Ghostbusters (2016) – Sibling Rivalry

Doug and Rob finally talk about the ghostly reboot and the “controversy” around it.

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  1. I saw the movie last night with my girlfriend and both our mothers and we all loved it. The reactions to all the cameos were amazing and Chris Hemsworth was the funniest part of the movie.

    I was part of that group who hated the trailers but still decided to watch it anyways to see how it would go and I was pleasantly surprised.

  2. Hum…
    This movis is in the same level os Scooby Doo and Haunted Mansion.
    There are a couple of funny stuff, but is not the kind of thing to see in theatres.
    They had fun making the movie but dont care at all.
    If wasant by the trailer polemics, this movie would be piratically ignored.
    And they dont get the idea.
    The original film was more a sci-fi adventure than a comedy.
    Dan Aykroid wanted to play the movie straight as possible,
    There are not much comedy material in original, most humor was in Bill Murrey sarcasm.
    The movie get a felling of realism and real people in weird situations.
    The trailer of the original movie dont sell a comedy at all.

    • I don’t believe that for a second. As soon as people saw the presence of Dan Ackroyd and Bill Murray, two famous COMEDIANS, they knew (or should have known) that the movie was going to have some laughs in it. The premise alone (What if exorcists were like blue collar exterminators?) is an inherently silly one. Furthermore, Bill Murray’s wisecracks were far from being the only source of humor in the film. There was also Dan Ackroyd’s over enthusiasm, Harold Ramis’ robotic intellectualism in the face of chaos, Annie Potts, Rick Moranis, the green ghost who later came to be known as Slimer, a giant marshmallow mascot attacking New York City and so forth.

      Am I saying that Ghostbusters wasn’t scary? No, but let’s be real here. Ghostbusters is just as much a comedy as it was a sci-fi thriller, if not more so.

      • And a freaking good sci-fi thriller

        • You can prefer whatever genre you happen to prefer, but don’t try to convince us that the original Ghostbusters was more sci-fi thriller than comedy. That’s like claiming that Caddyshack was more of a sports movie than a comedy. Bull shit! Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining.

          This new Ghostbusters isn’t inferior because it puts emphasis on comedy. Being a comedy is only a weakness if it’s not funny, which the original was.

          • I dont see reason to cry about the fact that the original movie is more sci-fy than comedy;
            Is a fact.
            Also the new movie has much more problems than just weak comedy.

  3. I haven’t seen the movie but given the reviews I’ve heard this sounds exactly like Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Both movies focus way too much on delivering the initial experience without taking risks.

    I can understand why since it’s been decades but doing this really kills the interest for me. I haven’t seen Force Awakens for the same reason.

    Here’s hoping the next Ghostbusters movie or Rogue One takes some risks and delivers something that’s actually fresh and worth checking out.

    • Snorgatch Pandalume

      The Force Awakens? You mean Episode 4.1, We’re going to play it absolutely safe and give the whiny crybaby fanboys exactly what they want, doing nothing new and taking no risks?

    • TFA is a really solid movie, though. It as humanized storm troopers, some of the best acting and cinematography of the whole saga (mostly because two thirds of it had been directed by George Lucas) and most importantly: a good antagonist.
      Let’s face it, the only time Vader was a three dimensional character was RotJ whereas the prequel trilogy’s villains had zero depth throughout (unless you count Annakin). So, having an intriguing villain is a real achievement for Star Wars, especially for a first entry in a trilogy.

  4. Melissa McCarthy is becoming the female Adam Sandler. Every character she plays is the same. As for the new Ghostbusters its a lot like JJ Abrams Star Trek and Star Wars The Force Awakens. Paul Feig studied the original Ghostbusters and copied part of it while trying to make it his own.

  5. I knew I wasn’t going to see this. I’ve never seen Ghostbusters. I’ve never liked a Paul Feig movie. Bridesmaids is one of my least favorite movies of all time. There was no reason for me to see this besides checking out Chris Hemsworth in glasses. How different this review is from Angry Joe’s review. LOL. Yeah, I didn’t get the controversy. I just saw this and was like “Oh, great. Another Melissa McCarthy movie. -_-”

  6. Yeah I dunno punching ghosts sounds kinda stupid to me. And there’s a whip? what the hell is even the point of that? I mean, the proton packs in the original already worked kinda like lassos, so the only reason to make a whip would be if you just want to cause pain.

    Oddly enough, the props were the one thing about this movie that I thought looked really cool.

  7. 74% Certified Fresh rating.

  8. This is a reboot? That means in another thirty years we’ll be going through this stuff again.

  9. And that is a problem I have with reboots nowadays. They are too much like fanfiction.

    • I hate that fanfiction even exists, because that means everybody is going to criticize a movie’s story as being like it, no matter how well it’s told.

    • Why is that a problem? There’s good and bad fanfiction. The best gets the characters exactly right and tells a compelling story about them, just like a good sequel. The worst does the opposite like a bad sequel.

      The only difference is that fanfiction isn’t filtered through the system. But that can be both a good thing and a bad thing.

  10. I saw it yesterday, and really enjoyed it – solid 7 out of 10. One thing though, I keep seeing reviews praising Hemsworth, but I hated his character.

  11. Snorgatch Pandalume

    Oh really? It really didn’t rape your childhoods, because you can go back and watch the original any time you like? DOES THAT MEAN YOU’RE FINALLY GOING TO STOP BITCHING AND WHINING ABOUT THE STAR WARS PREQUELS?
    Of course it doesn’t.
    God, listening to these two complain about whiny fanboys is rich.

