Ghostbusters (2016), oh boy where do I start with this one. It’s no secret that this version of Ghostbusters became the most controversial movie of 2016. People had been wanting a third Ghostbusters movie for a long time, but every original actor had reasons not to do it. So instead of making a sequel, they made a reboot. A reboot with a gender flipped cast. Instead of a team made up of all male comedians, it’s a team of all female comedians. Specifically Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mckinnon, and Leslie Jones (their character names aren’t important). Needless to say this decision drew a mixed reception. As the first official trailer for the movie is currently the 23rd most disliked YouTube video of all time with a total of 1,082,532 dislikes and counting. That also makes it the most disliked movie trailer of all time. I went to see Ghostbusters (2016) with the sole reason of comparing it to the original. While it did make me laugh occasionally, you can’t ignore the movies faults. It’s not enough to reverse the gender of the cast, they have to be funnier than this. I’m sorry to say Chris Hemsworth was the funniest actor in the whole movie (he’s a natural). Paul Feig normally directs great female lead comedies. This random grouping of actresses feels a little too manufactured. Their good own their own, but together their all competing to be the comic relief. It doesn’t help that a lot of the humor is either prat falls or gross out gags. They also give uncomfortable cameos to the original cast and don’t get me started on that awful Fall Out Boy remix. Ghostbusters (2016) isn’t horrible and it does try. However, its first mistake was rebooting an untouchable classic.
Reboot of: Ghostbusters (1984)