Wednesday 16 November 2011

254: Review - Ghostbusters

CAUTION: Yen's blog contains harsh language and even harsher notions of propriety. Reader discretion is advised.

Ghostbusters poster

15th November 2011. Location: Cinema

Last year it was Back To The Future, this year Jurassic Park and Ghostbusters. If I can convince Cineworld to show Weird Science and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, their education of The Kids of Today will be complete...

So yeah; Ghostbusters! At the pictures! Awesome!

It's fantastic to see this in digital projection, and for the most part, the film's been cleaned up a treat. The puppets still look fantastic, and the stop-animation still looks really clunky in places (particularly when it's intercut with the puppets, like Vinz Clortho* at Louis Tully's party), but that only really adds to the charm, for me.

There are little details you don't really see on DVD, like the Stay Puft marshmallows on the kitchen worktop when the eggs start frying themselves, and the Stay Puft billboard on the side of the building later (it really is a horrendous product placement). Also worth mentioning that Bill Murray's performance somehow comes over differently in a cinema. It's somehow much more his film when you're seeing it that big, and a lot of his deadpan lines that passed me by during home viewings are prominently on display. The downside of this, of course, is that his performance then seems whackily over-acted for the remainder of the film.

It's also bizarre to see a film where the heroes are constantly walking around smoking, apparently without a trace of irony.

ANYWAY, no matter what observations I might make, old or new, this is one of the greatest films of all time.


Oh, and Weaver's pretty damn hot in this, isn't she? O_o

*How come Vinz Clortho gets a surname, but Zuul is just 'Zuul'?

• ^^^ That's dry, British humour, and most likely sarcasm or facetiousness.

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