Movie Review: “Ghostbusters 2016”

“Ghostbusters: Answer the Call” was released on July 15, 2016 by Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures. It was directed by Paul Feig and starred Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth. The movie is a reboot of the original Ghostbusters franchise from the 1980’s.

I rented the movie from my library. I am not being paid for my review. The movie is rated Pg-13.

Movie Summary:

The villain of this film is a bullied genius janitor that works at a local hotel. He is attempting to seek revenge on all those who couldn’t offer him a bit of respect. His main goal is to create a way for spirits to enter the world for him to command. The Ghostbusters figure out what he is doing and make an attempt to stop him. They soon learn that they were not successful and have to stop his ghost army and him at the end.

Movie Trailer: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZAzcEEwkp8)

Rating Legend: 1-Didn’t like it 2-It was alright, 3-I liked it, 4-It was pretty good/well done, 5-It was excellent

Ratings (on a scale of 1-5):

  • Overall: 3
  • Heroine Likability: 2.5
  • Villain: 2.5
  • Plot: 2.5
  • Watch more than once: maybe.

Review:

The movie starts with a tour of a historical mansion in Manhattan. When the curator closes up for the night the first ghost haunting happens. The movie then moves to a university lecture hall where physicist Erin Gilbert practices her lecture. She is approached by someone from the historical mansion for help. He has with him a copy of a book she co-wrote and disowned years ago. From there the characters of physicists Abby Yates, engineer Jillian Holtzmann are introduced. A bit later we meet the fourth woman MTA worker Patty Tolan who joins the group. There is also the dimwitted receptionist/secretary Kevin who gets hired.

The main character Abby seems really anxious to believe in ghosts and to find one. At the start she jumps to the conclusion that the man who visited Erin at the university was a ghost. When it was just a mix-up with his name. The character of Erin however only believes again after she interacts with a real ghost.

Kevin’s character provided some humor to the movie; both before and after he gets possessed. He seems to have a genuine heart and tries. He appears to be dimwitted. Some of it is because Kevin has no filter and seems clueless. Like toward the end of the movie when he smiles and says to two of the female characters, “I love the hair by the way, it makes you look a lot older.”

There are a lot of cameos, including by some of the cast of the 1980’s Ghostbusters. There are also references back to the original movies.

Other items:

  • The movie has a lot of techno-engineering babble.
  • Unneeded running gag involving Chinese food take-out.
  • They did increase the different types of gadgets that the woman had to use in their ghost busting.
  • There was humor, and action in the movie.
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