July 29, 2016


The remake of any popular movie is a risky proposition.

First there’s the question as to whether a remake, or perhaps a reboot, of a particular film is necessary and, if so, why. 

For example, an updated version of “Planet of the Apes” which occurred a few years back– or other movies of the science-fiction genre – may be warranted since advancements in special effects may enhance the storytelling.

As we’ve seen with some recent undertakings, even cutting=edge visuals may not make for a successful movie, such as the Johnny Depp vehicles in recent years involving Alice in Wonderland and Willy Wonka.

Since its July 15 release, the 2016 remake of the 1984’s “Ghostbusters” has been met with mixed reviews, and this critique is no exception.

One challenge for director Paul Feig was to somehow improve upon such an iconic pop culture cinematic experience.  The original cast included Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson.

Like Akroyd and Murray, the 2016 version includes some current and former “Saturday Night Live” cast members: the very talented Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones who, along with co-stars Melissa McCarthy and Chris Hemsworth, make for a terrific ensemble. 

The most obvious update to “Ghostbusters” is that these hunters of the paranormal are all women.  But beyond that, it’s pretty much the same old thing.

There are some funny bits, and nice cameos by some of the original cast members, but if anything, those appearances simply make us yearn to watch the source material once again.

Be sure to stay for the entire end credits, as a dance sequence featuring Hemsworth, cut from the film due to length, plays under the roll, and there are some additional vignettes with the cast, including somewhat of an epilogue that many are wondering if it could be the set-up to a sequel.  Let’s hope not. 

As the theme song asks rhetorically, “Who you gonna call?”  I’m calling for watching a different movie than this one.

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