Some of you may recall that in my “top five most anticipated movies of fall 2014” list, I put the 30th anniversary re-release of Ghostbusters at number five and stated that I would review the movie shortly after I saw it on the big screen. Sadly, I didn’t get a chance to see it. The theatre in my town wasn’t screening it, and the closest town that was showing it was still two hours away. That being said I still recommend if you have the opportunity to see this movie on the big screen. In my opinion, There’s no better way to celebrate the 30 year legacy of the Ghostbusters. Despite that, I still re-watched the film last night on TV, and have provided a review nontheless. So without further ado, let’s get started.
Sometimes Reviewing a film that I enjoyed is far more difficult than reviewing a film that I disliked. When I review something that I like, my main goal is to give the reader an understanding of two things, A bias take on Why I loved it, and an unbiased take on why I think that what i’m reviewing is generally great. When reviewing a classic, like Ghostbusters, however, The way I approach film critiquing feels like it would backfire. the problem here is that nearly everyone knows everything about Ghostbusters. It’s one of those movies where even if you haven’t seen it, your aware of it, as well as the entire franchise. It’s hard to do something that iconic justice, but since this year marks the film’s 30th anniversary, I feel like I owe it to this classic to at least give it a second look.
Although Ghostbusters is remembered as one of the comedy greats, I had forgotten just how subtle most of it’s humour is. Alot of the jokes rely on callbacks and references to events that took place earlier in the movie, And it goes to show just how great the chemistry is between the characters. I think Peter (Bill Murray) made me laugh the most, but Ray (Dan Aykroyd), Egon (Harold Ramis) and Winston (Ernie Hudson) all have moments to shine. There’s also a ton of side characters that don’t get too much screen time, but make every second count and remain just as memorable as the main cast.
As expected with a title like “Ghostbusters”, There are plenty of ghosts and ghoulish creatures that lurk around the film. Most of the effects hold up pretty well (with only a few minor effect shots coming off as rather dated) but what really sells is is the creature design. The monsters in this movie range from looking cartoony and hilarious to menacing and frightening. I I had to choose a favourite, I would go with either the terror dogs or Mr. Stay Puft. latter greatly appeals to me due to the Godzilla references, while the terror dogs give the film an effective element of horror without going overboard (as well as having fantastic designs). The soundtrack is also very good, providing lots of lighthearted tracks that balance out nicely with a few more sinister ones. And of course, there’s that theme song. It appears frequently throughout the film, and will not leave your head.
Ghostbusters is a genre defining film. I’d go as far to say it’s one of the most successful horror comedy mashups out there. This ambitious movie is just dripping with frighting atmospheric sequences coupled with some truly memorable characters and lines. It’s a film that deserves to be seen at least once by everyone. If you haven’t seen Ghostbusters yet, see it. You are guaranteed a great time.