Starring: Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts, Ernie Hudson
Directed by: Ivan Reitman
Written By: Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis
Rating: PG (US) Running Time: 1 hr 45 min
When I first sat down to write my review after re-watching Ghostbusters for the umpteenth time, at first I thought all I needed to do was link to IMDB’s quote page for the movie. But I figured that would be pretty lazy, and I can still include the link after making some observations.
How many comedies can you watch yearly for nearly thirty years after they were made, and still find the jokes funny each and every time? Ghostbusters is that kind of movie for me. It’s loaded from start to finish with the most amazing dialog and ideas. I mean really, who thinks up a 100ft Marshmallow man? The plot doesn’t really withstand much scrutiny, but who cares right? The premise is great, the characters unforgettable, and the chemistry between Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Bill Murray pretty much ensure any plot faults are completely overlooked.
Please don’t try to analyze the plot as it’s not going to hold up well at all. I mean come on, the story is about catching ghosts! Just relax and enjoy the premise and execution by its leading stars. If you’ve caught some older SNL skits with Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray or you’re a fan of Mr Murray’s work in Stripes and Scrooged. You’re all set to have a blast with this film. But what am I talking about? Who hasn’t seen Ghostbusters?! If that were me, I’d keep quiet about it, and quickly get hold of a copy and watch it.
Best viewing format:
The visual effects have held up great over the last 30 years. If a theater near you is screening the film then certainly go see this on the big screen. At home a HD viewing is the way to go.
Best moment for me: << spoiler >>
But just a few of my favorite moments include:
When Egon turns on Ray’s proton pack in the hotel elevator. Venkman’s experiment on negative reinforcement of psychokinetic abilities. Ray’s plan to approach the ghost they encounter in the New York public library. The shot over Manhattan after the spirits escape from Ghostbusters HQ. Winston’s instruction to Ray to always answer YES when asked if you’re a god. When Ray conjures up Gozer in the form of a 100ft tall Stay puff marshmallow man. I’ll stop there. Now go watch the movie!