Ghostbusters has probably impacted my life more than any movie. It is a perfect movie for so many reasons. It works as a comedy, a ghost movie, or even a romantic drama about 2 people coming together no matter the odds stacked against them. Even though it came out in 1984, this movie still holds up today better than almost any other film. I’ve seen Ghostbusters close to 500 times in my life and still find myself captivated every time I watch it.
Written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, and directed by Ivan Reitman, Ghostbusters perfectly navigates through humorous and serious tones while never feeling forced on either side. This movie has a cast of comedic titans that has yet to be matched. Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramos, Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, and Ernie Hudson (who is very underrated for his straight man performance in this movie; his dry every-man persona perfectly balances everyone out) deftly deliver one liners and wit that is iconic in every way. Some of which rank in the territory of all-time cinema greats. It’s one of the few movies where someone can say a line, and multiple people will join in quoting it. It is almost a compulsion, because no one wants to be the person that fails to add to the Ghostbusters quote circles. It might not be the funniest movie ever, but it is hands-down the most iconic and important comedy movie of all time.
As previously stated, this is also an amazing ghost movie. The ghosts have unique designs and some of them lean on the creepy side. This helps it stand out as a hallmark feature of the ghost movie genre. The special effects with the ghouls still hold up. The movie has been remastered to 4K HDR and they show no real signs of age. While the technique used might be long gone, these specters feel like they belong in the world they are in. They seem as if they can interact (to the degree in which a spectral entity can) with their surroundings and people. Ghosts such as the Librarian, Slimer, and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (yes, I know he isn’t technically a ghost but the theme still works) are about as iconic as you can get. People these days still know who Slimer and Stay Puft are. Slimer was so popular he had his own toothpaste, and was also the mascot of their HI-C flavor. The spookiness of the Librarian at the beginning sets you up for the ghostly tone and never disappoints.
The characters all play superbly off of each other. No person ever feels out of place, and all of them add their own unique flair. This quality adds to the nearly unbeatable love story between Sigourney Weaver and Bill Murray. He's the almost sleazy conman that wants to use the ghost busting for picking up women as much as the other wants to use it to learn about the supernatural. She is the skeptic that is forced to call on them after she starts experiencing the unexplainable firsthand. She keeps him at a distance while he tries to charm his way in to her life, and ultimately she gives him a chance after seeing there might be more to him than meets the eye. They have such amazing chemistry that the electricity between them almost jumps off the screen.
Last, but certainly not least, you can't talk about Ghostbusters without talking about the theme song by Ray Parker Jr. This song is just as iconic as the rest of the movie. It's just as much of an ear worm now as it has ever been. Even to this day, you're hard pressed to say “Who ya gonna call?” near anyone else and they not reply with “Ghostbusters!” (It's such an amazing song that someone parodied it to be about the World Series winning Cubs with “Goatbusters.”)
Ghostbusters is the perfect film. Every time I watch it, I find something new. Whether it's a unique way something was shot, the subtlety of a facial expression during a line I love, or the vocal inflections in the daily itself. The nuance and dedication to detail make this movie the one I am most thankful for.
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