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Ghostbusters (2016)
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Genre: Comedy
Photography: Robert Yeoman
Running Time: 116 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: July 15, 2016
Directed by: Paul Feig
Written by: Katie Dippold
Paul Feig
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Starring: Mellisa McCarthy
Kristen Wiig
Kate McKinnon
Leslie Jones
Chris Hemsworth

Ghostbusters, also known as Ghostbusters: Answer the Call, is a 2016 American supernatural action comedy film and reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise and the 1984 classic film of the same name. Directed by Paul Feig and written by Katie Dippold and Feig, the film stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones as parapsychologists who start a ghost-catching business in New York City.

The film premiered at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on July 9, 2016, and was released in the United States on July 15, 2016, by Columbia Pictures.

Synopsis

Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates are a pair of unheralded authors who write a book positing that ghosts are real. A few years later, Gilbert lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia University, but her book resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia. When ghosts invade Manhattan, Gilbert reunites with Yates, teaming up with a nuclear engineer, Jillian Holtzmann, and a subway worker, Patty Tolan, to save the world from a mysterious evil and powerful ghost known as Rowan who can exercise control over human forms.

Why It Sucks

  1. Despite the film being a reboot and having improvements that weren't shown in the original film, this film is almost a complete rehash of the original Ghostbusters.
  2. Mediocre to unlikable characters.
    • The main characters are portrayed as completely obnoxious and lack the charisma the original Ghostbusters had in the original 1984 film and its sequel. For example, at one point they steal the equipment needed to build the Proton packs instead of building them from scratch.
    • Kevin (Chris Hemsworth's character) is an annoying comic relief character.
    • Rowan, the antagonist is lame and doesn't come off as scary, even when he's in his ghost form.
  3. Weak writing and acting mixed with tons of pointless pop culture references to better films and TV series.
  4. Mediocre special effects and, in the case of the ghosts, poor green screen effects.
  5. Forced political agendas, where the female characters are considered strong and smart while the male characters are considered weak, dumb and idiotic.
  6. A variety of unfunny, juvenile humor is featured in this film, such as toilet humor and sex jokes.
  7. Blatant product placement (e.g. Pringles, Papa John's Pizza and Coca-Cola).
  8. Pointless cameo appearances by cast members from the original films including Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, and Dan Aykroyd, but not as their original characters.
  9. False advertising: In the trailer, the announcement text mentions the original Ghostbusters, but this film has no connections to the original films. Another misleading header is that despite the film being titled Ghostbusters, the team only busts one ghost and in the climax, the Ghostbusters shred ghosts and are somehow able to kill them.
    • The film was also advertised as a letterbox film, but the green screen effects on the ghosts were put in 16:9 widescreen. There's even an entire scene in the 16:9 widescreen format.
  10. Too many dancing scenes (as pointed out in RedLetterMedia's review) and it gets even worse in the extended cut that makes it longer than 1 or 2 minutes.
  11. The film takes shots at detractors of the movie, which comes off as immature, disrespectful, and abrasive. In one scene, the new Ghostbusters see a comment on YouTube that reads "b*tches ain't be catching ghosts".
    • The film's director (and writer), Paul Feig also acted rather abrasive towards criticism of the film, accusing the detractors of his film of being misogynists and labeling fans of the original films as trolls.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The soundtrack is at least decent, complete with a good cover of the Ghostbusters theme.
  2. A lot of good designs for the ghosts.
  3. The scene at the end where Erin saves Abby from Rowan’s grasp within the portal is admittedly pretty awesome.
  4. The only comment that was funny is when Bill Murray's character tells the new Ghostbusters, "You only lack the proper equipment like a garbage truck to hang onto the back of." After all, their uniforms look like garbage collecting uniforms.

Controversy

When Sony announced that all four of the Ghostbusters were going to be female, the announcement sparked a big controversy. When the original trailer for the film was released on March 3, 2016, it got tons of dislikes and as of right now, it is currently the 19th most disliked YouTube video with 78.04% dislikes. Paul Feig accused haters of the film of being misogynistic towards the cast.

Reception

Despite getting lambasted by fans and audiences alike, the film received positive reviews from critics, with a 74% "Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an average of 6.5 out of 10 and a critic consensus that reads "Ghostbusters does an impressive job of standing on its own as a freewheeling, marvelously cast supernatural comedy -- even if it can't help but pale somewhat in comparison with the classic original." On Metacritic, the film has a Metascore of 60 based on 52 critics and received mostly negative reviews from fans and audiences alike. The user score on Metacritic is a 2.9/10. Film critic Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times awarded the film with a "D-", a one-star rating and described the film as "a horror from start to finish." [1]

Box Office

Ghostbusters opened up at #2 on its opening weekend with a domestic gross of $46 million. In foreign markets, it grossed a total of $100,796,935[2]. Following the #2 opening, the film later dropped down to #5 in week 2, then to #7 in week 3 and at week four it dropped to #9. The film bombed at the box office after getting a box office return of only $128.3 million in the U.S. against its $144 million budget and overall, the film made $229 million worldwide. [3] Sony, which distributed the film, spent over $100 million on marketing and lost at least $70 to $75 million following the film's poor performance at the box office.[4] The film contributed to the $1 billion write-downs of the value of Sony Pictures in January 2017.

