Sunday, May 02, 2010

Here to Save the World "Ghostbusters"

Ghostbusters (1984) is an 80's classic that features the fantastic comedic trio of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis. The film's success can be attributed to the special effects (impressive for the 80's) and the ingenious comedic script.

The Ghostbusters are; Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Egon Spengler, Dr. Ray Stantz, three recently unemployed psychotherapists turned paranormal exterminators. As the group gains credit throughout the community the plot twists and turns through demonic possession and near Armageddon by way of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. The Ghostbusters become heroes when they defeat the marshmallow man and save the city.

The ridiculously humorous outfits and paranormal equipment along with witty dialogue and dry comedy make this film very entertaining. The styles and soundtrack, featuring heavy synthesizer influence make the film recognizable as 80's, yet the comedic script mixed with popular science fiction makes for a movie that will remain timeless. It was one of the highest grossing films of the 1980's at $291,632,124 in the United States alone. The film was remade in 1989 and there are talks of a Ghostbusters III to be released in the near future. I hope that the film retains its comedic effect and does not discredit the original, but you never know nowadays. I would recommend this film to everyone who hasn't seen it, because it's impossible to not to enjoy.

The Marshmallow Man

1 comment:

Vladigogo said...

One of my most prized possessions is a Marshmallow man figurine in my office.