Ghostbusters 3D

Ghostbusters 3D

(2016)

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The third Ghostbusters film - a reboot from Bridemaids director Paul Feig and two of its stars, Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. They are joined by Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth.... More

Another Ghostbusters movie has long been speculated (the originals were made in 1984 and '89), spearheaded by co-creator Dan Akroyd. After years of failed attempts, rumours suggest Sony Pictures are now planning a series of inter-connected Ghostbusters movies to follow, with Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt potentially headlining a follow-up to Feig's.Hide

Flicks Review

I was beyond excited when it was announced that Paul Feig was rebooting Ghostbusters with a handful of my favourite comedians. And naturally I was shocked that such a large chunk of the movie-watching world objected to the premise. I very much wanted this film to be so transcendental, so side-splittingly funny, that those people would melt on the floor of their parents’ basements in remorse.... More

But we didn’t get that. What we have instead is a very good, very funny, big dumb blockbuster. And I’m perfectly OK with that.

In previous comedies (Bridesmaids, The Heat) Feig’s talent has been in letting his leads’ individual comedic talents shine through. They aren’t ‘lady-versions’ of the original - instead, 2016’s ‘busters are a lovable team of outcasts in their own right.

It’s a cast that’s perhaps funnier across the board than the original, barring Bill Murray - the straitlaced one (Kristin Wiig), the paranormal-loving one (Melissa McCarthy), and the sassy transit worker (Leslie Jones). Of the quartet, it’s Kate McKinnon’s aggressively-weird mad-inventor Holtzmann that steals the picture, while even Chris Hemsworth as dumb, hunky receptionist Kevin has more fun with it than Janine ever did.

Faults lie not in the casting but in Feig’s devotion to the original. Some elements are incorporated cleverly, from cast cameos to the old firehouse. Even the logo gets its own origin story. There are stand out set-pieces, and our creepy villain’s final form is a clever twist, but considering the progress made in special effects since 1984, I was expecting the ghosts to be nothing short of spectacular.

It’s worth your money and I hope, if nothing else, come Halloween when girls ask for the Ghostbusters costume they get handed a jumpsuit and a goddamned Proton Pack instead of the “sexy” version.Hide


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Honestly, if you’re upset that Hollywood dared remake a classic then you need to get out more. Heck they’ve remade BEN HUR (again), done another STAR WARS (again), another MAGNIFICENT 7 (again, again), and by the time I finish this sentence they’ll have rebooted the BATMAN, TRANSFORMERS and SPIDER-MAN franchises again (again).

If you’re upset that the leads are played by women? Well, then that’s just straight up crazy misogynist bullpoop. The only thing to be upset about this third... More GHOSTBUSTERS is that, well, at the end of the day the plot, the villain and, as a result, the entire third act finale just ain’t very good. That’s it.

That aside? The characters are fine. Some of the gags are amusing. Some fall flat. Some are so one-note they tire very quick, (yeah, Chris THOR Hemsworth as a dumb blonde hunk with no brain is fun, but after a while it gets kinda old kinda fast).

The stand out star is Kate McKinnon, who simply rocks her role in what’s bound to be a star-making appearance. Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig do their thing and do it well, and, when she’s not Shouty McShout-Shout, Leslie Jones is fun too.

Director (and co-writer) Paul Feig delivers, (as he did in SPY, BRIDESMAIDS and THE HEAT), a comedy that works best when the characters are interacting and having fun. A bit like THE AVENGERS, where the best bits can often be the ensemble just chilling and chatting, rather than the convoluted action and effects-stuffed CGI finales we’ve come to expect of blockbusters these days (yawn).

So, is it fun? Yeah. But, is great? Nope. But what it does is set up room for a sequel with some cool characters we’ll welcome back, in the hope that next time out, they get a decent story and an opponent worthy of the big budget fireworks finale that’s hard to invest in, care about or root for when it barely makes any sense.

Still, as popcorn munching distractions go? S’all good in the GHOSTBUSTERS hood. Just not worth it for the no-great-shakes 3D.Hide


BY Booper superstar

Seeing the trailer for this the last few months has been torture. Not in anticipation for this film coming out - but because the trailer is AWFUL. The movie, however was great. Perfectly paced, actually funny with some pretty expensive looking special effects. I however have not seen the original or only seen it as a small child. It was nice to see cameos from the original crew. Not worth seeing in 3D though.


The Press Reviews

78% of critics recommend.
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  • Though hats are respectfully doffed, this is a four-woman show, deftly managed to allow all the leads a chance to showcase their own distinct brands of comedy. Full Review

  • Here’s a summer movie starring a girl squad proud of its big brains and tacky jumpsuits. You could call that a supernatural event in itself. Full Review

  • It's all busy-ness, noise and chaos, with zero thrills and very little sustainable comic buoyancy. Full Review

  • Both funnier and scarier than Ivan Reitman’s 1984 original, [although it] doesn’t do nearly enough to innovate on what has come before. Full Review

  • For all its warm-hearted fun, well-crafted thrills, careful nostalgia and girl-powered gadgetry, this fast-paced family film doesn't always feel like a natural fit for Hollywood's favourite genre-bender. Full Review

  • The 2016 vintage of Ghostbusters speaks to its time with the same withering comic accuracy and hot-air-balloon-sized sense of fun as the 1984 original. Full Review

  • The new, cheerfully silly "Ghostbusters" is that rarest of big-studio offerings - a movie that is a lot of enjoyable, disposable fun. Full Review

  • While the dialogue doesn't labour the point, this is a film about women brought together by a shared intellectual passion, shrugging off the mostly male authority figures who try to put them in their place. Full Review