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.
The 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.
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.