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At last, our long national nightmare is over, we now get to see if Ghostbusters is terrible or good.  Next weekend we will finally get to see the new all-female Ghostbusters reboot directed by Paul Feig starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. Boy, has this film had its (un)fair share of criticism. For the most part, people just did not like the idea of a reboot of such a classic original film, but they also did not like that it was a completely all female-led film as well. Everything from the trailers to the theme song, have been universally disliked. The film has already been screened by critics and with the embargo being dropped today, the reviews are starting to come in. Is this the giant turd some are secretly wishing it to be? Will it shut up the haters and show that girls can be Ghostbusters too?

Turns out, it’s just a movie. And like everything in this Coke/Pepsi country, there are some who will like the film and some who will not like the film. We can all breathe easy, it’s just a good old fashion popcorn flick that we’ll either like or dislike according to our own tastes.

Here are a few comments from various reviews:

“The New Ghostbusters is way better than it looks” –Geek Tyrant

“At the end of the day, those who hoped the new Ghostbusters would be just like the original will probably be disappointed. The comedic sensibility is more Paul Feig than Ivan Reitman, the characters and their relationships to one another are completely different, and it all feels more like a 2010s blockbuster film than a 1980s comedy adventure” –/Film

“[Ghostbusters] comes saddled with the trappings of 21st century studio filmmaking: lulls in pacing, kiddie-safe comedy, choppy editing, and the general sense that a sharper, ballsier version exists in an alternate Hollywood universe. Nevertheless, with a crackling sense of purpose and a surplus of reverence for their predecessors, new Ghostbusters Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, and Saturday Night Live standouts Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones plant their own flag on a beloved sci-fi comedy franchise – even if it’ll still take a miracle from beyond to convert the hypercritical haters.” –The Daily Beast

“[The] pieces are in place. The movie, for the most part, works. It’s easily one of the funniest comedies of the year, and I loved hanging out with these characters (which is such a huge part of the success of the 84 movie). Even though it’s stuck having to wink and nod at the original… this film manages to carve out its own space, and I want to see [Paul Feig] and his cast return to continue exploring it and expanding it. And hell, their Ghostbusters II HAS TO be better than the original Ghostbusters II.” –Birth.Movies.Death

“[Ghostbusters is] unexceptional and even lazy update of a formula you’ve seen before. Comparisons to the original are unavoidable. And yes, it’s a reboot, but there’s a conspicuous absence of the charming oddball eccentricity that made the original film so endearing.” –The Playlist

“[Ghostbusters] boasts exuberantly funny performances from its key quartet — Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones — and a satisfying blend of wackiness, camaraderie and paranormal pizzazz. One could even argue that “Bridesmaids”/”Spy” director-co-writer Paul Feig‘s curatorial sideline paying homage to the 1984 action-comedy juggernaut (via story beats, design elements, and many cameo pop-ups) almost becomes an unnecessary distraction.” –The Wrap

“So why does Ghostbusters feel so restrained? For starters, it’s too slavish when it nods to the original (although its throw-back cameos are fun), and too flailing and flat when it strays from it… [With] a cast as daring and quick as this one, Ghostbusters is too mild and plays it too safe. Somewhere, I bet, there’s an R-rated director’s cut of the movie where these women really let it rip. I want to see that movie” –Entertainment Weekly

“Even if all the comedy and action doesn’t land, there’s enough charm to be had with the main cast. Feig and co-writer Katie Dippold even manage to get in a few compulsory jabs at YouTube trolls along the way, but perhaps the biggest triumph of all is that they’ve introduced a team one would actually like to see continue answering the ghost-busting call. This new version of Ghostbusters will rarely make one bowl over with laughter, but, like the first film, it has a consistent amount of lighthearted, amiable fun.” –The Film Stage

“Sony’s new gender-swapped “Ghostbusters” — which substitutes comediennes Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones for the previously all-male paranormal exterminator squad — suffers from a disappointingly strong case of déjà vu. While both funnier and scarier than Ivan Reitman’s 1984 original, this otherwise over-familiar remake from “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig doesn’t do nearly enough to innovate on what has come before, even going so far as to conjure most of the earlier film’s cast (including Slimer and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man) in cameos that undercut the new film’s chemistry.” – Variety

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While this is but a sample, it’s about a 50/50.  The film at the time of this writing has a 73% score on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of about a 6.5/10.  Of course, that’s subject to change, but it’s not the end of the world and we won’t be blasting the film with our proton packs this weekend.  Sometimes the jokes will fall flat, and fans who are expecting the original will probably be disappointed, but this gives a whole new generation a Ghostbusters film to claim as their own and a generation of young ladies now have four heroes to look up to.  You’ll just have to go to the theaters and make your own mind up if the film is good or not.

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