There may be no movie from the last several years that has been under a microscope as much as the new Ghostbusters. Fewer people were worried about new Star Wars movies. Many believed that the Ghostbusters should never have been touched by another filmmaker, and the fact that the new version was such a radical departure from the old only re-enforced many of those opinions.

The new Ghostbusters isn't perfect. Almost nobody is saying it's better than the original. Except that the two films are so different it's honestly difficult to really compare the two. The new Ghostbusters is really impressive. As a movie in its own right, it works. In a few cases, there are even things that it does better than the original. The rest of the time, it makes a concerted effort simply to do things differently, so that it can walk its own, completely independent path, separate from its franchise predecessors.

A Totally Different Tone

From practically the opening line of Ghostbusters, it's made clear that this is not your father's, or possibly your, Ghostbusters. Jokes about an anti-Irish security fence or P.T. Barnum's plan to enslave elephants would never have had a place in Ivan Reitman's movie. The original Ghostbusters is certainly a funny movie, but the style of humor is very different. Paul Feig makes it evident that they're not making the same movie here, and they do it before a single female Ghostbuster ever shows up on the screen. The trope of the beautiful, but idiotic, secretary, is a trope of many films, but it wasn't in the first movie. Chris Hemsworth's entire performance is there to do something very different.

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