Originally published 7/17/16 this was my last post before my 2 year hitaus but it also happens to be my most read post ever and the one I received a lot of positive feedback from. When I wrote this I had a lot of mixed feelings about this. I was very angry at the way everyone in the company or connected to the film handled theirselves in the build up to the film as you read below you will see my anger. On the other hand the blu-ray release that features the extended cut of the film fixed some of the issues with the film but not all. IDW comics also released a crossover comic with the original team that was a fun read and what I more hoped this film to be
I like to start off with saying normally my movie or TV reviews do not contain many spoilers but I feel I can't write this review without spoiling something so. WARNING WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS so with that said lets get this started........
Going into this I have heard and seen the war between the fans and Sony. In the end after seeing this movie I have lost all respect for Paul Feig who trashed everyone who had any issues with this film then later retracting any statements he had made. Next time Mr. Feig if you don't want us complaining about your film making. Make an Original great film and don't say that all who dislike the film are misogynist. Which I will explain below one of great things that saved your "just OK film" was the four talented female leads and if you and your writing partner knew what you are doing this would have the potential from being an OK film to begin a great film.
OK rant over! Ghostbusters had many issues from pacing to hit you over the head references from the original. It would have been cool if they placed a cleaver nod here and there but they went completely overboard by the time you saw the haunted Stay Puft Marshmallow Man balloon you were burnt out. Some of the cameos were under used especially Ozzy Osbourne's. The plot borrowed heavily from the original 1984 film and the 2009 video game. And that everyone in the film except the Ghostbusters were portrayed to be idiots or very petty. And the trailers and clips used on talk shows appearances ruined many big moments that would have worked better as surprises. The last thing is I wish it took place in the same universe as the original. I honestly think it would have been a much better film
Believe it or not they're things I liked including. Like how the four leads play off each other. The main villain was pretty cool. He wanted to end the world with ghost for his own needs. The best way to describe him was he was a combination of Dr. Janosez Poha from the second film Gozer and Ivo Shandor from the original and the video game with a little bit of Walter Peck sprinkled in.
And the sequence of Slimmer stealing the not Ecto 1 Ecto 1(no that wasn't a typo) was very amusing followed by the line that Dr. Yates(McCarthy) afterwards that made me laugh. Despite what the trailers showed we did see a few funny moments. The transformation of the main villain was a cool sequence as well.
If a sequel is made I would prefer them to tie both universes together like the X-men did with days of future past which is possible. In Dan Aykroyd's original treatment for the original he had the Ghostbusters time traveling and dimension hopping something that Gozer From the original has done in the comics,video games, and even referenced to in the first film. The knowledge that the cab driver(Aykroyd) has of what's going on and the end credit name drop hints at this
My final verdict is this movie was OK if not decent. It was however better than Ghostbusters 2. It had both good and bad but I hope of anything that this film is successful Sony works more with the people behind the original film and tell Paul Feig and his writing and editing staff to go f**k their selves. So on that note until next time......