Paul Feig's Ghostbusters is an uninspired, poorly-edited movie that lacks energy or purpose. It feels a lot longer than its running time; when I checked my phone at the end, I was stunned it hadn't been two and a half hours.
Accentuate the Positive
To be clear here, I wanted to like this movie. Much like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: The Version I Paid to See in the Theatre, I was rooting for it. While I don't care one whit about mythical "Haters" (a group I learned to ignore as a bogeyman after being a vocal fan of the Prequel Trilogy), I wanted there to be a movie that “proved 'em wrong.”
Wanting to start off on a positive note, I offer that the opening is well staged enough to give you hope for a fun ride. The premise as it's set is an interesting twist on things.
To keep focused on the positive, Chris Hemsworth is charmingly idiotic (though even his bit gets dull by the end) and Leslie Jones works overtime to sell comedy to the audience. For all the hype Kate McKinnon has gotten, it's really Jones who takes whatever show there is to steal.
Step Back to Reality
Sadly, this is not a funny movie. It plods along from expected point to expected point, never infusing its characters with a sense of purpose. They are there, you are there, so let's just get this thing over with; we have a franchise to reimagine.
The word “reimagine” is particularly apropos because I was reminded of the term while watching this. It was last used before "reboot" became the fashionable replacement for "remake," with Tim Burton's uninspired Planet of the Apes. You're in similar territory here.
The editing is particularly jarring and works against the humor. Lackluster cameos further distract from the story, with Bill Murray's performance so rigidly obligated you suspect his character's exit was a negotiated settlement.
Many reaction shots (especially Kate McKinnon's) play like they were shot separately and inserted later so that instead of a movie, it's more a disconnected series of vignettes that tell an impression of a story, until the Action Movie Ending. The overall feeling was that of a lackluster sitcom like The Big Bang Theory.
The Laughs Keep (Not) Coming
The decision that severely hurt my estimation of this overall is when the movie drops the humor in favor of making the characters into action stars. This is a mistake the original, and its lackluster sequel, never made; they were heroes, but they weren't a super team like The Expendables. In fact, a lot of the humor stemmed from the fact that they were in over their heads.
Worst of all, there were moments in the credits that were far funnier than moments in the preceding movie, obviously shot to be in story continuity but cut for whatever reason. This serves as support for my theory that there wasn't so much a script or premise leading up to the final battle as there were a bunch of jokes thrown together and it would all be "sorted out" in the cut.
The audience I saw this with was, in a word, “friendly” to the movie. There were some forced snorting laughs from the guy next to me, there with his wife. Someone clapped at one point, cheering that Kristen Wiig had rejoined the team for the final battle, even though the movie didn't care half as much as the audience member did. There were forced chuckles scattered throughout.
But at the end, as we all walked out after the obligatory credit stinger, the hallway to the lobby was weirdly quiet. After Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: A Longer Cut Is Coming Out on Blu-Ray, there were loud protestations from an angry clientele. After Captain America: Civil War, people were laughing and talking about what parts they really liked. Exiting this movie felt as remorsefully silent as departing a wake.
Might you like it? Sure. There are plenty of people who like things I don't.
But don't let yourself be bullied into your opinion. Be honest with yourself.