Ghostbusters is one of my favourite films ever. It is one I can always go back to, watch at any time and laugh all the way through constantly. The story, the characters. Everything is perfect!
The story follows three scientists that begin investigating paranormal activity around New York. When the threat of the ghosts rises, they take to the streets as Ghostbusters to catch and imprison them all. If that sounds weird enough then be glad they changed the idea from the original, dimension travelling ‘Ghostmashers’.
Those three scientists are Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz and Egon Spengler, played by Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd and Harold Ramis. All three are brilliant characters and all three are hilarious. Particularly Murray. Venkman is a cocky, egotistical guy who has his eyes set on paranormal victim Dana, played excellently by Sigourney Weaver. Ray and Egon meanwhile are the brains behind the Ghostbusters, both in the film and out of it, having written the script together. It’s that script, and the improvisation, that keeps the movie rolling. Hilarious all the way through with way more than a few actual laugh out loud moments.
The effects, both practical and computer generated, are incredible and still hold up reasonably well. The practical effects particularly are incredible. When the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man arrives, just a man in a suit, it looks as though he really is 100 feet tall. Other ghosts look equally as good, with strange designs that make them look both weird and scary at the same time. I’m looking at you, Slimer. Even smaller effects like eggs popping out of their shells and frying on a kitchen counter are incredibly well achieved.
But of course, you can’t talk about Ghostbusters without talking about the music. In particular, that theme song. Probably one of the most upbeat, sing along movie themes of all time. You can’t help but smile and sing! It’s just another small thing about this film that makes you so happy. Well, for me anyway. I love this film!
Other cast members include Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore, a new recruit to the Ghostbusters. His skepticism is refreshing when juxtaposed to Ray and Egon, who are effectively the polar opposite of him. Annie Potts as overworked receptionist Janine is great as a deadpan counter to anyone else talking to her. But Rick Moranis is possibly the most hilarious as Louis Tully, a hapless bystander who gets drawn into the paranormal happenings in New York.
Everything about Ghostbusters just works. The characters, the actors, the effects, the story, the locations and the music. All are brilliant. All are uproariously funny. And all are what make Ghostbusters one of my favourite films of all time.
JACK’S SCORE: 5/5