Presented by James M. Tate / 7/14/2016 / No comments / 2016 , bill murray , comedy , franchise , kristin wiig , melissa mccarthy , paul feig , reboot
FEMALE REBOOT OF GHOSTBUSTERS
That title should go to the writers, Katie Dippold and Paul Feig. And yet as director, Feig provides some scary, suspenseful moments, almost as if he really, deep down, wanted to make a bonafide horror flick with a side-dish of comedy. And there are times when the four girl Ghostbusters geek-out with a genuine flow of scientific expository dialogue, especially Melissa McCarthy as Abby, a hybrid of Dan Aykroyd's soulful buried-lead and a cerebral Harold Ramis... Meanwhile, Kristin Wiig has the most to lose, at least at first, about to get tenure at a University while forgetting her Paranormal Research past when it rears back up in a book she co-wrote years earlier: Uptight and anxious, she's goaded by tomboy Kate McKinnon as Jillian, the token wild card who acts as if we know her character already. In fact, in many ways, Feig's GHOSTBUSTERS seems more like a dull sequel to a first (proverbial) venture that, like SPY and BRIDESMAIDS, actually worked...
|MOVIE SCORE: **|
|Aykroyd and Murray in the original|
|The late HR|
And if anyone is surprised Bill Murray, who detested that sequel and wanted nothing more to do with GHOSTBUSTERS... in fact the only reason he starred in the first movie is so he could make his labour of love, THE RAZOR'S EDGE, a vehicle so serious he lacked charm and personality, and a pulse (his brother, Brian Doyle Murray, stole the picture): If anyone cannot believe Bill would partake in a reboot, providing more than a cameo and actually kinda helping the story along, it's probably the same reason Kevin Bacon celebrated the FOOTLOOSE remake, both actors most likely happy to let the franchise go to someone else so it could be further from their own legacy: Too bad for them, and good, and obvious for us, the originals are always better being that they were classic enough in the first place to have been remade at all: Amen.