The first hour of the new Ghostbusters is funny. Really funny. There are some spooky moments. There is good characterisation and plenty of clever intertextuality. Themes of friendship and desire are set up… and then promptly disappear in the second half (which is a mish-mash of poorly designed battles and special FX). This film has clearly been re-written (over and over) and tinkered with by those who think a big bang is more important than old-fashioned coherence and well constructed moral dilemmas. The tempo really flags and the lack of meaning of the end really sees the viewer switch off. So it’s far from a perfect movie. Is it worth seeing? Just about. However, for my money it’s not as good as the original – and the cameos of the original cast are ‘awkward’. Score from me: 7 out of 10. Maybe wait for Star Trek Beyond instead.
Ghostbusters a bust?