- Mar 3, 2018
GB2 has its flaws but it's still a perfectly acceptable sequel, I've never understood people that say it's a bad movie.
It's not terrible, but it's still pretty weak. I HATE the insanely stupid retcon at the start that resets all the progress of the first movie (and the story beats rehash the first film even more than the reboot did, just watch the Honest Trailers of it if you don't believe me), it's so stupid it almost feels like the movie assumes we're stupid enough to buy it (like it could have been forgiven if at least one character pointed out how stupid New York is for believing four guys with barely any money managed to cause an earthquake, create a centralized lightning storm, create convincing holograms of ghosts all through the city, make an animatronic zombie taxi driver, and of course create a skyscraper-tall Stay Puft robot).
But maybe they did think the audience was that dumb given they aimed GB2 more for kids, let's tone down the language, lighten up the jokes, make everyone act more cartoon-y in their performances, and throw a baby into it so the characters can goof around with a baby, totally what I wanted a Ghostbusters sequel to focus on (might have been more forgiving if it was Peter and Dana's baby, but nope they broke up just to have them do their romance progress AGAIN and the baby's dad is some off-screen rando. Err, yay?) It's just unoriginal and doesn't do anything with these characters that wasn't far better in the first movie. Heck, they don't even understand making the audience laugh since they have Janine date Louis because the filmmakers said she didn't have chemistry with Egon in 1 even though THAT WAS WHAT WAS FUNNY ABOUT IT!
Go watch the Ghostbusters cartoon if you want a more original continuation of the first movie.
The Ghostbusters reboot is average. It's amusing at times, falls flat at times, but since it doesn't involve any characters from the original movie it's nothing to get that upset about. Ghostbusters 2 doesn't get that excuse.
Frank Spencer: I felt this way about GB2 since I saw it in high school like 15 years ago. I also had some issues with Burton's Batman films before Batman Begins was announced (since that's another popular "oh, you all only hate on the good older films when the new ones came out!" excuse because heaven forbid someone else feel differently about a film). I also rank the Indiana Jones films as 1 > 3 > 4 >2. I'm sorry, not every "classic" film in a series is as beloved by everyone, don't try to claim it's only because we're trying to make newer films look better.