The most maligned trailer in history – that’s been an unwanted element to the build up to Ghostbusters, and the reasons behind the intense negativity toward this film have been the subject of much debate. The backlash against an all-female lineup of Ghostbusters appears to have been the main driving force behind the dislike for this movie, and that’s just incredibly pathetic.
Personally, I wasn’t sure about the style of humour in the trailers – the original Ghostbusters films were quite dry in their humour, whereas this was a little more… Well, crass isn’t the word I want to use, but I’m struggling to think of a different one. However, it’s important to remember that this film and the original were made 30 years apart – audience tastes have changed and the new movie is not intended to be a sequel, but rather the start of a new continuity. It is made for today’s cinema goers.
Is this film suitable for kids? It has one or two jokes and moments that show why it has a 12A certificate, and some of the ghost moments might also merit such a rating, but by and large it’s not offensive. My 6 year-old enjoyed it (without getting most of it!), but it’s a call for individual parents.
So, is the film any good? It’s this meerkat’s opinion that it’s reasonable, without being spectacular. There’s chemistry between the leading ladies and some nice touches (including some cameos from some of the original cast). It has a charm factor. Is it as good as the original? Not in my humble view, but as I alluded to earlier, it’s hard to directly compare films in different eras. Overall, I don’t think it deserves the criticism it’s received, least of all for the misogynistic reasons offered up, but it’s not a true classic. 7/10.