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Total Crap: 5.56%

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Ghostbusters 2
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by MP Bartley

"Who You Gonna Call to bust mediocre sequels?"
3 stars

There are great sequels. There are sequels that expand, deepen and enrich upon the original. Then there are sequels that defecate, piss and vomit upon the original. There are sequels that take everything that is holy about the original and destroy it. And then there are sequels that are a practical re-run of the first and just make you go 'meh'. 'Ghostbusters 2' is just such a sequel.

Despite saving New York form being eaten by the ancient god Zuul, the ghostbusters have fallen on hard times. After being sued for mass destruction of public property, they're broke and business has folded. Egon (Harold Ramis) is working in research again, Ray (Dan Akroyd) and Winston (Ernie Hudson) have resorted to becoming childrens entertainers when the children would much rather have He-Man entertain them, and Pete (Bill Murray) is a two-bit tv show host. Dana Barret (Sigourney Weaver) meanwhile is a single mother and working in an art restoration gallery. But her job is about to be disturbed by the arrival of the Carpathian warlord Viggo imprisoned in a painting.

Isn't that just the way? You just get back on your feet and along comes the ghost of a bloodthirsty barbarian who wants to invade the body of your cute ickle baby to reincarnate himself. Sheesh, talk about bad luck...And just to make the hurry for the ghostbusters to reunite just that little bit quicker, there's a river of slime flowing through the sewers causing an uprise in violence.

Technically, there's no reason why this shouldn't be as good as the first. It's not an over-inflated special effects-fest, everyone has returned and gives comfortable performances, the story makes sense and the villains very snarly. But ultimately that's the problem - it's too similiar to first time around. It's lost the zest and flash that the first one had and everything just feels like a lame retread. There's set-pieces that look effective (the dead prisoners in court and a ghost nanny), but they're nowhere near as effective or atmospheric as the first capture of Slimer or the appearance of the Hell Hounds in the first. There's nothing as scary here as the ghostly librarian in the first, and nothing as funny here as the "Yes it's true. This man has no dick" line.

It's an attempt to recapture the elemental fun of the first, but it's not scary enough, funny enough or plain fun enough. It's noticeable that Murray doesn't seem as interested this time round and seems quite bored in places. And while the walking Statue of Liberty is a great gimmick, it'll have you fondly recalling the StayPuft Marshmallow Man instead of raising your excitement levels. So while there's nothing intrinsically wrong with this sequel, there's none of the danger of the first (Viggo isn't a patch on Zuul as a villain).

'Ghostbusters 2' does avoid the cardinal sin of sequels, by not being a total disgrace or embarassment to the first. It's in no way bad, and is actually quite fun if you're in an undemanding mood. But was 'quite fun' and 'undemanding' how anyone described the first film? No. And that's the problem with this sequel in a nutshell.

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User Comments

1/08/21 Anne got through it by fast forwarding it 1 stars
8/14/19 bored mom Retreads a bit too much, but decent for a sequel. The NES Advantage bit is hilarious. 3 stars
11/29/16 david froman rip harold ramis 4 stars
5/08/16 Dane Youssef More interested in pushing special FX and merchandised toys than continuing the greatness. 4 stars
12/11/12 Nellie A very underrated sequel. Shame. 5 stars
4/30/12 Jeff Wilder Has some amusing moments.But mediocre as a whole. 3 stars
2/18/08 Pamela White comic roles and cute but not equal to first 3 stars
7/28/07 Wee Todd Didd Stick to the first one, poor sequel. 2 stars
4/13/07 David Pollastrini Not as good as the first movie 3 stars
9/15/06 Booksworm Well hell I thought it was a good movie 4 stars
8/10/06 Dragon The Artist Still a good cult classic, another oddity of a good sequel!! 5 stars
3/28/06 Brian Meyer Do sequels work? In the 80's they did... AND HOW!! A+++!!! 5 stars
8/18/05 tony it was better than the first! 4 stars
3/25/05 indrid cold Almost as good as the first, but for some reason a lot less entertaining the 2nd time. 4 stars
9/04/04 T.B. It fine comedy 3 stars
6/16/04 franknutz underrated very good 5 stars
6/12/04 Raymond Lee a fun movie 4 stars
6/12/04 Jack Sommersby The cute-baby stuff is vomitous, but the rest is mostly agreeable. Murray, again, is aces. 4 stars
12/27/03 Dr. Egon Spengler Great movie. 5 stars
11/20/03 HorrorScribbler Amusing sequel but not as strong as the first one. MacNicol hilarious. 4 stars
10/27/03 Two-G - horror_blood2 (aka Double G) wow actually a good sequal! Charles Tatum suck my 18 inch cock! 5 stars
9/06/03 I Would Not funny and Murray's character Venkman has become too soft. 2 stars
8/31/03 Kitty Kelso not as good as the first one, but i still wish i could write scripts like aykroyd!!! 5 stars
8/30/03 Kitty B. aykroyd is just such a good damn writer!!! 5 stars
7/09/03 Jin Nothing fresh or original except the Bobby Brown song. 2 stars
2/19/03 Matthew Jones ANOTHER HIT! Loved the scene with the Statue of Liberty! Hope they make a #3! 5 stars
10/10/02 chris Not quite as good as the first one 5 stars
6/19/02 Charles Tatum Proof positive sequels should be banned 1 stars
8/30/01 Henry Ginsberg Just like the first film,only without the funny bits. 2 stars
8/17/01 Monster W. Kung Unnecessary. It's basically a cash-in of the first one, but less funny. 2 stars
8/10/01 E-Funk Great sequel! More for the kids, but Bill Murray gets some classic lines! 5 stars
8/10/01 Mr. Hat I dare anyonewho doesn't like this movie to smash my penis & testicles w/a steel shoe!!!!!! 4 stars
7/28/01 Turtle Despite my other comment, this movie could be improved, although it is still great. 4 stars
7/21/01 R.W. Welch Shows the usual sequel drop-off, but still above average. 4 stars
6/15/01 BrainPan By no means the first, but funny. MacNicol is pretty funny. 4 stars
6/08/01 The Scarecrow not as good as the first by far, but still very enjoyable. 4 stars
4/01/01 Andrew Carden Better then the first, but only by a hair. 3 stars
12/21/00 fifu it's ok just is the first one though(they make the big lady walk?) 2 stars
11/15/00 The EVIL Penguin Even better than the original 5 stars
9/22/00 Turtle Not as good as the first one, although I looooved the Statue of Liberty in this one! 5 stars
8/23/00 zall better than the first one 5 stars
5/03/00 matt "what i'm saying is, is that ---- happens, and who you gonna call?!" 5 stars
2/21/00 Stay Puft Marshmellow Man Great movie! Worth watching, along with the first! 5 stars
1/19/00 Jedi15 As good as the first. The Statue of Liberty scene is a classic! 5 stars
1/09/00 John Markham For the love of Christ, what was the point? 1 stars
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