Classic: Ghostbusters (1984) A Review

This is a 1980s staple!  Everyone has to see Ghostbusters at least once in their lifetime, it’s a classic!  And I chose now to revisit one of my all time favourite 80s films!

Certificate: PG

Director: Ivan Reitman

Screenwriter: Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis

Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver

Genre: Action, Comedy

Runtime: 105 Minutes


Reviewed by: Pearl

When three professors of parapsychology find themselves out of a job, they decide to branch out on their own and open in independent paranormal investigation agency called ‘Ghostbusters.’  Business is slow at first, but when things start to pick up, they find out that they may have accidently stumbled into the middle of an interdimensional invasion plan. 

This has to be one of the most iconic of the eighties classics.  It is referenced and spoofed in countless other movies and still delights audiences to this very day.  When you think of eighties classics this Is right up there, and it is there for a good reason.  Sure so the special effects haven’t aged all that well, that does little to diminish it’s charm.  It stars a bunch of eighties stars, Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver just to name a couple and the story and the humour stand up well to todays audiences.

Although this is designed to be an ensemble film, Bill Murray really is the star.  He has more throw away comedic lines in this film then you can throw a stick at.  It really is him that you come to see, and the witty dialogue the entire way through between him and Dan Ackroyd is just perfect.  They have also thrown Rick Moranis in there as well, in case you needed someone else to bring the chuckles, but even without his rather minor character, there is plenty to laugh about in this film.

The main storyline for the film, revolving around the planned ‘destruction’ of earth does take it’s time getting started. It is hinted at towards the beginning of the film, and then is almost forgotten for most of the second act while we watch the Ghostbusters rise to fame.  Then Sigourney Weaver returns in that amazing flowing dress and heavy eye makeup and then the final act of the film really ramps up the action.  It takes about twenty minutes longer then it should to get going, but once it gets going, the final act of the film really is great and worth sticking around for. (I mean who doesn’t want to see a giant Marshmallow man try and destroy New York.  The Avengers never dared face such a foe!)

Yes the entire thing is incredibly cheesy.  The story is cheesy, the dialogue is cheesy.  But that doesn’t mean that it isn’t worth watching.  It may seem silly compared to todays standards, but I would still rewatch this one over the 2016 remake anyday.

If by chance you are over the age of 20 and have never had the joy of experiencing this classic, I highly recommend you do so as soon as possible.  Ghostbusters is available to buy from Amazon Prime Video for £3.99 now!

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