A look at “Ghostbusters Answer the Call”

Ghostbusters Answer the CallIs the new Ghostbusters any good? Is it terrible?

Let me start with this:

I don’t read reviews of movies that I want to see. I don’t put any stock in RT scores or the like.

If I want to see this a movie, I see the movie. I make up my own mind rather than be influenced by the hive mind.

Critics get the luxury (depending) of being able to see a movie without the influence of reading reviews or seeing a score that colors their own perspective of the movie. Why shouldn’t I also have that experience?

Since I started doing this about 15 years ago, I have enjoyed movies more, and more often. Including movies that have terrible RT scores.

So is Ghostbusters 2016 good or bad? Only you can decide for yourself. It is art, and art is subjective to the viewer.

I saw the movie last night in IMAX 3D. I then pre-ordered the Blu-ray after seeing it (it’s going to contain an extended version of the movie, which should hopefully add some much needed padding to the middle of the movie so we can see them progress with their skills).

No. It’s not a better movie than the original. It’s probably somewhere closer to Ghostbusters 2. In some ways better than GB2, and in some ways worse. I’ve only seen it once, and it definitely has some very cheesy moments, but it’s also not terrible. My friend and I both had a good time watching it. It really feels like an extended episode of The Real Ghostbusters or Extreme Ghostbusters with an all new team starting things up. It’s not for everyone (that’s obvious), but if you go in expecting to hate it… you probably will. If you go into it expecting to have a good time for a couple of hours… you probably will. It is not a bad movie, though.

What characters stood out? Two characters basically steal almost every scene they’re a part of: Kevin and Jillian Holtzman. Chris Hemsworth and Kate McKinnon are both fantastic in this. If there’s a sequel, they should have Holtzman go on a mission by herself, because watching just her on a mission would be very entertaining. And Kevin… he had more funny lines than all of the ladies, probably combined. Leslie Jones was at her best when she was quieter, and not yelling. When the ghost was on her shoulders at the rock concert, she was hilariously deadpan.

Ghostbusters Answer the Call? In the past few weeks, the movie has had another title on the commercials. People started questioning if Sony Pictures had renamed the movie. Turns out, they have. It wasn’t the title at the start of the movie (though I would have appreciated it appearing there). It was the title they showed at the end of the movie, though. Ghostbusters Answer the Call is clearly a better title than Ghostbusters (2016). It helps to separate it and make it into its’ own thing. You don’t have to explain which film you’re talking about with the year, and it gets to truly be its’ own thing. It should have been called this from the start. It’s not like each Star Wars movie is confused with the others… they each have their own official title. I hope that the name Ghostbusters Answer the Call is what they use on the Blu-ray release.

Was it what you wanted? I would have preferred the new Ghostbusters film to follow the same thread as the new Star Wars, and be a continuation of the story. That’s not what we got, and the movie is suffering for that. Honestly, they could have done practically the same thing with some major and some minor adjustments to the story.

Was anything missing? A MONTAGE. One thing that was missing from the movie’s narrative that would have helped immensely is a montage. Each of the first two Ghostbusters films had them. In this film, they test out equipment, and take on a ghost, and then suddenly they’re on their way to taking out hundreds of ghosts before the big baddie arrives. Give us a montage to see how they progress in their abilities to use their equipment properly. The awkward dancing scene that happens at the time that this montage could occur would actually work well as a part of the montage. Instead, it’s a bit awkward to watch on its’ own.

What should have been removed? Some of the language was superfluous. Some of the humor was very adult (like the original film) and it definitely should have been cut to PG rather than PG-13. The awkward dancing sequence should also have been removed or changed into a montage, like I said above.

What should have been improved? Some of the pacing… again… a montage would have helped immensely with this. Also, the villain Rowan was rather weak. He could have been, or should have been, more of a Louis Tully or Janosz Poha. He’s actually kind of like Janosz, except that Janosz had someone to talk to, and this guy was an extremely disturbed loner that had a vendetta against all of humanity. We never learn where any of this started for him, and that’s a shame.

How was the music? It was good. There was one part of the score that was particularly awesome, too, and I would have liked to hear more music like that. I’m glad the new cover from Fall Out Boy wasn’t totally featured in the movie more than just a little bit.

Was the movie fun? Yes. My friend Joe and I had a great time watching it. The 3D was impressive and even went outside of the frame, thanks to the IMAX having a taller screen.

Were the original actors in it? Yes. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts and Sigourney Weaver all appear. And there’s a blink and you’ll miss it homage to Harold Ramis, to whom the movie is also dedicated.

What are my thoughts on ‘Ghostbusters (2016)?’ Will I ‘Answer the Call?’

