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One of the absolute worst movies of all time. It's filled with stock footage, consists almost entirely of narration with next to no action and is extremely repetitive. Nothing happens during the entire duration. Nothing is even close to making sense. The plot is absurd and the way this is edited makes everything all the more nonsensical and random. I'm not even going to get started on the technical qualities or acting. A terrible film on all fronts, worth watching for the strong wtf factor.
It's good to see the team back and this has its moments but the resounding verdict is, it's simply not that funny. It's a shame that, almost a decade later, this is the best they could do. The romance between Brick and Chani is the most effortless, functional part of the movie; seeing Carell and Wiig feed off each other makes for such memorable, funny viewing. Sadly good jokes are rather sparse otherwise, while the star-studded final battle feels more like forced fan service than comedic climax.
Barring an off-the-hook, amusing performance by Peter MacNicol, there's not much going on here. The laughs are few and far between, the plot is rather unappealing and culminates in an underwhelming, ill-advised action scene and the whole vibe "Ghostbusters II" exudes is closer to boredom than excitement. It's really weird how the director, writers and cast are exactly the same as the original, because this has none of its spark.
Ali G is quite a memorable comedic creation and Sacha Baron Cohen is excellent in bringing him to life. "Ali G Indahouse" has some very funny moments and some rather predictable ones, yet contains enough good jokes throughout to be an enjoyable, rewarding watch.
For the most part, "Ghostbusters" is an amusing, engaging action comedy, featuring an interesting premise, good cast, several chuckles and of course the iconic theme tune. Unfortunately the final act is a slight disappointment not only due to the fuck-ugly effects but also a bunch of cringey, random ideas that are more reminiscent of low-budget sci-fi b-movies than the witty comedy this is supposed to be.