Ghostbusters – Throwback Thursday

Intro to… Ghostbusters
When there’s something new, in the cinema. Who you gonna call? The Silver Screen Savant! When there’s something old, on TV. Who you gonna call? The Silver Screen Savant!

That is right, this week we are going to take a look at the 1984 hit sensation Ghostbusters. Let’s take this near-prehistoric flick downtown.

The Plot
Dr. Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) are parapsychologists employed by Columbia University. They are called in after a librarian of the New York Public Library claimed a ghost attacked her. Stantz forces his friend and colleague Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) to go with them.

At the library they examine the mayhem left behind by the ghost and take samples. As they continue their inspection they meet and even try to engage it, but they quickly find themselves running away from it. On the way back to the university they muse about how to catch supernatural entities concluding with Spengler claiming that he is pretty sure that he knows how it could be done.

Unfortunately they are in for quite a surprise when they get back and see that their offices are being cleaned out. The university has terminated their grants and they are required to move off the premises. To capitalize on their newfound knowledge they decide to start a business where they catch troublemaking ghosts. They become the Ghostbusters.

Should I Watch It?
The passage of time has taken its toll on Ghostbusters. The CGI ranges from weak to straight-out ridiculous, and the practical effects are nothing exceptional. Nostalgia prevents me from being bothered by this, but first time viewers might feel underwhelmed.

What did age well are the characters. Stantz, Spengler, and Venkman are all relatively likeable and have their own unique personality. Stantz is naïve and a real friend, Spengler is serious and dependable, and Venkman is sleazy but comical. Later in the movie we are introduced to Winston Zeddmore, played by Ernie Hudson, who becomes the fourth member of the group, but unfortunately he does not have a lot of screen time in the movie. This is a shame since this makes him a bit forgettable.

Ghostbusters might not be as visually impressive as it used to be, but it still is a fun and entertaining movie. This is a prime example of a film that has character. I recommend this movie.

Yes, watch it.

Hi guys, I hope you enjoyed reading this review. If you have any comments on this movie or suggestions for future reviews please let me know via the comment section below. Until next time!


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