Ghostbusters 2016Lately I have had a lot of friends asking me about the new Ghostbusters film. This is because I love the franchise and have since I was a kid, and people wonder how I feel about the movie. The reasons they ask are as varied as their own responses to the film. They either have seen and enjoyed the trailers, seen and been unimpressed, or seen nothing and know nothing of the internet’s general hatred for the new movie that no one has even seen at the time of this writing. So I’m going to take you through my own thoughts at this point, starting with the title.

Lately, the new Ghostbusters movie has had a lot of commercials and posters with the phrase “Answer the Call” placed right under the title. I don’t think the movie has been renamed “Ghostbusters: Answer the Call” or “Ghostbusters Answer the Call” because the credits underneath still list it as “Ghostbusters,” but I actually prefer that as the title for this new movie. It makes sense, and it helps to differentiate between the 1984 and 2016 films without having to explain every time.

But what do you think of the Ghostbusters (2016) movie?

Once I see the actual movie in a couple of weeks, I’ll be able to tell you completely. I’ve entirely stopped (and have for the last 10 years or so) reading reviews of movies that I want to see before I see the movies for myself, because I’ve never found a critic that agrees with me 100% of the time. That being said, I read the junior novelization of the new Ghostbusters film, and if the movie was that and nothing more, then it’s basically nothing different from a feature film version of an episode of The Real Ghostbusters cartoon, that happens to have different characters and be an origin story. It seems like the actual movie has more crass humor than was in the version of the story that I read, as what I read was cleaned up for kids, and some jokes only work when seen visually. That is the part that worries me. (I don’t normally read novelizations of movies that I want to see, but I made an exception here, because I was worried about the content and wanted to see what I was getting myself into.)

On paper, the negative reaction the movie has gotten is entirely unwarranted. Frankly, the movie’s story is probably far more original than the Karate Kid remake from a few years ago. According to articles I read, that one was basically a “find and replace” of the names and locations and ages of the characters, with one extra scene added, but was otherwise the exact same movie as the original. This Ghostbusters film has a similar rhythm to the original Ghostbusters film, but can stand on it’s own. Basically, watching the two Karate Kid movies (original and remake) back to back would feel like you’re watching a fan film of the original. Watching this film back to back, or even after GB 2, you would wonder why they didn’t just team up with the original Ghostbusters, but you wouldn’t think it’s a repeat with different actors.

I’ll let you know how I really feel after I see it. I want to give it a shot to surprise me. It comes down to the acting, the jokes, the music, the directing and the visuals at this point. Will I want to own this movie? I hope so.

I want the movie to be awesome and for all the haters to have to eat their words. It would be amazing. But I don’t know if that is possible, because it’s not as good a story as the first film. It was, like I said, closer to The Real Ghostbusters and probably Ghostbusters 2 in story. Because it’s not as good as Ghostbusters (1984), people aren’t going to relent on the hate. I also wanted it to be good, because I’m okay with women being ghostbusters (Janine was for a little on the cartoon, and I read the comics and there were women in that before this was ever announced.) but I wanted a mixed team with Bill Hader, Emma Stone, etc.

Help Kickstart Documentary ‘Cleanin’ Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters’

Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters I’ve been following this Ghostbusters documentary for eight years. Now it’s closer than ever to completion, but it needs your help. The filmmakers have spent the last eight years making several trips to the United States from their homes in England, interviewing over 70 members of the cast and crews of Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, and have some conversations about the cartoons and video game as well that could become something more substantial than a small feature if enough funds are raised.

If you’re a fan of Ghostbusters at all, please consider supporting this Kickstarter campaign.

Anthony and Claire BuenoCleanin’ Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters has the potential to be the essential behind the scenes documentary about both Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II. They have enough content for a director’s cut that would run for more than four hours, and that’s with just the interviews about the feature films. That doesn’t include the animated series or the video game.

Anthony and Claire Bueno have been working on this as a labor of love, self financing until now. Check out the Kickstarter trailer and consider helping make this a reality.

My Most Anticipated Films of 2016

 

Rogue One: A Star Wars StoryHere is my list of most anticipated films for the year. I think I missed doing this list last year, but I wanted to make sure to put this list together for 2016. We now live in a world where there are new Star Wars films coming out regularly. I’m very excited about that, and have ranked Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as my most anticipated movie of the year. I have a feeling that’s going to be a running theme from now on. Anyway, here are my most anticipated movies of the year. Read the rest of this entry »

Ghostbusters Cinematic Universe is coming from Sony Pictures’ Ghost Corps

Dan Aykroyd and Ivan ReitmanI’ve been a big fan of Ghostbusters for as long as I can remember. Director Paul Feig is currently making a movie featuring four women as Ghostbusters, and they’re shooting for a PG-13 rating (which I’m kind of worried about). I had been upset with the direction that the new movie was taking. I’m not against the idea of women being Ghostbusters at all. I would rather not have an entire team composed of women exclusively. I’d have been fine with any combination of men and women on the team, as has happened in the comics and cartoons over the years. I have been hoping for a Ghostbusters 3 since the credits rolled on Ghostbusters 2 when I saw it on the big screen as a kid. I’m never really against getting a sequel to a great movie, because if it’s great there’s more to love. If it’s awful, it’s easily ignored. I also own more Ghostbusters collectibles than anyone probably should.