Future Sequel or Sequels?

Sony announced that if the film was a hit, there would be sequels. Due to the poor box office results, however, Sony decided to cancel further sequels to the reboot. Despite the cancellation of the sequel, Feig stated in an interview that he still expresses interest in making a sequel.[5]

On January 15, 2019, Sony announced that Ghostbusters: Afterlife (or Ghostbusters III) is finally going to be released on July 10, 2020, and as a result, the rebooted Ghostbusters franchise was officially rendered dead and became non-canon to the franchise. Shortly after the announcement, Smooth Jazz Waluigis and actress Leslie Jones criticized the third Ghostbusters film, claiming it's "sexist" to refuse to acknowledge the reboot, though Jones eventually praised the approach.

One Year Later

On June 4, 2017, almost a year after the film was released, Dan Aykroyd spoke out against Paul Feig, stated that he skipped key scenes from the film assuming they weren't needed and required $30 to $40 million worth of reshoots when test screenings showed they were indeed needed. He later stated that Paul "won't be back on the Sony lot any time soon." [6] In April of the same year, Paul Feig issued an apology on feeding Internet trolls.[7]

Trivia

  • Bill Murray didn't want to return in the original version of this film unless his character was killed off.
  • Rick Moranis was the only original cast member that refused to appear in the 2009 video game, the cancelled third film, as well as this film since he retired from acting many years earlier.
  • The film wasn't screened in China because films involving ghosts are not permitted by the strict Chinese codes on film content.
  • A bust of Harold Ramis is seen in the film.
  • Before the film was made, Amy Pascal, the co-chairman of Sony at the time of the Sony Hack of 2014 asked Paul Feig to make the film, but he declined the offer numerous times.
  • Co-writer Katie Dippold stated that Sony disliked the film in an interview.[8]
  • The Sony Hack of 2014 leaked out the plot.

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Comments


 

AlreadyInUse

9 months ago
Score -8
It's not THAT bad in my opinion.
 

TheInterneto

7 months ago
Score 6
Just the political agendas offended people, mainly.
 

Spongebuff1991

3 months ago
Score 1
If you like it, more power to you.
 

Backman

6 months ago
Score 2
The way some of those who worked on this film has made me refuse to watch it.
 

Spongebuff1991

6 months ago
Score 3
I refuse to see it as well.
 

WageTheGoblin12

5 months ago
Score 4
This film is actually so stupid, it's funny as hell.
 

DJ2006

5 months ago
Score 4
Like what you think of Infinity War?
 

Spongebuff1991

2 months ago
Score 0
If you found it funny, that's good. I didn't care to see the film.
 

Drcynic22

5 months ago
Score 5
I saw it. It was just a bad movie. If it was anything other than a Ghostbusters movie, it would still have been a bad movie. I thought Hemsworth was very good in it and Leslie Jones made me chuckle a couple of times, but overall, it was just not good.
 

Spongebuff1991

5 months ago
Score 6
I give a clap to Rick Moranis for refusing to make an appearance in the film.
 

EijiZeBoi

5 months ago
Score 5

:)

 

PhantomVulture

4 months ago
Score 3
I always thought that Extreme Ghostbusters was bad enough, but this, this is just a disgrace to a legendary franchise.
 

Stephenfisher2001

4 months ago
Score 2

And we still got nine months away from Ghostbusters III.

Screw the reboot. Ghostbusters (2016) Otherwise, The fake Ghostbusters III.
 

SkyBlueYoshi

4 months ago
Score 2

An all Female Ghostbusters..... Why Though

Made worse is the fact that they're an all female cast is the only defining character trait they have

So in other words its diversity first and character second
 

Masson Thief

3 months ago
Score 0
A common problem nowadays.
 

Animdude64

3 months ago
Score 3
As if the film wasn't controversial enough, my stepdad really think this movie is tied into the original series. Even when the Afterlife trailer came out, I keep telling him that this is the 3rd film in the franchise, but not the 3rd in the timeline. He just refuses to listen and believes I'm usually my "flawed logic". My stepdad clearly doesn't know the differences between a sequel and a remake. He doesn't even wanna learn the differences between the two. Bottom line, criticism does not equal sexism.
 

Masson Thief

3 months ago
Score 1
Of course not, but this fallacious reasoning has been used to counter criticism against the movie.
 

Stephenfisher2001

3 months ago
Score 2
Ghostbusters II is actually better than this. :)
 

Spongebuff1991

3 months ago
Score 2
Agreed!
 

Stephenfisher2001

one month ago
Score 1
Even though Ghostbusters II wasn't well-received by critics, Ghostbusters II will always still be better than the 2016 one. :)
 

PhantomVulture

3 months ago
Score 1
Me too.
 

Spongebuff1991

3 months ago
Score 1
In terms of popular '80s films and or franchises, I grew up with the Back to the Future films before I saw the '80s Ghostbusters films. I also grew up with the Indiana Jones films.
 

Glitchmaster

25 days ago
Score 1
When will the actual 3 come out?
 

FreezingTNT

25 days ago
Score 0
In a few months.
 

Spongebuff1991

16 hours one minute ago
Score 0
If Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert were still alive and saw this, both critics would slam the film hard. Speaking of which, does " Siskel and Ebert Would Be Embarrassed" be a potential for a book title?

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