Ghostbusters (1984) Review

Special thanks to Bill for suggesting this review.

If I saw a ghost in my house, I’d know exactly who to call: A moving company.

Sheldon Cooper

I can’t possibly imagine that someone out there doesn’t know what this movie’s about, but I’ll still give a quick synopsis: A few scientists fight ghosts in NYC. That’s pretty much all you need to know. This movie was a huge hit back in the 80′s and is still pretty fondly remembered. How does it hold up?

Well, I don’t need to draw this out any longer: This is my favorite movie of all time. When I was a kid, I would watch this movie multiple times a day and I still watch it every couple of months. I love this movie more than I could ever love any real person.

Crowd of people
Sorry, real people

Ray Stanz (Dan Aykroyd) has a few of my favorite lines from any movie: “Listen, do you smell something?” and “Does this pole still work?” are two of the best. Winston Zedmore (Ernie Hudson) has loads of style, even though he’s underutilized. Rick Moranis completely sells his role as Louis Tully. But all of them are overshadowed by Bill Murray’s portrayal of Peter Venkman.

Bill Murray owns this movie. He’s the funniest part of every scene he’s in, even when he’s playing the straight man. It’s not an exaggeration to say that Bill Murray might be the best comedic actor of all time. He’s perfect.

Of course, you can’t even think of this movie without thinking of Ray Parker Jr’s classic song. I’m humming it right now as I write this review. Just singing this song makes anything less scary.

Shining Twins
I ain’t afraid of no ghosts

This movie is perfect. I could watch this movie every day and never get sick of it. If the awesomeness of this movie were a Twinkie, it’d be a Twinkie thirty-five feet long, weighing approximately six hundred pounds.

Egon Spengler
That’s a big Twinkie

Final verdict: Bustin’ makes me feel good

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