On July 9, 2016, a reboot of the 1984 movie, Ghostbusters” premiered in Los Angeles, at the TCL Chinese Theater. The 2016 “Ghostbusters” film, directed by Paul Feig, was scheduled to be released on July 15, in the United States, by Columbia Pictures.
Feig’s version of the “Ghostbusters” is a female-led reboot of the classic ’80s action comedy. The movie presents the story of two authors, Erin Gilbert–interpreted by Kristen Wiig and Abby Yates–played by Melissa McCarthy, who wrote books about ghosts being real. Years later, as ghosts invade Manhattan, the two of them reunite as a team with nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann–interpreted by Kate McKinnon and the subway worker Patty Tolan–played by Leslie Jones, to save the world.
The 1984 version of “Ghostbusters” has very few similar parts with its 2016 reboot. According to “Chicago Sun-Times,” there are only some visual and musical resemblances between the two movies. However, Robbie Collin, the film critic at “The Telegraph,” considers that the 2016 “Ghostbusters” reboot, seizes the spirit of the original movie.
Critics Quickly Shared Their Opinions
“Ghostbusters” reboot premiered in Los Angeles, and the critics already shared their impressions about the movie. The opinions are divided. For example, Richard Roeper wrote, for the “Chicago Sun-Times,” that “Ghostbusters” is “one of the worst movies of the year for multiple […] reasons,” such as “bad acting; uninspired directing […]; cheesy special effects; a forgettable villain; a terrible script.” Moreover, he claimed:
How could so many talented, well-meaning artists, who clearly loved and respected the original, produce such a raggedy-looking, thuddingly unfunny, utterly unnecessary reboot?
On the other hand, Collin, the film critic for “The Telegraph,” gave four out of five stars to the film. He seemed impressed by the 2016 version of “Ghostbusters”, considering that “its jokes, effects, and sparkler-bright cast chemistry need nothing to fall back on.” Also, Collin stated:
The 2016 vintage of Ghostbusters speaks to its time with the same withering comic accuracy and hot-air-balloon-sized sense of fun as the 1984 original.
Moreover, it has to be mentioned the fact that the “Ghostbusters” reboot has 3.7 points out of 10 on IMDb after 6,654 persons rated the film. Also, the 2016 movie has a Metascore of 60 out of 100, based on 25 reviews.
Original Versus Reboot
Ivan Reitman directed and produced the 1984 “Ghostbusters” movie, with a budget of $30 million. The film was the first part of the “Ghostbusters” franchise, which included a sequel released in 1989, two animated television series and some video games. According to “The Hollywood Reporter,” in 2015, the United States Library of Congress selected “Ghostbusters” for preservation, declaring it “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
The 2016 “Ghostbusters” reboot, which premiered in Los Angeles, had a budget five times bigger than its original version. According to Money Tips, $14 million out of the $154 million budget will go to Melissa McCarthy. The film was directed by Feig and produced by Amy Pascal and Reitman. While the original movie was shot in New York City, N.Y., the filming of the 2016 reboot started in Boston, Massachusetts, continued in Waltham, Mass., and ended in New York City.
On July 9, a reboot of the 1984 movie, “Ghostbusters” premiered in Los Angeles. The film is scheduled to be released on July 15, in the United States, by Columbia Pictures.
By Bianca-Ramona Dumitru
Edited by Jeanette Smith
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