I started watching the Ghostbusters remake Friday night. I’ve seen the original Ghostbusters approximately 1.7 million times, so I figured I’d watch it afterwards. Nowadays I have trouble sitting still during movies, and I was having a tough time until I took my new anti-depression meds, which – FUN FACT – were used as horse tranquilizers just a few short years ago! Luckily, not many people read these reviews, but I will delete this very soon anyway.
After taking my meds I really enjoyed the Ghostbusters remake. Please note that I’m not being snarky, here; I genuinely enjoyed this movie. In case you can’t tell, I also wrote parts of this review under the influence of my meds, and only wish I could keep all the misspellings and misplaced words, because it more accurately conveys my Friday night experience.
The new Ghostbusters isn’t a scene by scene remake. The first scene of the original Ghostbusters takes place in the New York Public Library, while the first scene of the remake takes place in a historical building. They both feature evil ghost women, though. Other differences: in the original Ghostbusters Bill Murray is a professional bullshitter, while in the remake Kristen Wiig is a real physicist who wants to get tenure, but her nutty friend Melissa McCarthy messes it up. Since everyone’s read the screenplay, they decide to team up and hunt ghosts together with Kate McKinnon, who’s the team’s techie. The Ghostbusters can’t afford the abandoned firehouse of the original movie so they bunk in the top floor of a Chinese restaurant. They’re joined by Leslie Jones, who works for the MTA. Chris Helmsworth is the eye candy secretary who’s a total airhead.
Anyway, plot stuff happens. I don’t remember much of it, but I enjoyed it while it was happening. I recall a creepy mannequin and a flying green demon. The villain’s master plan involves electrocuting himself, which he does with great relish. Did I mention that he’s pretty stupid? There are cameos by original cast members all over the place. I was happy to see Slimer, along with Mrs. Slimer. Slimer drives the Ghostbuster Mobile about as well as my cat, if I gave my cat the keys to my Toyota Corolla.
The head ghost looks like Popeye. When the Ghostbusters shoot him in the balls he flies back into the vortex with the Puritan ghosts and Mr. and Mrs. Slimer. BTW, did you know that John Belushi was originally slated to star in the original Ghostbusters? Bill Murray took Belushi’s role after his unfortunate passing, but he lives on as Slimer!
For some reason the Ghostbusters remake caused controversy. Apparently, the idea of an all-female Ghostbusters cast offended certain segments of male fandom, who made their feelings known by spewing homophobic/misogynist/racist garbage on Twitter. 2019, everybody! Well, back then it was 2016, but things have gotten even worse!
A short paragraph of my impressions of the original Ghostbusters: everyone smokes! The original movie’s cinematography is better, with nicer shots of New York City architecture/skyline. This is a Bill Murray vehicle, while the remake functions more as an ensemble cast.
Best line of the original: dogs and cats, living together!
Best line of the remake: don’t be like the mayor in Jaws.