Its June 8, 1984 and one of the best sci-fi/comedy (horror/comedy depending on your category preference) movies ever hits theaters across the globe. Now 30 years later Ghostbusters is back in theaters for a two week period. I was much too young to see it in theaters way back then when it was released so this time around I decided to check it to get the full theater experience.
For being 30 years old the movie still looks great. With less advanced technology to pull off special effects much of it still fits with what is being shown. The ghosts come off as very believable and so does the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. The close-ups of the terror dogs also look great, but these were done with animatronics. There is one scene that looks a bit dated from the technology constraints with Louis (Moranis) being chased by one of the terror dogs. It looks to have no weight to it floating across the streets.
The movie has a lot of sexual innuendo’s sprinkled throughout it bringing quite a bit of humor to the film. It amazes that this movie with the re-release would still get the PG rating and not a PG-13 one. A lot of the scenes speak to the comedic timing and ability of both Bill Murray who ad-libbed most of his dialogue and Harold Ramis who as did some ad-libbing too. However for all the sex jokes within the movie I still find this a very appropriate movie for kids. It works the same way as many Pixar films of today, jokes sprinkled within for adult enjoyment while also having jokes in there a kid could get and enjoy.
One of my most favorite bits from this movie is the subtle foreshadowing they do throughout the film alluding to the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. A good number of times you can see advertisements for the product, whether it be on a billboard in the city or the most obvious of them all, the marshmallow package Dana (Weaver) puts on her counter. It is purely genius and speaks measures to the set designer and filmmakers involved with this.
There are a good number of memorable quotes in this film with some occasionally getting reorganization on best 100 quotes of all-time lists. For me and how many times I’ve seen this movie I can’t help but quote it as it is playing along.
With me knowing a lot on the background of this film with what the original cast was planned to be (John Belushi, Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd and John Candy) and some of the details of the original film. I just cannot picture it to have been made with the names mentioned above. Sure I would be saying the opposite if they were actually in the movie but with how it was made; the acting, directing and story. I wouldn’t want it any other way as this version is beloved and perfect in my eyes.
So if you have any time to spare between now and this Thursday and want to get that full theater feel with Ghostbusters. I then suggest you check it out before it leaves theaters and if you are someone who has never seen the film I suggest this as a must see.
Directed by Ivan Reitman
Written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis
Starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts, William Atherton, Ernie Hudson and David Margulies
Runtime: 105 min
Release: June 8, 1984