Despite the dreadful anticipation the film has gotten from the media, Ghostbusters does get a few things right but as a comedy the film is as mediocre as the trailers suggest.
This reboot sees a group of female scientists teaming up to catch a number of ghosts across New York City. They soon discover that these hauntings are linked by a mysterious criminal planning to open a vortex that will unleash an army of dead spirits.
With the Mayor against them the girls try to take on the army themselves before the spirits take over the world.
One thing the film does that the original didn’t is show the group’s growth from amateur scientists to professional exterminators.
The film starts with them just experimenting in a rented room, then developing and testing their equipment and getting a new place.
I was hoping this growth would continue through the whole film like Batman Begins, but unfortunately the arc comes to a premature conclusion within the first hour when the group suddenly get their signature uniforms, weapons and car.
The film’s antagonism is also unique. Unlike the previous films where the antagonists were simply demonic entities with an army of random spirits, the reboot’s villain is a man trying to release an army gradually.
All the ghosts in the film have a purpose. They don’t just appear at random to put the team into action, they’re attacks from a bigger threat, that gets stronger and more dangerous until the team encounters the antagonist himself.
Ghostbusters works as a decent supernatural, action film. Whether it works as a comedy however depends on your sense of humor.
If you laughed at Trainwreck or Special Correspondents or any of Judd Apatow’s stuff, then you’ll like the Ghostbusters reboot.
For me the comedy wasn’t great. It consisted of pop culture references, sexual innuendos and awkward banter. It wasn’t a fun watch.
In conclusion the Ghostbusters reboot does succeed in differentiating itself from the original but ultimately fails as a comedy. I wouldn’t recommend it.
I give Ghostbusters a mediocre 3 out of 10.
UPDATE: I have a new article on MoviePilot which you can see right here. Its a list of 5 horror sequels that we’re all waiting to see. Check it out and see if you agree with some of the choices.