Yes yes, of course I’ve seen Ghostbusters before, but it’s been a long time. We started watching it at work, and I figured I ought to do a write-up on it since it’s been at least 5 or 6 years since I last saw it. Ghostbusters really is one of the best comedies ever made, and also a favorite from my childhood. I’m going to say now, this will be the last previously seen movie I write about on here, as I’m trying to only see movies I’ve never seen before, but damnit, Ghostbusters was just too good to pass up. It’s a movie that combines great actors, a tight and lighthearted script, and good special effects (for the time) to make one of the most quotable blockbusters ever made.
If you don’t know the plot of Ghostbusters, it follows three scientists working in Parapsychology at Columbia University. They get called to a city library where they find that all of their paranormal research has payed off when they see their first ghost. However, they’re fired almost immediately after so they decide that there’s no better time to start up their new business, the Ghostbusters. From there, we see them buy an old firehouse as their HQ, and go on different assignments to clear out various ghosts around New York City. That is, until a demon thousands of years old threatens to open a gateway between dimensions and destroy the world. Even with those stakes, the movie never loses sight of the ragtag team of Ghostbusters, and the incredible funny and light tone they carry with them.
If there’s one thing I love most about Ghostbusters, it’s that you can tell everyone involved is having a blast. From Bill Murray riffing and improvising away (apparently most of his dialogue was improv) to Rick Moranis going for broke with his wacky geek of a character, it just makes the whole thing enjoyable to watch. What also helped is the great script from Dan Akroyd and the late, great Harold Ramis. The man really was a great writer, and as Groundhog Day shows, also a wonderful director. Ivan Reitman directed Ghostbusters, and this era of the 1980’s is really where he shined brightest. With movies like Stripes and Meatballs, he knew comedy like nobody’s business back then.
The other great part of Ghostbusters is the rebellious genius that is Bill Murray. Playing Venkman with such a cocky and deadpan confidence, Murray helps in making this movie feel so timeless. You just get the sense that he walked onto set right as cameras started rolling and just made up all of his lines on the spot, but it’s always great to watch.
So with that last nostalgic trip down memory lane, that about wraps up Ghostbusters. If you haven’t seen this movie, (which I’ve talked to a surprisingly large amount of people who haven’t) definitely make some time for it. To me, it’s right up there with Star Wars in terms of classic summer blockbusters, but this one also happens to be one of the best comedies ever made.