    • Except one can’t go back and watch the original Star Wars, at least not on DVD or Blu-ray, because George Lucas will only allow his modified bastard special edition on the market with Han shooting first and the actor playing Anakin at the end of “Return of the Jedi” digitally replaced with Hayden Christiansen. I won’t blame anyone for complaining about that franchise until Lucas rereleases the originals.

      • Disney owns the franchise now, and has promised to release the original versions, due to the pent up demand.

      • Snorgatch Pandalume

        That’s funny, I must have something that doesn’t exist, because I have a DVD of A New Hope that includes the original theatrical (1977) release.

        • Snorgatch, are your original versions on DVD cleaned up to take advantage of the medium, or are they scratchy and full of artefacts and look and sound about as good as a video?

          That’s how the DVD version has been described to me.

          • Snorgatch Pandalume

            My version looks fine, but even if it was no better than a video, so what? The point is, it’s available. It hasn’t been buried or suppressed in any way. Anyone who says it has been is talking rubbish.
            Compare that with the Holiday Special, which HAS been buried, but which is still easily available to anyone who might want to torture themselves by watching it.

          • I just know a few purists who wanted the original on DVD, but were disappointed when the only one they got was a special feature, and wasn’t cleaned up for the medium. They interpreted that as a big middle finger to them; and I can’t blame them for that.

    • Did they say it raped their childhoods? No. They just say they are bad movies.

      Plus, as prequels, they do affect the originals. No one thought of “A New Hope” as being Darth Vader’s story until the prequels.

      • Snorgatch Pandalume

        No, they do not. You can just ignore them, pretend they don’t exist, sort like what many Star Trek fans did regarding “Enterprise.” That’s the beauty of fiction. None of it is real, so you can pick and choose what you like. Or you can obsess over the things you don’t like and complain about them non-stop for fifteen fucking years.

        And “A New Hope” is not Darth Vader’s story, it’s Luke’s. Nothing in the prequels changed that. Luke is, after all, the “New Hope,” and the movie chronicles the beginning of his journey toward becoming a hero, while Vader has about 20 minutes of total screen time and ends the movie the same as he was when it began.

  12. I am not going to see the new Ghostbusters movie because I’m not a fan of the comedy of Melissa McCarthy. I got the same vibe from the Ghostbusters trailer that I did from Pixels. I wanted to see Pixels but what held me back was Adam Sandler. Most modern comedies just aren’t my thing anymore.

    I stand by what cartoon critic Jay Sherman said “If the movie stinks, just don’t go.” So I’m not going…no drama…no misogyny…just not interested.

  13. The fuck you so mean?

  14. One hour? Jesus… Gonna need some popcorn for this

  15. Rob needs to learn how to not over talk other people

  16. You guys could stand to talk faster. I put it on 1.25 speed and I don’t even notice. You sounded normal.

  17. My only problem with the new movie was that I found it kind of boring. The humor didn’t do anything for me for some reason. It didn’t offend me, but it wasn’t my kind of humor, I guess?

    The only strong opinion I have about the film is that Kevin was annoying as hell.

  18. Loki The Flame Shield

    Ruin my childhood? No. Was it good? No…no. It was awful. 4/10. Lame jokes, God awful actions scenes, nonsensical story, annoying ass fuck character with little to no character. I didn’t like it, but it wasn’t the worst thing.

  19. it was certainly better than what the trailers convey, its a watchable movie with a few smile worthy moments, Chris Hemsworth was funny, just the right amount for his character ad typical meathead stereotype all brawn no brain but taken up a notch . i was honestly expecting a cringe worthy movie cause the first joke they told bombed, its during the museum were the guys is giving the tour about the 19th century mansion having the latest commodities of the time and I quote “including a facial bidet and an anti Irish security fence”.. i almost left its was so tasteless.

  20. Cinnamon Scudworth

    For someone who claims not to be bothered by Internet hate, the subject sure seems to come up a lot for Doug and Rob. I think this is the 85th time I’ve seen them ramble and the topic drifted to “let’s make fun of commenters” again. I think it IS bothering them deep down, it just manifests through this and they don’t notice.

  21. Ghostbusters changed my life.
    My parents always hated me, they didn´t even bothered to visit me on the day of my birth. I used to be alone every single afternoon in my room hearing them fight, and after that, my dad came to my room to beat me. My only friend was a plank in which I drew a couple of eyes and a smile. I even lost one arm one night while trying to reach for it when it got stuck between my bed and the wall. And one day, I used all my life saving to go to the movie theater for the first time ever (it was Ghostbusters), and I felt life was different ever since. Like the characters, I got the courage to face my fears and imagine the possibilities of life.
    So, you wanna know what do I thought of the 2016 movie?
    Meh… it was ok I guess.

  22. I personally thought this movie was enjoyably stupid. Yes, the story could have used some work, and I felt most of the jokes fell flat, but what kept me smiling were the main actors. These ladies were obviously having so much fun playing their characters and they’re enjoyment just sort of rubbed off on me. Plus, I think the main cast worked off each other very well, there were the occasional jokes that worked, and honestly, I felt that the third act kicked too much ass to legitimately hate it.

  23. Probably jealousy or envy of your relatively easy career.

  24. I would love to be paid to get angry about pop cultural stuff or media in America.

  25. I enjoyed this movie. Ghostbusters isn’t one of my favorite comedies. I just don’t think it’s on the same level as something like “Airplane!” or “Monty Python And The Holy Grail”. I still like it! I guess I would have disliked this more if I was a bigger fan. Great to hear from big fans such as yourselves.

  26. 99% of issues would be solved by not having it be a remake/reboot and instead have it be ghostbusters 2 1/2 where they are a group in LA or SF and are inspired by the original ghostbusters. It all could exist nicely with each other and do no harm.

    I still want a next generation style with an actual hand off and real development of the universe. We saw the possibilities in the animated TV.

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