Now I have reason to hope once more. After Sony made their deal with Disney’s Marvel Studios to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they were left with a load of release dates from cancelled Spider-Man related projects. Everything from The Amazing Spider-Man 3 to Venom to The Sinister Six, as well as a potential Black Cat movie (or another female lead Spider-Man spin-off) and a potential Aunt May film that sounded kind of like Agent Carter. It would have been interesting to see how this Spider-Man Cinematic Universe would have looked, but Marvel Studios didn’t want to over-crowd cinemas with their movies, for possibly because it could weaken the comic book movie brand considerably.

Sony took a good look at the properties they had in development, and decided that they’d finally attempt to create something they can legitimately call their own, without fear of losing it to another studio. That could have been something like Men in Black, and there are rumors about that as well.

For now, they’ve created a studio called Ghost Corps (pronounced Ghost Core), which features original Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd and Ghostbusters 1 & 2 director Ivan Reitman. Their goal is to bring Ghostbusters to a larger scale, with a larger cinematic universe, television and merchandising. And it all starts with Paul Feig’s movie.

After that, there’s a possible male-lead Ghostbusters film that is rumored to star Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt (and I personally hope that Bill Hader and Emma Stone join that team). That film could be directed by the Russo’s (Captain America: The Winter SoldierCaptain America: Civil War), and would probably be shot during the summer of 2016. The film currently lists Channing Tatum as a producer, with no actors attached, and the Tatum/Pratt team-up could be related to the leaked Sony e-mails from Tatum in which he wanted to make a Ghostbusters film in which he and Pratt would star.

The next film would be an Avengers style team up, to take on a larger supernatural threat. And I’ve also read that a fourth film would possibly be a prequel to all of these movies. This prequel likely would not include the surviving original Ghostbusters, because of the red tape due to the rights to the characters. However, seeing as Aykroyd and Reitman are involved, I wouldn’t count that possibility out entirely.

There is also the possibility of the return of the comics, hopefully with the return of the same creative team behind the IDW line that was so excellent. It also could mean another animated series, which is something else that I’m really excited about (and another reason why I question that the use of the characters from the original movie could be much of a rights issue). IDW is currently preparing their second mini-series since the cancellation of the on-going series. Hopefully they maintain the rights to the brand well into the future, as their work has been excellent.

Sony is serious enough about this that Reitman is moving his entire staff of his production banner The Montecito Picture Co. onto the studio lot to focus on this endeavor. Montecito and Ghost Corps will be separate entities, however.

“We want to expand the Ghostbusters universe in ways that will include different films, TV shows, merchandise, all things that are part of modern filmed entertainment,” Reitman said. “This is a branded entertainment, a scary supernatural premise mixed with comedy. Paul Feig’s film will be the first version of that, shooting in June to come out in July 2016. He’s got four of the funniest women in the world, and there will be other surprises to come. The second film has a wonderful idea that builds on that. Drew will start writing and the hope is to be ready for the Russo Brothers’ next window next summer to shoot, with the movie coming out the following year. It’s just the beginning of what I hope will be a lot of wonderful movies. My primary focus will be to build the Ghostbusters into the universe it always promised it might become. The original film is beloved, as is the cast, and we hope to create films we will continue to love.”

What do you think of the idea of the Ghostbusters Cinematic Universe?

tl;dr: Sony Pictures created a production company called Ghost Corps. Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd are part of that company. They’re creating a Ghostbusters Cinematic Universe starting with Paul Feig’s movie. A second movie could be directed by the Russo’s starring Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt, with a third film being a team-up, and a fourth being a prequel. Ghost Corps is also creating other outlets for the brand including TV and merchandise.

New Ghostbusters Comic Book Mini-series gets ‘Real’

Ghostbusters Get RealSince the end of the on-going Ghostbusters comic book from IDW, they’ve been keeping things going a bit with mini-series. It started pretty much immediately with their four part team up: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / Ghostbusters. There had been nothing new since then, but now we have another mini-series coming that will bring the team together with The Real Ghostbusters.

Ghostbusters Gets Real is expected to ship in June.

Ghostbusters: Get Real #1 (of 4)—GEM OF THE MONTH
Erik Burnham (w) • Dan Schoening (a & c)
When a confrontation with the elder God Proteus goes awry, Peter, Ray, Winston and Egon will meet… THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Ghostbusters: Get Real #1 (of 4)—Subscription Variant
Erik Burnham (w) • Dan Schoening (a) • Erica Henderson (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
•Featuring the creative team of the smash hit Ghostbusters Ongoing and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters series!
•Check out the variant cover from Erica “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” Henderson!

via GhostbustersNews