REPOST: Ghostbusters, created by Ivan Rietman: a Film Review


Three paranormal scientists at Columbia university have their first true run in at the New York Public Library.  While they are run out of the facility by the corporeal specter at last they have their proof that supernatural and ghostly apparitions exist.  They return back to Columbia only to find that they are being thrown out of the college for lack of compunction and proof of their theories.

So what else would you do? Go into business for yourself obviously. 

It is in their new facility (a nearly condemned firehouse) that they meet Dana Barrett.  She has called on the Ghostbusters to help her with an anomaly that has somehow appeared in the fridge of her corner penthouse.  While the trio goes to work handling her case the rest of NYC seems to explode with paranormal activity.

What will happen as the Ghostbusters are pulled around by the new and extensive activity, the EPA and the mysterious Zuul?

General Information:

-Genre: Paranormal Comedy

-Creator: Ivan Rietman

-Length: 105 minutes

-Rating: PG (mild sex and nudity, mild supernatural violence and gore, moderate profanity, some supernatural themes, mild smoking)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (rent or buy), iTunes (rent or buy), YouTube (buy), DVD, Blue-Ray, or find it at your local library (like I did!)

-Main Cast: Billy Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts, William Athelton, Ernie Hudson

-Page of Reference in RPO: 62

Review (contains spoilers):

This was one of my brother’s first times watching through Ghostbusters (he got scared by Slimer… or maybe the freaky painting in Ghostbusters 2… as a kid and never watched them after that).  I’m an avid Ghostbusters fan and watch it every single Halloween season.

So I decided to ask his opinion of the movie both as we watched it and afterward.

He said: really fun movie.  Has a very 1980s feel in various parts particularly as they are on the street and headed into Dana’s apartment for the last fight with the StayPuft Marshmallow Man.  But yeah, really fun and silly.

I agree.  It is a really fun movie and is great for families with older kids.  It has some fairly intense and slightly scary scenes but anymore kids see worse on Tik-Tok and YouTube.  Just make sure to watch it first to determine if your kids are able to handle the supernatural and paranormal themes.

For us today the movie often comes off as cheesy and there are moments that feel very essentially vintage (the card catalogue in the library, the CGI ghosts and some of the soundtrack).  But for me it is all nostalgic.  I loved this movie as a kid.  It was a safe and fun movie to watch on Halloween paired with some candy from trick or treat.

Overall the whole movie still holds up.  The humor is still there. As an adult I get some more of the innuendos and the more adult moments of the film.  I appreciate the performances by Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray and the rest of the very familiar cast.  If you watch a lot of 1980s and early 1990s film you will understand what I mean.

It’s a super fun and satisfying movie to watch even over 35 years after it was created.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

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