to the film and notably the villain’s gender has not been changed. Two of the new Ghostbusters are completely unlikable, bickering in early scenes then inexplicably dropping the argument in an instant. Leslie Jones is just accepted into the group, even though she has no scientific knowledge – although the idea that any of the characters do is a stretch too far.

The film itself is full of inconsistencies that insult the viewer. The film may be dumb but what really annoys me is that its director seems to think his audience is even dumber. A prime example is when the Ghostbusters go into prolonged detail about a previous scene as if the writers think the audience will have forgotten it.

The Ecto 1A from Ghostbusters 2! For someone's wedding! By: Elliott Brown, CC BY-SA 2.0

The Ecto 1A from Ghostbusters 2! For someone’s wedding!
By: Elliott Brown, CC BY-SA 2.0

The ‘comedy’ in the film lacks substance, leaning on one-note jokes that are constantly repeated as if repetition defined humour. The film consistently makes lazy references to the original film, with cameos from actors and iconic ghosts from the original but they offer nothing to the plot, thrown in just to the scratch the nostalgic itch of the original Ghostbusters’ fans – more evidence of the film’s creative bankruptcy cemented by the fact that the gender swap is practically the only significant change from the original.

It is difficult to give this film even one star; the cinematography is good in places but not worth writing home about- if that is your thing and you don’t mind sitting through rubbish then you might enjoy Ghostbusters. Otherwise do not watch this film under any circumstances.