Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Movie Review: Ghostbusters 2016

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Today, Mac and Shef and I went to see Ghostbusters, the 2016 version.  Before we went to the show, I'd heard a segment about it on a podcast called Pop Culture Happy Hour. I was kind of bummed that the discussants on Pop Culture were kind of "meh" on the film.  They were like, yeah, the women in the cast are funny, but the script is messy and the whole thing just doesn't jive. 

So, while my expectations weren't super high, I felt like Ghostbusters was totally worth a Tuesday bargain movie trip. I lobbied for it over Mac's first choice, Ice Age: Collision Course, which has a 12% on Rotten Tomatoes. I already watched the Angry Birds movie this summer, after all.  That got a 43% on Rotten Tomatoes, and I thought it was pretty sucky.  And, I just checked - the worst movie I've ever seen in a theater, Free Birds, got a whopping 17%.  So, we can just imagine exactly how bad Ice Age is.

So, Ghostbusters (73%): I'm just going to be honest and say that while I love Kristin Wiig and Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones and especially in this particular movie, Kate McKinnon, the script wasn't quite tight enough and the whole thing felt a little half-assed.

Mac, Mr. 5 Stars on basically all movies even the dumb ones, thought Kristin Wiig's backstory was creepy.  I'm frankly surprised he fell asleep, as he was probably thinking about how Wiig's character saw a ghost at the end of her bed for many years.  

In retrospect, maybe I shouldn't have taken Mac to Ghostbusters. It was PG-13, after all, and he's 8.  But, sometimes that turns out okay, so it's hard to know. 

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