Beetlejuice (1988)

Wow, the after life isn’t so bad after all.

Thanks to an untimely demise, a young couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) ends up as poltergeists in their New England farmhouse, where they fail to meet the challenge of scaring away the insufferable new owners in this creepy comic classic. In desperation, the undead newlyweds turn to an expert frightmeister named Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton) — who has a diabolical agenda behind his scheme to help them.

Judging by the way the story looks from a beginners view point, it looks very serious. Well the truth is, not really, actually not at all.

The thing with this film from other of Tim Burton’s is that yes it has its crazy looks, but its not a film that it totally insane that you have no idea whats going on. The special effects are crazy and in your face, but you don’t loose sight of what is actually at hand.

I had a problem with the special effects cause I think Burton tries to overwhelm us with way too much special effects that it actually becomes obnoxious. I’m not going to fault the ambitious art direction in this film, it’s just too much of a not very good thing.

Now despite this, a lot of this film is very very very funny. I laughed at a good part of this film and surprisingly too. It does a great job of bending these dark humor and horror elements together while still having you laugh at everything that’s going on. Some stuff is a bit random but that’s the whole reason for the film, is that its supposed to be random and funny, which it does very well.

One of the main reasons why this film is so hilarious is because of Keaton. He plays Beetlejuice like this guy you know in real life. Always that kind of jokester guy who thinks hes the shit, but regardless Keaton still adds a tremendous amount of humor onto the film.

Consensus: Beetlejuice has too much special effects that get annoying, but features genuine humor that is made better by a energetic performance from Keaton.



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