I have a hot take on Ghostbusters 2. I thought it before I rewatched today, and the viewing of said movie did not to replace those thoughts in my head.
Ghostbusters 2 is a good movie.
Moreso, the reason that it received as much disappointment and potential vitriol as it did was that it was following the original Ghostbusters, which is a damn near perfect film.
So, while Ghostbusters 2 did not live up to the level of awesomeness that was the original Ghostbusters, it was never going to be able to do so and we, as an audience, approached it with terribly high and practically unreachable expectations for the sequel.
Yes, there were some repeated beats in the follow up film, but most sequels have bits that are repetitive. It is the nature of continuing a successful franchise. Sure, some of the humor did not hit as well as the first film, but that does not mean that there are not funny lines and humorous lines. Just with the returning cast alone, Ghostbusters 2 has an advantage. Bill Murray is just as charming as he is in the first film and his relationship with Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) was completely less stalkery.
I would go as far as to say that had this been the first film and the original became the sequel, people would look upon this with more love in their hearts.
Peter MacNicol is a great addition as the possessed henchman Dr. Janosz Poha of the ultimate bad guy, Vigo (Wilhelm Von Homburg). Yes, Vigo was fairly underwhelming, but MacNicol made up for the lack of Vigo with his own craziness. And the real villain of the piece was the mood slime, which was a cool gimmick.
“Your love keeps lifting me higher….”