I\'m never been a big fan of Ghostbusters. I liked the original two films, but they don\'t mean as much to me as BTTF or Jurassic Park. When a reboot was announced, I was barely interested but cautiously optimistic. When an all-female cast was announced I called \"gimmick\", but I was fine with it... until the filmmaking team decided that if I wasn\'t interested in the film, I was a sexist pig. Despite this, I decided to give the film a chance, but in home video, way after the controversy had ended and I had forgotten the fact that the director had decided my decades of respecting women meant nothing unless I watched his movie. I watched the extended cut, since I figured it wouldn\'t deal with much studio interference and would get rid of plot holes, as they tend to do. After watching it, I can\'t for the life of me understand the positive reviews. Is the extended version somehow making the movie worse? Did it ADD plot holes and REMOVE character development? Did it remove jokes and replaced them with real estate ads? Despite not liking films like, say, Grown-ups or Pixels, I understand their appeal. But I can\'t understand this film\'s. Saying the characters are one-note is being generous. The character I thought I\'d hate the most, Patty, turns out to be the closest this movie has to an actual human being. On the other side of the spectrum there\'s Kevin, easily the worst character not just from this film, but from the entire year. He\'s too stupid to be realistic. His cartoonish idiocy just doesn\'t fit the setting. He\'d be out of place in a Goofy cartoon, let alone here. Then there\'s Holtzman, who I can\'t in good conscience call a \"character\". She\'s merely a collection of unrelated scenes that happen to star a person who always looks the same. She doesn\'t have anything I can honestly call a \"personality\". A shame, as she looked the most promising. The villain has one line of dialogue in the way of motivation, spoken to himself, and once he acquires powers through unexplained means, he never uses them in ways that would actually benefit him. He can possess people, but he doesn\'t try to use subtle ways to take advantage of this. He possesses Mc Carthy\'s character. Does he then jump off the window and changes bodies while she helplessly falls to her death? No, he starts to very visibly and noisily destroy random equipment while other two Ghostbusters are there to stop him. He can actually CONTROL people and uses this powers to make the army dance and then stay paralized. Does he uses this power with the Ghostbusters? NO! He doesn\'t even try and the film doesn\'t even try to handwave this by showing they had a way to counter this ability of his. He merely forgets he has it. The plot is derivative. There are a bunch of subplots that are introduced and never followed through. I only laughed once, and the joke only worked because of the surprise, it\'s not funny a second time. If there\'s a sequel coming, I\'m not interested.
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