Paul Feig’s new female power remake of Ghostbusters lacks a good villain and some much needed jokes
Ghostbusters follows ghostbusters, Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) and Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wig), as they try to save New York city from evil ghosts. This film is a remake of the 1984 Ghostbusters and is Paul Feig’s predecessor to Spy also starring Melissa McCarthy.
The movie sold this Ghostbusters remake as a feminist movie. This was partly true as the strength of this movie comes from the incredible performances by Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones with the latter being the better. They’re funny, likeable female leads. The audience truly cares about them and are curious to know more about them. They work well as “ghostbusters” and show that women can also be ghostbusters.
However, the leads are let down by some hit and miss writing and seemingly always McCarthy getting the short end of the stick. She had by far the most horrible jokes only being beaten by Chris Hemsworth who has greatly miss-casted here. McCarthy never gets to shine because her writing is continuously terrible. The other actresses do get some misses but they don’t get them as often as McCarthy.
To comment on women’s painful reality on the internet was genius. Not only was it a response to being the most disliked movie trailer on Youtube, but it was a smart inclusion to an all-female cast. The movie shows the internet as a tool to try and stop the all-female ghostbusters. This added feature was smart and perfectly captured.
The relationship between McCarthy and Wig, while being a great idea, never seemed fully executed. Throughout the movie, they try to throw an added back story that just seems forced. From there on, the movie just takes it as it is only to come back to it at the very end without any emotional baggage. It feels forced and pushed down our throats.
Ghostbusters’ main villain was easily forgettable. The movie failed to make its villain relevant and it just felt like he was placed there. He was the cliché villain that wants to destroy the world without any real motive behind his actions. It was just a sloppy way of throwing a villain in a movie that really didn’t need one. This was an excuse to copy the first one giving the original had a good and relevant bad guy.
Even with a very talented cast, Ghostbusters can’t spit out enough laughs to acknowledge its existence. The writing is where the movie falls and unfortunetly it never picks itself up. Though, McKinnon and Jones do find a way to lighten the remake up with some great joke delivery. All in all though, the Ghostbuster is yet another pointless remake.
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