Everybody and their mute, blind, and deaf granny has heard about the controversy surrounding the Ghostbusters remake. Development Hell was the first stage, dating back to the release of the original sequel. Then came a draft of the script that sat unused for so long it eventually became a video game. Then came… the internet. *shudder* I don’t feel the need to go over the controversy point by point, especially since things appear to have died down. What I will say is that the controversy–any and all sides–is the worst thing about this film.
Ghostbusters 3, erm, Ghostbusters… Ghostbusters: Answer the Call? Okay, seriously, what is the title of this thing? Screw it, let’s just call it Ghostbusters 3 Redux: Answer the Call Platinum Edition XD Volume 7.0 (GBRACPEXDVII.N for short). WHEW! Anyway, the story behind this is about a bunch of gals getting together to bust ghosts. Are you surprised? Well when ghost sightings begin to rise, these ladies charge out to investigate, only to find that a creepy little dude is ready to unleashed the entirety of the underworld upon New York.
It’s funny. And fun. I can honestly say that I’m surprised by that considering that I really don’t like McCarthy and McKinnon. They bore me, they’re crude, and they’re too politically motivated. That being said, Wiig and Jones were fantastic. In Ghostbusters McCarthy plays Abby and she’s probably the most toned-down role I think I’ve seen the woman play (which numbers very low). I found her likeable enough to not hate her. McKinnon’s Holtz was just flat out bizarre. Obviously, she was meant to be, but your staring actress isn’t supposed to be creepier than the frickin’ ghosts! I enjoyed both Wiig’s Erin a and Jones’ Patty as they’re struggling to figure life out and not having an easy time of it. Patty especially is down to Earth and her lack of experience gives the audience a character to identify with. And the real show stealer? Chris flippin’ Hemsworth. A lot of people grew angry with his role since he’s the only real male lead and he’s dumb as a post, but he’s hilarious in every scene he pops up in. Much better than that boring old God of Thunder business, yeah?
In case you hadn’t figured it out yet, they spent an awful lot of time fleshing out and focusing on characters in this flick.
The visual effects go off without a hitch. Unsurprisingly, the movie is saturated with CG, but it doesn’t come off as crummy. I still long for the charm of the practical effects the original films toted, but the newer effects still work well here. One thing I did notice, but haven’t been able to figure out is the frame-breaking effects in several scenes. The proton streams stretch beyond the borders of the pictures. In the final scene the black borders disappear completely only to come back again. But why? Considering the harshness of some colors (mainly red) and how unfocused certain scenes appear to be, I kind of wonder if these are artifacts left over from 3-D rendering. I don’t mind it as it almost looks like it’s breaking the fourth wall, but could ya’ll fix the red next time? It hurts to look at and it seems unprofessional to not fix that before home release.