Red Letter Media Takes Down And Breaks Down The 'Ghostbusters' Reboot - SlashFilm (2024)


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It's kind of amazing that Mike Stoklasa's creation of RedLetterMedia and the character of Harry S. Plinkett has lasted so long after first finding viral fame for a seven-part takedown of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace back in 2009. But the internet is full of plenty of wackier things, and despite the fact that this character is supremely annoying to listen to, his video reviews do make plenty of valid points, even if they are combined with some really lame attempts at humor.

While Star Wars has become a prime target for Harry S. Plinkett, every now and then he turns his attention to a movie that garnered a lot of attention from passionate fans and viewers. The Ghostbusters reboot from 2016 (or Ghostbusters: Answer the Call as it's more officially titled) was certainly one of those movies, and even though it's been over a year since it was released and most of us have moved on, Harry S. Plinkett has a one-hour takedown and breakdown of the film directed by Paul Feig.

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First, let me just say that the humor in these reviews is almost unbearable. Plus, it fluctuates so drastically between sarcasm and making valid points about the movie that it can be hard to tell when the character of Harry S. Plinkett is saying something that's meant to be a joke, not to mention that those jokes again are usually pretty awful. But I digress.

One fair point made by the video is that Ghostbusters employs Kristen Wiig as one of our central characters, but for some reason they didn't hire her as a writer, despite being nominated for an Oscar for co-writing Paul Feig's hit comedy Bridesmaids with Annie Mumolo. But it's countered by the fact that tons of little jokes in this movie are nitpicked to death. Sure, each line of dialogue should be important to progressing the movie, but since Paul Feig made a different kind of improvised comedy than the original Ghostbusters, holding a microscope over every single joke doesn't seem entirely fair.

But perhaps the most valid point the review makes is that the new Ghostbusters would have benefited from existing in the same universe as the original franchise. Instead, by trying to create a new Ghostbusters universe, while still hitting the same story beats and paying endless tribute to the original, the movie is effectively trying to stand up on its own while tying handcuffing itself to a chair. We've already wrote extensively about the reasons Paul Feig and co-writer Katie Dippold gave for making this decision and how they could have still created a soft reboot of Ghostbusters while still satisfying their own desires, if you're interested in reading more.

There are manycomparisons between the old Ghostbusters and the new Ghostbusters in this video, which is inevitable. Criticism of the new Ghostbusters movie should mostly be aimed at the movie by itself. But the problem is, as we just mentioned above, the reboot goes out of its way to pay fan service to the original through references, cameos, story beats and more, so it's almost impossible to keep the two separated. That's all the more reason to figure out how to link them in the future if a sequel ever gets made.

At one point, there's a throwaway line in this review where Harry S. Plinkett says Chris Hemsworth's character and his improvised lines during the job interview scene would be fine if this was a romantic comedy about women starting a business. Honestly, if the new Ghostbusters leaned more into the idea that this was a movie about women starting a business, that would have probably worked better. The original Ghostbusters is about three guys starting a business that just so happens to be capturing ghosts. Meanwhile, the new Ghostbusters is more about the science of learning to catch ghosts, even though when all is said and done, the way they deal with ghosts isn't by capturing them, but seemingly destroying them, which is another big problem in the movie when it goes into full-on blockbuster spectacle mode for the third act.

There's much more said about Ghostbusters in the full one-hour video, but much like the Ghostbusters reboot, it's bogged down with a lot of silly humor and references to the original Ghostbusters that inevitably get in the way of what the video is really trying to accomplish.


Red Letter Media Takes Down And Breaks Down The 'Ghostbusters' Reboot - SlashFilm (2024)


Why did the Ghostbusters remake fail? ›

Critics who actually gave the film a chance called out aspects like cheesy special effects, a lack of laughs, and the runtime being too long.

Is Ghostbusters answer the call a reboot? ›

Answer the Call served as a reboot for the franchise as opposed to a canonical sequel and cast Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones as a new proton-powered team pitted against a villainous plan that threatens to plunge the world into ghostly doom.

