Monday, August 8, 2016

Ghostbusters isn't as good or bad as you thought it would be

Movie Title:        Ghostbusters
Grade:  B

Rating:  PG-13, 105 minutes

In a Nutshell:  Some of the funny women of Saturday Night Live, including 4 time guest host of SNL Melissa McCarthy, star in this reboot of the 1984 smash hit.  

The beloved original (which I loved) is hard to beat, but this version gives it a respectable shot.

Written and directed by Paul Feig, this movie isn’t as good as you want, but also not as bad as you thought it would be. 

Uplifting theme: 
  • “No woman should walk around unarmed.” – Jillian
  • “The purpose of life is to love.” – Jillian
  • Female empowerment.

Things I liked:
  • Cameos and references from the fantastic cast of the original movie.
  • Terrific cast includes Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, and Cecily Strong.
  • Keep watching during the final credits for a peek at the sequel…
  • At the end of the movie, it says “For Harold Ramis.”  A lot of people don’t realize that he died in 2014.
  • Chris Hemsworth.
  • You’ll laugh out loud at least a couple of times.
  • The action sequences are better than the original, thanks to new movie technology.
  • I thought Zach Woods’ comments as the tour guide at the very beginning of the movie were really funny.

Things I didn’t like:
  • It doesn’t have quite the charm as the original.
  • Does this reboot add anything new to the original?  No, not really.  Oh yeah, Chris Hemsworth.
  • The script didn’t allow these comediennes to really knock our socks off.  The material just isn’t as good as they are.
  • Every male character in this movie is either an idiot or a jerk.
  • Although this film isn’t the greatest ever made, it certainly doesn’t deserve all the hate that has been spewing over it online.
  • The villain isn’t anything special or memorable.
  • Needs better pacing.

Funny lines:
  •  “Something big is gonna happen!” - Erin
“The word we’re looking for is Apocalypse!” – Jillian
  • “That is a deadly high five.” -  Abby
  • So, I don’t know if it’s a race thing or a lady thing, but I’m mad as hell.” – Patty
  • “How can you be eating right now?” – Erin Gilbert
“Try saying no to these salty parabolas.” – Jillian Holtzmann
  • “Am I on crack or is this a good logo?” – Jillian
  • “That’s where I saw that weird sparking thing.” – Patty Tolan
“What was it?” – Erin
“If I knew what it was, I wouldn’t say ‘weird sparking thing.’” – Patty
  • “Why am I using the untested nuclear thing?” – Erin
“You have the longest arms.” – Jillian
  • “Ah, it’s always the sad, pale ones.” – Jillian
  • “You hate to see the smart ones go bad.” – Jillian
  • “You guys, this is exactly how I pictured my death.” – Jillian
  • “Who’s the flying beefcake?” – Rourke
  • “What year is it?” – Abby
“It’s 2040.  Our president is a plant.” – Jillian
  • “I’m just looking for a reasonable ratio between wontons and broth.  This is absolute madness.” – Abby
  • “It transports ghosts and I don’t know where, but I think it’s Michigan.” –
  • “Safety lights are for dudes.” – Jillian

Tips for parents: 

  • A lot of crude jokes.
  • Some of the ghosts could be frightening for small children.
  • Some profanity.
  • Lots of slime, which your kids will love.
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