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Ghostbusters (1984)


Trying to keep some of the Halloween spirit up and about during Christmas time.

After losing their academic posts at a prestigious university, a team of parapsychologists (Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis) goes into business as proton-pack-toting “ghostbusters” who exterminate ghouls, hobgoblins and supernatural pests of all stripes. An ad campaign pays off when a knockout cellist (Sigourney Weaver) hires the squad to purge her swanky digs of demons that appear to be living in her refrigerator.

Before director Ivan Reitman decided to go on and do classics such as ‘No Strings Attached’ and ‘Evolution’, he actually did some legendary stuff with a film that you may have heard of, but then again maybe not. All I have to know is…who ya gonna call? I know that was corny but come on, you had to know it was going to happen at least once in this review.

I’ve seen this film a long long time ago and it was always a favorite of mine, so to give it another shot and see how it held up for me all these years later, was a real treat for me. The premise is pretty original right from the start and it would have easily fallen down like a sack of bricks but it somehow ends up being one of the most genius ideas ever put into a film, mainly because of all of the talent that is involved here.

There are so many hilarious one-liners here that I hear uttered from time-to-time but never really got the joke until I had this film refresh my memory and make me realize just how damn funny the lines are. I mean every situation they have here is just utterly ridiculous but the film knows that but still finds plenty of ways to bring out comedy no matter what whether they are depending on some well-placed slap-stick, dead-pan readings from everybody involved, or some sly satire of surging capitalist hubris. Each and every way this film approaches its comedy works beyond belief and I just laughed my ass off at so many things here that were said. Something that doesn’t usually happen when I’m watching an 80’s comedy.

The comedy isn’t the only fun aspect to this film though, Reitman also seems to have a lot of fun with this plot and his direction brings out some of the most imaginative stuff that ever came out on-screen in the 80’s. There is a lot of fun to be had with these guys all running around in these plain-looking jumpsuits chasing after flying goo that is actually a ghost, and every scene ending with some witty pun. Let’s also not forget everybody’s favorite giant villain, Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. I mean honestly, who comes up with this shit and can actually make it somethings that revered as comedic gold.

My one gripe with this flick is that the special effects here are very very bad but then again this is 1984 we are talking about here. I know I sound like a complete dickhead for even bringing this up and knocking down some points for this but to be honest, it sort of took me out of the film considering the whole time I just saw this dog flying through the screen as if he had just popped out of a PlayStation game. I know I’m nit-picking, but for some reason it just bothered me.

The real reason this film worked so well is because of the man that plays Peter Venkman, a man named none other than Bill Murray. Murray is always a show-stealer no matter what it is that he is in and here as Venkman he is no different. His dead-pan delivery is spot-on because he knows that everything in this film is just plain and simply ridiculous and he handles just about everything like the sarcastic unprofessional that he is and almost every time he is on-screen, he had me laughing my ass off. There is a reason why this guy was the main thing to see in ‘Zombieland’. It’s a shame that he is apparently kind of a dick in real-life, because if I saw him walking on the street I would probably just try my hardest to hang out with him the whole day, even though I would probably get denied.

Everybody else here is fine too and each give their own little funny lines, while Murray is off killing this film with his delivery. Harold Ramis is funny as the nerdy Egon, Dan Aykroyd is even funnier and nerdier as Ray, and Ernie Hudson is fun as the token black guy Winston. There is also some funny performances given by Sigourney Weaver as Venkman’s love-interest of sorts, Dana Barrett and Rick Moranis as Barrett’s nerdy next-door neighbor, Louis. As you can probably tell now that there are a lot of nerds in this flick but hey, nerds rule and they deserve their times to shine too.

Consensus: Ghostbusters is the classic that I always imagined it being even when I was still running around in my little Spider-Man undies. It’s funny, original, exciting, and perfectly-delivered by the likes of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and many many others.

9/10=Full Price!!

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19 responses to “Ghostbusters (1984)

  1. fogsmoviereviews December 12, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Excellent, glad you approve of it. I had heard a comment earlier this week on my discussion thread that one person “Didnt see what the big deal was” I was a little worried that perhaps it wasnt carrying over to modern audiences well.

    Guess it is!! :D

  2. Jaina December 12, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    When I first watched this film many moons ago it was Dan Akryod’s Ray that made me laugh the most and still is to this day. I don’t know – there’s something about Ray’s innocence I found and still find endearing and just funny. Bless!

    Yes the FX have aged badly, but the charm of the film is there in bucket loads and so few films have that these days.

  3. Mary December 12, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    You’re absolutely right. Pointing out the bad effects was a dickhead thing. Buy hey, ya win some, ya lose some.
    Anywho, totally agree. Awesome movie. Funny. Outrageous. Timeless. Good writing, keep it up, sir!

  4. Steven Flores December 12, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Nobody steps on a church in my town!!!

    This film is among the reasons why Bill Murray is abso-fuckin’-lutely awesome!

  5. Rodney December 13, 2011 at 1:35 am

    “Stairs. I wonder where they go?”

    “They go up.”

    Genius.

  6. Fitz December 14, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Never ages at all. I will still love this in twenty years.

  7. Ipodman December 14, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Love this film! I agree that the comedy is utterly hilarious… but I don’t think the CGI looks outdated… maybe a little fake, but still…

  8. Chip December 15, 2011 at 12:53 am

    I haven’t seen this movie for 20-25 years. I remember laughing at it, but a few years afterwards when I started hearing talk about it being the best comedy of all time I thought “Really?”

    Speaking of Murray, I remember his deadpan line “Okay, so she’s a dog” made me laugh quite a bit.

  9. Mystery Man December 18, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Love this movie! Can you believe first time I saw it, I had a nightmare? lol

    Great review! Yeah, i have my own back there somewhere…lol

    Oh, if you really want to see somethingIvan Reitman produced that it worth seeing, check out his duaghter’s (Catherine) movie reviews on yotube.

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