I don't want this to be suddenly everyone dogpiling on you either. Like, you're free to enjoy the movie exactly as much as you enjoyed it obviously. I don't agree with some of your points, I think it does a good job of being its own thing with about the right amount of Well It Is Ghostbusters over the top.
And despite the fact that Patty does bring specific skills that the team required and lacked, it is a bit on the nose that it's again the black character who has to be tacked on halfway through from outside the core group.
I agree. I like ATC, its got problems, some of which I think could have been hammered out in a sequel with all the setup stuff out of the way; I just didn't like Patty being compared to Winston like that. Patty is sorta how Winston SHOULD have been. In the movies, and more so the sequel, He really is JUST the Black guy. In the first one you get some sense that he has stuff to offer besides being able to push a button, but we really don't get to see really explored that till either the Cartoon, the Comics, or the Video Game. Patty is indeed the "added person of color to a white trio" but from the very start we see a lot more personality from her, as well as showing how she really fits in with the others.
Despite the meta problems around her, I still find Patty to be one of the best characters in the movie; next to Holtzmann who similarly has a personality from the start. The other two.. don't and kinda never really get there. And Kevin... is almost a good character, if they dialed back on his stupidity; not completely but just enough that he doesn't feel 'too dumb to live'. He does get some good moments and jokes that I think he's still a viable character if explored more.
I can't fault the movie's plot of being similar to the original. The whole 'similar but different' is the kinda roadbump you hit when doing a hard reboot. I'm not saying it was handled perfectly, but I feel there was enough of a balance between the two for a first movie. Its another thing a sequel could have helped with now that they're established. A reboot like this you kinda have to reinvent the wheel and show how you did that. Afterlife being a soft reboot/sequel doesn't have to worry about that, the wheel's already there they just have to discover it again.