Ghostbusters (2016) Answer The Call – Review

Let’s face it, folks, even before Ghostbusters was official announced there has been a lot of negativity towards the film and more so recently with all the “haters”, as they have been called, saying that the film is awful and it shouldn’t have female leads. We originally posted this review in July 2016, but we have updated it with a section on the Blu-ray 3D release.

Many of the negativity is also coming from those that haven’t seen the film and also saying that they never will!

So let’s get on with my thoughts of Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters and it’s female leads, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. For starters, I’m not sure why people are negative towards female lead characters, they do all well together and the laughs certainly come through during the movie. McCarthy is brilliant as Abby Yates with her hysterical one-liners, Kristen Wiig is perfectly suited as Erin Gilbert “Doctor of Particle Physics” (look out for the Harold Ramis cameo, of sorts, in one of her scenes).

Kate McKinnon is brilliant as the rather crazy but tech-savvy Jillian Holtzmann, who build all the equipment and has absolutely loved what she does. I loved Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan, she isn;t the stereotypically black woman as some people would lead you to believe (those who haven’t seen the movie), Jones’ character is more knowledgeable than she first makes out, she’s not just someone who works in a train kiosk!

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Let’s not forget about Kevin (played by Chris Hemsworth), a character which can be described as the “dumb blonde”, but boy does he have some crazy moments in the movie, such as his clumsiness and the remarks he makes. Also his glasses! Not saying much more than that, don’t want to be throwing in spoilers!

I love the original movie, I saw it on its original cinema release back in the 80s and loved it, the original version was always a deadpan style of humour and it worked brilliantly. Especially with Bill Murray’s straight weathered face throughout the film.

The Ghostbusters Cameos

When the news came that Ghostbusters 3 wouldn’t be happening, but instead the reboot would be coming instead, many asked about the original Ghostbusters and them having cameos. Not only do they get cameos, but a few other actors are in the movie as well including Andy Garcia and Ozzy Osbourne.

The cameos are spread throughout the film, Ghostbusters also has some nice nods to the original movies. But sadly Rick Moranis was along for the ride, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter last year, he said, “I hope it’s terrific. But it just makes no sense to me. Why would I do just one day of shooting on something I did 30 years ago?

The Ghostbusters from the 80s is a very different film to the one we have now. The new version of the film is straight in your face comedy, it doesn’t sit back and say that it’s being funny by not trying to be funny. The movie just goes for it.

Ghostbusters – Has Some Scares!

I have to say that the opening sequence of the film is pretty scary for the smaller kids that may be in the cinema and there are a few parts that will make them jump. But the original did the same with the librarian back in the 80s. You have to have some scares from time to time.

The cast is introduced in the first part of the film, in a small way to give us some back story to what they do in life. Yes, we have a female-led cast, get over it. The comedic aspect of the lead actresses is why they are in the roles.

OK, so the film is silly, but it is fun, don’t take it seriously, why would you even take it seriously anyway. I found myself at many points of the film laughing out loud during the movie and isn’t that what we want, to have a good laugh to get the chuckle muscles working.

3D or not 3D?

I do try to see a movie in 3D if I can, with Ghostbusters the 3D is OK, but too be honest it’s one of those movies that you can get away with seeing in 2D. The special effects do look good and are really colourful, especially the proton pack beams, the finally battle does work well in 3D.

If you’re not fussed by the 3D “gimmick” then the 2D will be fine to check the movie out, forget all the internet chatter that the film really bad, the majority of the people moaning about it haven’t seen it. Ghostbusters is a fun movie, go and see it and have a damn good laugh, enjoy a day/night out at the movies.

Also, stay right until the end of the credits for an extra scene.

Blu-Ray 3D Update June 2017

So yes we saw the movie on the big screen in RealD 3D, but with the release of the movie on Blu-ray 3D, we thought we would check that out and add our thoughts on that as well, so the Blu-ray 3D version of Ghostbusters comes with the 2D theatrical version, Extended Edition and the 3D version which is the IMAX 3D version.

The IMAX 3D version of Ghostbusters has a massive amount of frame breaking during the movie, this is where the special effects etc shoot out over the black border lines to give you even more of a 3D effect. This works very well on 3D TVs and too be honest there is so much of it happening through the film that it certainly feels like you are in the action of the movie.

Having the frame breaking on the 3D version certainly is a nice touch and it is a shame that the conventional 3D films don;t do the same, but this does seem to be an IMAX thing as there are several movies that do this to entice you into the full movie experience, such as OZ The Great and Powerful, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

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Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds, an avid blogger and photographer. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and at the many Cineworld screens, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UKs Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham