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Jun 10 2017

Film Review: Ghostbusters (2016)

The kids were keen to see this at the pictures when it came out some months back, but somehow or other, we managed to avoid it.

I picked it up on DVD as part of a two for a tenner offer last week, and – having watched it this weekend – I’m glad I hadn’t shelled out for a family ticket at the Odeon.

Because it’s a terrible film.

To mark it out as different from the original, it has four women as the main protagonists, and they are all a bit zany and playing it for laughs, but it was only the lone male (Chris Hemsworth) who managed to get more than a snigger from me.

Yes, it has plenty of one-liners, and some of them were pretty good… but most of them just failed to deliver.

The special-effects are – of course – a big step up from the original, but that’s about the only point on which it betters its predecessor. Obviously, as a reboot, it lacks the originality of the erm… original, but for me, it also lacked the charm and the humour.

The best bits for me were the music – which did remain faithful to the 1984 version – and the cameo roles from the remaining members of the original Ghostbusting team.

The original Ghostbusters film has stood the test of time and is still very watchable today. Sony should have left well alone.

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  1. Juliette

    I’m not a fan if reboots myself. I like cowboy boots though.

    1. Masher

      And rightly so: you’d look daft in a pair of reboots!

  2. Brennig

    I saw it. The film left me feeling a bit flat. It was a fair attempt at a remake, but that’s about it. Fair.

    1. Masher

      I think you’re being more than fair.

      It’s a shame, because, with the right people around it, it could have been good.

      But hey, who you gonna call?

      1. Brennig

        Lemme think about that

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