Vic's Flick Picks
(3 popcorn boxes)
Who you gonna call? Well….is Dan Aykroyd available?
Ghostbusters (2016) is not a sequel to Ghostbusters (1984). That might be where it stutters a bit. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, this version was funny at times and not horrible, but I do think it fell short of the original.
Abby Yates (McCarthy) and Erin Gilbert (Wiig) are childhood friends who share a love of the paranormal. After losing their day jobs as professors, they join forces with nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann (McKinnon) and subway worker Patty Tolan (Jones) to find proof of the existence of ghosts𠉪nd of course, keep them from hurting people.
With the exception of Holtzmann, who was by far my favorite character, the others seemed to lack the manic hilarity and total disregard for authority that took place in the original film. Even cameo appearances by most of the actors in the 1984 version didn’t help much.
Receptionist for the crew is eye candy Kevin (Chris Hemsworth) and his bimbo brain antics cause a few chuckles, but it gets tired very quickly. I’ll try not to mention any spoilers𠉫ut his final 15 minutes in the film are much more entertaining.
I am a very big fan of both McCarthy and Wiig and I left the theater a little disappointed. I expected their usual crazy shenanigans (like in Bridesmaids, Spy or Paul) but didn’t get any.
The special effects and CGI were quite spectacular. I especially enjoyed the ghoulish Macy’s Day parade of balloons featuring…yep, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
I give Ghostbusters three out of five boxes. Despite the drawbacks, I laughed often. Mostly at Holtzmann and her quirky one-liners. During a paranormal confrontation Gilbert notices Holtzmann eating Pringles chips from the can… “Just try saying no to these salty parabolas!” Ha! Funny stuff! This film is rated PG-13 for science fiction action and some crude humor. But not a lot of crude humor or it might have been funnier.
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Yes, yes, Chris Hemsworth is Thor (and a mighty fine Thor) but I also enjoyed his appearance in my favorite horror film – this 2012 gem co-written by the fabulous Joss Whedon.
LAST WEEK’S MOVIE TRIVIA
Okay…this is soooo easy𠉪lbert Brooks voices Tiberius, a mildly scary hawk. He is also the voice of this clownfish on the hunt for his missing son. Marlin in Finding Nemo.
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