Though I’m a millennial, I cannot consider myself an eighties child. Only three years of my life were spent in that era and I have maybe two memories of growing up during that period (I’m surprised that I can remember that far back). But my older brother is constantly whining about that the eighties were a better time with better movies and music. You could say that’s he’s very nostalgic for a time he’s never fully lived in, but each generation has it’s own identity enough for one to consider their spiritual period of true birth. Now as far as the 1980’s are concerned, I’ll admit there is some nostalgic charm.
During an era where Miami Vice suddenly made South Florida the center of the world and Michael Jackson moonwalking his way to the top forty, cinema had fully made it’s transition into new Hollywood. The old system that had been used for so long had been forced to following a code of conduct. Even when uplifted in the mid sixties, the elder generation still couldn’t adapt as well, paving way for guys like George Lucas, Francis Ford Copula, and Steven Spielberg to take further chances with just how cinematic a story can become. They became pioneers for new types of Sci-Fi and dramatic features. Even comedy could evolve into new heights, as explored as the classic does, Ghostbusters.
For the few of you that don’t know it, it centers around three Colombia University Academics professors, Peter Venkman (played by Bill Murray), Raymond Stantz (played by Dan Aykroyd), and Egon Spengler (played by Harold Ramis) as they constantly dwell into the world of spirits, telekinesis, and ESP. They encounter their first ghost at the New York Public Library and even with new readings and data, they’re teaching careers are terminated, sighting lack of true theories and evidence.
Venkman persuades the others to go into business as paranormal investigators, going as far to buy an old fire station as their headquarters. Their first customer is a women named Dana Barrett (played by Sigourney Weaver). She tells them about a parallel world she saw in her refrigerator and a voice calling “Zuul”. As they investigate her case, they get another call that lead to a hotel haunted by a slimmer ghost. Catching it grabs the attention of the city, getting them more jobs and even becoming national celebrities. They eventually hire a forth member, Winston Zeddemore (played by Ernie Hudson). The number of ghosts continue to rise as Dana’s haunt envelops her apartment building to the point the parallel world by be trying to jump over.
If you hadn’t seen Ghostbusters before, consider yourself a comedy virgin. Not only does the movie have a great set of main characters, but all of the side characters (from a monotone secretary to a neurotic neighbor played by Rick Moranis to an unruly EPA agent to a giant Marshmallow-Man) just add big laughs to show how diverse one metropolis like New York City can be. It’s all about taking the total of New York’s attitude and putting against powerful supernatural forces.
Now I haven’t seem most ghost movies that were made before this one, but I wouldn’t be surprised if most horror fans claim this as one of the best. Not because of how the ghosts looks on screen, but the fact that there are so many of them, and never do two look alike. Gone are all the stereotypes of floating sheets. I will say that when ever comedy tries to use a lot of special effects, then the blockbuster consequence can overweigh the actors. But even with demonic dogs and slimmer’s trying to kill them, the comedians get so many one liners in, that there is no way another could accomplish this. Movies like The Watch and R.I.P.D have wanted to follow the footsteps of this masterpiece, but fail to understand the balance that makes Ghostbusters work.
I’ll give this five Slimers out of five. People have talked about Ghostbusters before, and even I feel like that what I’m saying cannot do it justice. So who you gonna call? Netflix so that you can watch this.