Movie Title: Ghostbusters
Actors: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts, William Atherton, Ernie Hudson
Director: Ivan Reitman
Genre: Action / Comedy
Method of Viewing: DVD
Location of Viewing: Home
Viewing with: No One
Rotten Tomatoes: 93% – Ghostbusters is an infectiously fun blend of special effects and comedy, featuring a hilarious deadpan performance from Bill Murray.
My rating: *****
My assessment (the first 101 words at least): Each of these famous movies are forced to live up to different expectations, however this one did the best job. Within twenty minutes of the movie, all the pieces were there and the gang was ready to start busting ghosts. From beginning to end this movie is delivering sarcasm, one liners, and fantastic quotes. Ghostbusters never allows you to stop and think about the silly premise or nearly non-existent plot because there are so many jokes to laugh at. All of the actors deliver a perfect ensemble to ensure every kind of humor is here to make for a fantastic movie.
There’s little else to say about this movie, other than that I absolutely enjoyed every minute of it. If I wanted to be absolutely critical about it I could point out that there was almost no central plot to the entire movie. Sure it’s fun to watch the guys bust ghosts all over town, though technically the plot is all over the place. The central plot around Gozer isn’t really introduced until about an hour into the movie. Until then it’s basically just fun to watch the guys try to figure out what the heck they are doing. Realize that this isn’t a complaint against the movie, it’s actually a strength. I think they realized that the movie was at it’s most fun when the gang was simply allowed to have wacky adventures, and therefore 70% of the movie is just that. It’s just fun.