Monday, 31 October 2011

Special Holiday Wednesday Review on Monday: Ghostbusters

Hey everybody, I’m here with a special movie review in light of the holiday season! Today, being Halloween, I’ve decided to post my Wednesday Review today instead, and it’s something, though not a Halloween film, but I find fits the mood perfectly. A film starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis. The one. The only. GHOST BUSTERS!
Ghostbusters Title Card
He slimmed me.

Review after the break. 

The film opens with a shot of the New York Public Library (why does everything happen in New York City?) and some eerie music plays. We follow a librarian into the basement where she starts putting books away, and as she turns her back a couple of the books float across the aisle onto the shelf opposite. Then the library cards start flying out of the card catalogue and the librarian freaks out. The effects so far are well done, a lot better than nowadays in my personal opinion. She runs away frantically and then we hear a ghostly growl as light and wind strike her head on and cue the title credits.
From left to right: Harold Ramis and Egon Spengler, Dan Aykroyd
as Ray Stantz, Bill Murray as Peter Venkman, and Ernie Hudson
as Winston Zeddmore.

Bill Murray’s opening scene we get to see how much of a womanizer he is, usual Bill Murray character, and Dan Aykroyd is so caught up in his own little world he’s oblivious to his surroundings. Mind you, Harold Ramis is worse, but that’s just Egon.

“Listen! Do you smell something?” I don’t think “listen” was the word you wanted to use there.

I’m so glad that they’ve spent years of work trying to find ghosts, but never planned out what they would do once that actually found one.

Rick Moranis is one of my all time favourite actors. Plus he’s Canadian, eh? Yeah I went there. With the stereotypical Canadian accent and phrases (which, coincidentally, only began because of Bob and Doug McKenzie (Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas)). Rick Moranis better be in Ghostbusters 3.

Stay Puft Boiling Eggs.
Hey check it out! There’s a bag of Stay Puft Marshmallows on the counter with the boiling eggs! I never noticed that before! Foreshadowing!

I always remembered the TV show and how Slimer was such a big part of it. It always makes me sad to think that he’s barely in either of the films.

Total protonic reversal. Good safety tip. Don’t cross the steams. Might’ve mentioned that sooner though ... it IS a big thing.

They really need to practice their aim with those things.

Gotcha! Slimer was caught! Give a nickname to the newly caught Slimer?

Wow. This is the first time I’ve ever realised that Casey Kasem is in this film too. Mind you, just as a radio announcer, but still, this review is opening up a world of information for me.

You know, Louis really needs to not have his door auto-lock every time it closes. That or remember to ALWAYS have a key on himself.

She sleeps above her covers. FOUR FEET above her covers.
The creature in the chair was totally grabbing her boob. Pervert ghosts.

“There is no Dana. Only Zool.” Classic line.

That’s what I love about old films versus newer ones. In the old days they didn’t green screen or other visual effects, instead they used wires, or costumes, or Muppets, and it looked a lot better ... most of the time. Take Dana floating three feet above her covers, this looks way better than it would if they did it with CGI or green screen.

I love the fact that the helmet Egon puts on Louis’ head is just a soup strainer with wires all over it.

Why is it that Zool seems to be pretty on top of things, but Vince seems a little retarded about everything? Is it just because of whose playing the characters?

So let me get this straight, the sign that Zool and Vince have been waiting for is the containment unit exploding? And the only reason the unit exploded is because of that environmental loony Peck? So what you’re telling me is that, essentially, the bad guys only come to this world because of that annoying Peck guy? It’s all his fault!
Look at the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man's face!

Why did Dana’s wall just randomly explode?

I love the fact that all the inmates in the prison cell are just as interested in building blueprints and ghost attacks as the Ghostbusters are.

That’s how you get to a politician. “Who will have saved the lives of millions of registered voters.”

Oh God ... I would not want to climb twenty-two stories of stairs.

He just looks so happy destroying the city.
“Ray, when someone asks you if you’re a god, you say ‘YES’!”

The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man looks so happy to be destroying the city.

I love the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man’s face when they’re crossing the streams. He’s like “OH Sheeeeeit!”

Ghost Busters is a fantastic movie. It has a great plot that is full of comedy, action, mystery, and suspense. The characters are well developed with little to no problems, and the cast is perfect for their roles. The idea is original. The film has some great memorable lines, plus the invention of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. It has some interesting and different antagonists that keep the film interesting. The effects used are good, they don’t look cheesy and it’s rarely possible to tell what is an effect and what isn’t.

Definitely give this film 8/10 because I love this town!

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