Friday, October 18, 2013


1984's Ghostbusters is not only one of the best films of the 80s, but is one of if not the most quotable film of all time. It stars Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd  as 3 recently unemployed parapsychologists who go into business for themselves as paranormal exterminators. The film also stars Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis.

The Plot of this film is outlandish and creative, yet still has a strong tie to reality. That was one of the contributions Harold Ramis made while writing the script with Aykroyd, who originally wrote the film to take place in the future. I feel by having it set in the then modern time of 1984, it actually made the film funnier as it gave the film a grounding point in reality. The story is entertaining all the way through, and is clever and comedic from start to finish.

The acting in the film was outstanding from the main actors to the supporting cast. Bill Murray as Dr. Peter Venkman was great as the goof off of the group, and had some of the best lines in the movie. Dan Aykroyd as Ray Stantz was a scientist with the excitement of a child at times which made for a lovable character. Harold Ramis was good as Egon the no nonsense scientist, and his deadpan delivery of lines is outstanding.
Ernie Hudson was the "every man" of the group, and did a great job as the character everyone could relate to. Sigourney Weaver as Dana Barrett was great and had chemistry with Bill Murray, it made the relationship between her and Venkman seem genuine.

The special effects of the film, which was made nearly 30 years ago, are technically dated by today's standards, but I feel they still look great. The puppetry and stop motion animation used for the ghosts is still outstanding and looks good today. The special effects used for the proton packs also still look good, if not a little goofy looking now. That is the charm of this film though, its somewhat cartoon-like ghosts and effects never seem dated even now in 2013.

Ghostbusters is one of those universally loved films that nearly everyone has seen. Its a a fun film to watch now as an adult, and still takes me back to watching it as a child. The story and acting never get old and it is a timeless film in my eyes. This is the kind of film which you can sit down with the entire family and everyone will find something to enjoy about it.

Verdict: Great laughs, acting and special effects all wrapped up into one outstanding film.


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