8 August 2017
3 would-be scientists working at the University are looking into the paranormal and testing students. They get kicked out of practice due to some slightly unethical tests (and the fact that everyone doubts their field of study and thinks they are nuts!) so they decide to go into business for themselves as “Ghostbusters”. They create all manner of tools and gadgets in order to hunt for and trap ghosts, expanding their business and eventually recruiting help along the way too. Unbeknownst to anybody a long dead Sumerian deity called Dozer is attempting to make a come back and it’s up to the Ghostbusters to put an end to the chaos and evil.
This is one of my favorite films of all time and is a classic film which stands out as one of the best in the 80’s. It is filled the rafters with great humour as well as scares and horror a plenty too. As a young boy I was memorized watching this and wanted to be a Ghostbuster! Watching this film back has never disappointing me and I usually find something new which I didn’t catch on other viewings. The cast is fantastic and adds much to the success of the featuring Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts, Sigourney Weaver all deliver excellent performances. Ivan Reitmen did an excellent job with the film as director balancing the effects with genuine dialogue acting, he let some of the actors improvise their own lines to brilliant effect. I reckon that Ackroyd and Ramis’s script was already creative and hilarious but it’s not often that you get a director who gives control to some of the stars to do what they do best when they aren’t in feature films (most of the main stars were comedic stars on late night American TV shows). Some of the special effects look a little dated nowadays but not all of them, some still stand up as effective and as appealing as they were in the 80’s when this was wowing audiences around the world. You have to remember this was before what we consider to be modern CGI so a lot of the effects you see are lessons learned from cinema over the years. As for music or a soundtrack, can you honestly say you’ve gone through life without hearing Ray Parker Jr’s classic titular anthem?!
The success of this film led to cartoons, comics, a sequel, a range of toys, and whole host of moments which still get referenced today.
Family friendly, full of fun, great visuals and soundtrack, memorable to this day, I could write soo many great things about this but I’ll end by saying that you really can’t go wrong watching this great film!