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Perfectly good waste
I have seen the old Ghost Busters movies, and sure, they don't add up to my top list among the greatest. They ain't flawless, if I say so. But they have something, something that makes you smile. I remember the first sceen in the basement of the library, when I watchted it as a kid. That scared me, even if it wasn't that scary. And now as a grownup, I can enjoy that moment and laugh. Because it has stood the test of times. It still works! I actually get a bit scared, even if I watched it so many times. And at the same time, I laugh, because it is so well executed.
When they announced the new Ghost Busters movie, I got really excited. I like some of the actress, and I think Kristen Wiig is a diamond in the rough. She has a weird way of acting, but it suits her and makes for some great comedian moments. I made this ideas about what the movie would be about, how they would incoperate the old Ghost Busters into the new. Aw man, thay have so many good things going for them. Served on a silver platter! ... But that was in my head, my idea of what this movie COULD be.
Then I watch it, and I cant believe how they managed to butcher the Ghost Busters franchise so bad.
- First of all, I do not have anything against the female leads. Like I said, one of them is on my top 10 favorite female actress. I blame the writers and directors!
What was that first intro, and what is that font? "Ghostbusters"... The music starts playing, it is that old song. "If there something strange, in your.........." MUTE Whait, what now? So they add a text and play the iconic song from the old movies. But only for a brief moment. Then it is cut, just like that. It feels like the director actually don't want to use that song, but still have to add it for the old fans that watched the old movies. "Hey, give them like 5-10 seconds of the themesong, that will probably do..."
And this is just the intro, but it sets the standard for the rest of the film.
* Stiff acting, without any chemistry. * Weird cutting of the scenes. (lets repeat that scene 4 times, when the ghost gets hit by a train, in case they missed the first time) * Bad timing. * Sad CGI. (That skyscraper did not really look real to me)
But through the movie, they have potetial for some great moments. But they actually don't seem to notice them. They just say: Skip it! And moves on to another scene.
When the character Erin Gilbert talks about her childhood and her memories of the first encounter of a ghost. Why not actually use that to set the tone. Why didn't you start of the movie with that? I would have loved to actually get some background to at least one of the main characters.
And again, I know it isn't the worst thing about this film. But how could you say that those CGI skyscrapers look real?
The film just keeps on struggling on so many levels. From the stiff acting, weird one-liners, lack of feeling etc.
But the worst thing by far is the story it self. From the writer to the director. They have not manged to create something that stands up to the old films. Not by far! This is not the best they could have done and it's sad to see that they wasted a perfectly good moment to shine!
Great film, not what I expected...
I start by saying that I give the film 8/10, but the score could have been higher if not Seth Rogen was a part of the cast.
The film have a deeper emotion that speaks to me, but at the same time makes me laugh. It starts of like most of the comedies I have seen, slow and easy. The characters is given room to be presented and their personalities take form. But then the film takes a turn that I didn't expect. It turns more and more into a drama and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is absolutely brilliant through the hole thing. But I'm really confused why the second role have been given to Seth Rogen. He cant act on a deeper level. His expressions are a bit limited. And that drops my score for this film. If Seth Rogen could have been cut out of this film, it would have been soo mush better.
But the film holds up and I really liked it!
Artistic movies, you don't understand...
The thing is, I looked at some of the other reviews and I could see one common thing. You watch this movie with your mind set to: "Hollywood next!" This is'nt one of those films! This film should be watched with the mind set to: "Artistic and strange!"
Call it an homage to "No reason". You can look for a more stupid film and never find it, because this film lack everything. All you see unfolding before your eyes happens with no reason! At the end nothing can be answerd, you wont be smarter, you wont now where to put it in your collection and you don't really now how to describe it. Just because it's an artistic movie. It's not supposed to be brilliant and fun, not there to join Transformers at the top of the billboard. It's there to be different, and therefor you only should wathc it with that in mind. Because thats the only way you will be able to appriciete it!
Great movie that gave me a lot of laughs and a lot of "no reasons": "Why did he nock over those chairs?" "Why did he travel in the trunk?" "Why did he pour out that glass of water?" "Why did he jump into the pool?" "Why did he destroy that bottle?" "Why why why..."
Fun, but not that fun...
Okey, I'm not an expert in the art of writing in English so this will be a short review.
Saw this movie with my friends on a bluray DVD and 5.1. I can say that I had pretty high expectations about this film. And the beginning did not disappoint me. Lovely, funny and lot's of disgusting, disturbing but still funny pictures rolled out before my eyes.
But then, after about 20 minutes I found my self sitting there, quiet. Felt a bit tired, started to think about next day... what I should eat for dinner. The movie had some were along the way lost both it's legs and was now slowly dragging along. Here and there I got some laughs. But that was it, suddenly the movie ended. Some running and shooting for 10 minutes and a stupid ending, just like that.
Sure, the movie was fun, but not that fun. Woody Harrelson was the best part of the movie, perfect for the role as Tallahassee. But he alone could not make this movie work in the long run.
Seen how other people compare this film to "Shaun Of The Dead", I can not understand that. Shaun Of The Dead is a masterpiece in it's genre, this can not be said about "Zombieland", a movie that cant handle the long long weary long 88 minutes! "Thin" is a good word for the film.
You can watch it, sure,it's entertaining. But nothing else.