Ghostbusters (1984) - Review

With the Halloween weekend being a busy one, I was unable to see a movie this weekend. So here is my review of one of the best Halloween movies ever, Ghostbusters!


The plot of Ghostbusters is a full one, including the talents of many famous actors such as Rick Moranis and Sigourney Weaver. The plot moves fairly quickly, following the mediocre rise of the Ghostbusters (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis) from low level ghost capturing to full - scale war against an army of the undead. At almost 2 hours, director Ivan Reitman (father of Jason Reitman) certainly ran the risk of a confusing plot. But the fluidity of the characters and constant escalation of stakes gave ample breathing room for the talented actors and actresses. Director Ivan Reitman recognized the star power of star Bill Murray, and did a fantastic job of making him feel like the lovable loser, as well as the triumphant hero.


All of the stars of Ghostbusters give amazing performances, bringing hilarity mixed with an insane amount of theatrical silliness. Sigourney Weaver in particular gives a performance unlike any other she has given, as both the love interest for Bill Murray and the completely bonkers "gatekeeper". All characters stand on their own in Ghostbusters, with none of them relying on the others wit or stage presence.


In the year Ghostbusters released, 1984, This is Spinal Tap, Gremlins, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Footloose, Terminator, Police Academy, and Beverly Hills Cop all released, and yet we still remember Ghostbusters for its humor. The Ecto-1, proton packs, and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man all went a long way to distinguish Ghostbusters from other ensemble comedies of the year.


Ghostbusters is certainly a film that everyone should see, especially on Halloween. While the sequel should be ignored, hope for the all female Ghostbusters releasing next year should be kept.

Pros- ensemble cast, cameos, silly self - awareness

Cons- spawned an awful sequel