Is Ghostbusters answer the call canon? ›

Ghostbusters (2016 Movie), also known as Ghostbusters: Answer The Call, is considered its own continuity independent of the original movie Continuity like a parallel universe.

Who is the new female Ghostbusters? ›

Starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Neil Casey, Andy García, Cecily Strong, Charles Dance, Michael K. Williams, Matt Walsh, and Chris Hemsworth, it is a reboot of the 1984 film of the same name and the third film in the Ghostbusters franchise.

Why was Ghostbusters banned in China? ›

The 2016 U.S. remake of the comedy Ghostbusters was banned in China. It fell victim to the CCP's 2008 restrictions of movies that depict “terror, ghosts and the supernatural.”

Is Ghostbusters II bad? ›

Although some critics retrospectively praised it, Ghostbusters II is generally seen as a poor follow-up to Ghostbusters and responsible for stalling the franchise for decades.

Why is there no Ghostbusters 3? ›

Any lingering interest Murray had for a trilogy capper was sent to the afterlife. It's not out of pocket (or out of proton pack, rather) to say the Ghostbusters franchise has had a rough go of it where sequels are concerned.

Why did female Ghostbusters fail? ›

While director Paul Feig attempted to reinvent the film through its updated casting, many viewers did not take kindly to the all-female retelling of Ghostbusters. Some accused the casting of being gimmicky and diluting what made the original film great.

Will there be a Ghostbusters 6? ›

Summary. Ghostbusters 6 is not confirmed yet, but the box-office success of Frozen Empire will likely determine the franchise's future. No updates on potential Ghostbusters 6 cast members or storyline direction. A sequel could potentially involve the Spengler family and introduce a new big-bad villain.

Was Thor in Ghostbusters? ›

The movie was a remake of the classic 1984 Bill Murray picture of the same name. But 2016's Ghostbusters featured a group of women defending Earth from ghosts and other supernatural delinquents directed by Paul Feig. Hemsworth joined the cast as a receptionist recruited by the ghost-hunting group.

Who is the ghost girl in Ghostbusters? ›

Feeling dejected while Gary, Callie and Trevor are out busting ghosts, Phoebe encounters Melody — played by Emily Alyn Lind — while playing chess by herself at a park. Phoebe takes a liking to Melody — who is roughly the same age — after the lonesome ghost reveals that she tragically died in a fire.

Who is the female ghost in Ghostbusters? ›

Kymberly Herrin: Dream Ghost.

Will there be a Ghostbusters 4? ›

Ghostbusters 4 may not even be out in theaters yet, but the cast and director are already looking ahead to the future. Titled Frozen Empire, the upcoming film will see the Spengler family return to the franchise's original home of New York City, where a new villain lingers.

Is there a new Ghostbusters coming out in 2024? ›

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is a 2024 American supernatural comedy film directed by Gil Kenan from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jason Reitman.

Why was Ghostbusters 2016 bad? ›

The special effects in this film are all garish ugly and cheap-looking, the special effects from over 30 years ago, are better than the ones in this film. This film has the same level of special effects, as the live-action scooby doo movies and television show, which also looked bad and out of place.

Why was Ghostbusters 2016 controversial? ›

The Sony release, directed by “Bridesmaids” helmer Paul Feig, became the target of racist and misogynistic trolls for featuring a main cast of all women. Jones starred in “Ghostbusters” opposite Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon.

Why did Ghostbusters answer the call failed? ›

Summary. The 2016 Ghostbusters reboot, despite a good director, didn't resonate with fans due to the title and expectations. Fans wanted to see the OG team return, which was fulfilled with the successful legacy sequel Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

Why wasn t Egon in the new Ghostbusters? ›

There were many factors behind this gap, including the passing of Egon performer Harold Ramis in 2014. A third film set in the original continuity called Afterlife later arrived in 2021, which in addition to being dedicated to Ramis, also featured Egon being briefly resurrected as a ghost in the finale.

Did one of the original Ghostbusters pass away? ›

Harold Allen Ramis (/ˈreɪmɪs/; November 21, 1944 – February 24, 2014) was an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker. His film acting roles include Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989), and as Russell Ziskey in Stripes (1981); he also co-wrote those films.


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