Ghostbusters (1984)

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A trio of bumbling paranormal investigators are called in when New York City is threatened by a pan-dimensional being set on destruction.

Ghostbusters was a staple of my childhood and although it’s hardly the wittiest or most hilarious comedy ever written it still has so much infectious charm it’s impossible to not warm to it. It works because of the fun premise and the hugely likeable leads played by an amusingly deadpan Harold Ramis, wide-eyed innocent Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray who by now had perfected his sarcastic but charming smart ass persona. It doesn’t have the invention of Back To The Future but is still a really nice blend of fantasy and laughs that only loses steam a little for a finale that foolishly abandons the gags in favour of rather dated special effects.

But where else are you going to see a Godzilla-like marshmallow man terrorizing New York? Enjoyable, family friendly fun.

6.5/10

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One thought on “Ghostbusters (1984)

  1. I don’t think it’s laugh-out-loud funny, but then, I don’t think it was designed that way. I think it’s a wry balance of humour, and the horror stuff is quite creepily done (especially the bits with Dana). A horror/comedy as well executed as this is hard to come by, and I’d say this film is an out-and-out classic. Murray, Ackroyd and Ramis are solid gold here, and the effects and NYC in the summer of ’84 carry a LOT of charm.

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