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Ghostbusters 2016 [Melissa McCarthy]

Ghostbusters (2016) starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth

The good news is, Ghostbusters 2016 begins with a very strong opening scene. The bad news is it quickly goes downhill. The biggest problem with it is: as a comedy, it’s simply not funny. Why is that?

Several things wrong with Ghostbusters 2016:

  • All of the cast members are trying to do comedy zingers like Bill Murray from the original Ghostbusters. And, without other characters to play off of, it doesn’t work.
  • Chris Hemsworth as the pea-brained secretary in Ghostbusters 2016The funniest thing in the movie, oddly enough, is Chris Hemsworth. His character is hired as near-mindless eye candy for the female Ghostbusters to ogle over. Despite that, he’s funny. And he’s the only funny element in the movie.
  • Obnoxious product placement that pulls you out of the movie. Pringles, I’m talking to you …
  • Unnecessary, boring, musical bits.
  • For the most part, the characters are two-dimensional. We don’t care (much) for the characters, so we aren’t emotionally invested in their risk, adventures, etc.
  • A lot of the jokes depend on the original audience having seen the original Ghostbusters movie.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Ghostbusters 2016 simply isn’t very funny. Oddly, it could have been a very enjoyable straightforward horror movie. The special effects, etc. are very good. It could probably be edited to that end But it would only be an hour long.

Cast of characters

Ghostbusters 2016 - Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarty, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig

Editorial review of Ghostbusters 2016 courtesy of Amazon.com

Ghostbusters makes its long-awaited return with Director Paul Feig’s unique and hilarious take on the classic, supernatural comedy, led by the freshest minds in comedy today, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. Together they team-up to save Manhattan from a sudden invasion of spirits, spooks and slime that engulfs the city. Robert Abele of TheWrap says, “This new A-team of ghostbusters are fresh and funny.”

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