Up until now, Ghostbusters had topped the list of movies I was ashamed that I had not seen. But thankfully I am ashamed no more, because I saw Ghostbusters and its awesome. Some may think 100% is a little much, but you watch it and say it doesn't deserve it. Ghostbusters was definitely one of the best movies to come out of the eighties and probably one of the most influential movies of all time, at least in terms of in-jokes in other things. It has all the elements of a great supernatural comedy. It has strong visual effects, great comedy, and good performances, especially the one from Bill Murray (AKA one of the greatest comedic actors of all time).
For those of you who don't know, Ghostbusters is about three scientists who get fired from their jobs at a university and decide to go into business investigating paranormal activities and getting rid of ghosts. Their business soon grows in popularity and circumstances have them battling a demon that threatens to destroy the entire city. There's also a subplot that directly ties to the climax where Dana (Sigourney Weaver) is haunted by dogs that possess her apartment building and her neighbour is also possessed and the Ghostbusters have to save the city from them.
I absolutely loved this story and this movie is not overrated at all in terms of comedy. Ghostbusters is one of the most hilarious movies I have ever seen and trust me, if you see it, it will probably be one of yours too. Most comedies nowadays try and make the jokes as broad as possible so even the lobotomized idiots (no offense intended) in the theatre will laugh. Ghostbusters, however, is one of the movies where one has to pay attention to laugh because most of the humour comes in one-liners and the brilliantly deadpan performance of Bill Murray. My personal favourite line (well, actually it's a series of lines) is:
Venkman: "Ray, you thought of something didn't you."
Stantz: "I'm sorry, it just popped in there."
Stantz: "It's the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man."
The movie is brilliantly written, but my comments about it being funny kind of explain that, so I will be moving on. The movie has some brilliant comedic performance, the two best probably being Bill Murray as Venkman and Rick Moranis as Lewis/The Keymaster. They are both brilliant comedians unto themselves and they are great in this movie. The performances of Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver should also be acknowledged because everyone was fantastic in this fantastic movie. All in all, fantastic performances.
The special effects were impressive for their time and are still fairly impressive, albeit a bit dated, for our time. However, thats pretty much all that can be said for those because its pretty self explanatory, so I shall wrap this review up. I think that everyone should watch this movie and I desperately want a DVD copy of it. It is one of the best movies ever to come out of the 80's and one of the most referenced movies to this day. If you haven't seen this yet, shame on you. You should stop wasting time and watch it now. All in all, simply a great movie. A must see for everyone.