Thursday, December 07, 2006
Ghostbusters II begins several years after the events of the first film, and the popularity of our heroes has dwindled down from national media attention to hosting children's birthday parties. A lack of ghosts to capture has them out of business until Peter Venkman's (Bill Murray) old flame, Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver), asks the gang to investigate some paranormal activity surrounding her child. It turns out to be connected to some hateful slime and an evil painting.
The most memorable scene in the film, and possibly the series, would be the legendary Statue of Liberty fight scene. In order to get into a museum covered in evil goo, the Ghostbusters use the same evil goo and some soul music courtesy of Jackie Wilson to bring the statue to life. It proceeds to walk across New York City to the museum, where it breaks all the windows, allowing the Ghostbusters to run in and zap the evil painting. Ghostbusters II made a lot of sense.
The problem with this film is that it is very loosely held together by a plot that involves goo and paintings. The movie is completely ridiculous, in that regard. However, if you can ignore the weak plot and simply look at it for its entertainment value, it is just as much fun as the first.