The Ghostbusters reboot was on telly the other day, I wanted to wind Craner up and say it was better than the original but I simply can't.
For me a big problem with the first film was the mundanity of the ghosts, the whole idea of a spooky, otherworldly afterlife was ditched in favour of floating, glowing fatties burping and throwing food. Later on even the more important ghosts were more zany than creepy - I get that it was a comedy film for kids but I still wish they had gone in a different direction with that. I didn't really get it at the time but, looking back, I can see that once the earthbound nature of the Ghostbusters universe had been established my potential enjoyment of the film had been severely limited.
And this all came flooding back with the remake. But at least the original had a spark of life to it, in fact it crackled with energy as it zipped along, it was silly and fun and if you forgot the missed opportunity - what it could have been - and just watched it for what it was then it was enjoyable enough.
With the reboot this was very much not the case. No spark of life at all. Not even the slightest hint of one, dead on arrival, in fact long long before that, something that belonged in the morgue if not the graveyard. Someone has stitched together a beloved film with an ill-fitting female cast and Thor to create a Frankenstein's money-monster but they forgot the animating electricity. The result being the ghost of a film that needs to be busted.
The only thing it had over the original was it didn't feature that walking smirk Bill Murray - and then he turned up in a cameo. The twat.