Okay. Ghostbusters 2016. I'll get my bias out of the way immediately: I'm a huge Ghostbusters fan, the kind of fan that owns every release, built a proton pack, and dreams of owning an Ecto-1 one day. I've been waiting for Ghostbusters 3 for years; I always dreamed of sitting in the theater and seeing that title on the screen. However, after Harold Ramis passed away I knew that was never going to happen, and if it did, it wouldn't be what I wanted. I accepted that, and took GB: The Video Game as the final story of the 1984 group.
Fast forward to GB2016. So much press over the gender-swap, I just can't deal with it. I'll put it this way: if you don't like women, yeah you won't like this movie. That said, this is a decent comedy from good people. I trusted Paul Feig, Katie Dippold... Melissa and Kristen. I was willing to accept seeing a new take on the story, just as I've read a novel and the various comics from other artists.
In the end, the movie is okay. It did make me laugh, but it was also very disappointing. Sure, it's hard for me to be objective, but that's why this is my opinion.
I've seen it about 6 times, and it doesn't hold up to repeat viewings like the original. The jokes are very 'now', there's not much smart humor and the type of jokes you see in comedies today are exactly what you see here. That's where the replay-ability comes from: there's no depth. You see the movie once and laugh, you're done. You can come back in a few years and enjoy it again, but it's more like "Oh yeah, hahaha, that was funny."
Also, as much as I loved seeing the references, they really slowed the movie down. Mostly everyone you expect shows up, and some of them just slow the movie to a halt. Feig stated that the only way he knew how to make this movie funny was to reboot it, ignore the timeline of the original so that ghosts appear for the first time. My problem is that he then referenced the first movie so many times and on top of that, the concept of ghosts appearing for the first time doesn't even play out.
One final note, and I have to say this... Don't hate this movie because it stars women, please, that's just wrong. However, do be critical of the lies surrounding it's production. This story could have easily been told the same way and connecting it to the same universe with these characters as children or relatives of the original 'busters, but Feig said he wanted these women to build the business themselves instead of being handed it.
I'll leave you with this rebuttal: everyone in this production was handed an iconic brand on a silver platter, did any of them actually create it?