The remake version, with Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kirsten Wiig and Kate McKninnon.
Given that I wasn’t taken by this remake, I did decide I’d at least had to watch it. So I did.
The many bad feedback this film has received isn’t all that weird. At first I thought they had come up with sort of a new story, but no. You kind of live on the humouristic input of the cast in this case. Which is sort of bad, as only Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones are truly funny.
The first half hour is quite lovely because you see women actually making science look cool. Apart from Big Bang Theory, that simply doesn’t happen much.
The way they talk about it makes it live more. I do appreciate that. I also do recall a signing session I’ve read about, where young girls approached actress Kirsten Wiig (who I personally don’t find funny at all, not even a little bit, but that’s me) and asked for an autograph and said she wanted to become a scientist because she had seen the film. I did think that was great.
But: the storyline is a bit weird, the music is terrible, Chris Hemsworth as absolutely LOUZY secretary. He gets to keep his job because Erin can’t stop drooling over him. In that retrospect it’s kind of funny, because hello, sexist? But well, if men can pull that off, why not a cheery bunch of women, eh?
Right, onwards: I remember seeing Moulin Rouge (the Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor version) and thinking ‘geez, what a circus, filled with clownesk make up and so on!’ this film resembles that a bit. It tries to be funny about its own failures, I guess. The women have chattering and bickering about things that men think happens between women all the time. And don’t like ‘m for it. I think it was supposed to be funny that way, but to me it shows too much of a cliché. That that is why women shouldn’t do things like that. That they deserve not be heard. It bugged me, because it keeps being repeated.
The guest appearances of a part of the original ghostbusters cast Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potz sort of make a nice trip down memory lane.
Still, I wasn’t much impressed by the film. I would’ve liked a cast that is a bit more edgy. Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones carry most of the film, while I know Kirsten Wiig was actually cast for that. I just don’t find her funny. Cute, in a way, but that’s about it. I would’ve gone with Rebel Wilson and Octavia Spencer for instance. A truly funny bunch.
Because, that’s another thing: why is Leslie Jones cast to add a mixed feeling, while she is the only one who hasn’t got a scientific background? Yes, I might be too critic, but come on!
Oh well. That’s it. That’s my opinion.