Saturday, July 9, 2016

Movie Review: Ghostbusters II

Five years after the original Ghostbuster, the four paranormal exterminators return for a second and final adventure. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson all return as Dr. Peter Vankman, Dr. Raymond Stantz, Dr. Egon Spengler, and Winston Zeddemore respectively. They have been banned from investigating paranormal activity since their first adventure, but a new case draws them back. 

Sigourney Weaver also reprises her role as the haunted Dana Barrett who has a son who has become the object of obsession of an evil wizard Vigo (Wilhelm von Homburg) trapped inside a painting. The Ghostbusters discover a running river of slime beneath the city. The slime is reactive to emotions and thrives off of negative energy, but also dances to music.

The sequel is a bit sillier focusing more on the comedic aspect of chasing ghosts than horror. As a kid, the image of Vigo menacing in the painting always used to scare me as a kid but I can see why some critics would be unimpressed after my most recent viewing. There is a scene in the subway that is still sort of freaky, and the courtroom attack of two convicts sentenced do death by electrocution was a nice mix of comedy and spookiness.

The laughs are pretty funny in a humor that was great for the 80s including Rick Moranis returning as the bumbling tax attorney and accountant Louis Tully just to dress up as a Ghostbuster and take on Slimer. Also, Annie Potts returns as the high-pitched voiced secretary to help the Ghostbusters restart their business. 

The movie was goofy and fun but doesn't set such a high standard as to not be matched by the upcoming reboot of the beloved franchise. I certainly understand the nostalgia factor, but I'm looking forward to the new reimagining and hope for its continued success as I would like these movies to continue to be made no matter the gender. The sequel is personally amusing and fun to me and I enjoy revisiting it these many years later. 

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