Monday, October 31

31 Days Of Horror: Day 30

Dir: Ivan Reitman
Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver,
Ernie Hudson, and Harold Ramis

It’s a welcome surprise when I come back to a movie that I haven’t seen in awhile and find it as enjoyable as when I first watched it. Ghostbusters was a favorite of mine as a kid, one of those films that I would watch at Halloween time every year. For some reason or another I stopped watching this movie. So, needless to say, I decided to revive this film and start the tradition over again, new format and all. Let’s see what the Ghostbusters looks like in HD.

Ghostbusters needs zero introduction, you clearly know what you are getting into before fifteen minutes of film fly by. There is a great camaraderie that is achieved in this film from the very beginning, which allows the film to dive deep into plot early on without feeling like
we aren’t familiar with the characters already. Bill Murray embodies sarcasm and dry humor better than any other comedic actor; he has a likable quality even though his actions don’t warrant sympathy or admiration from the viewer. Aykroyd has always been able to play off type characters with ease, whether it’s the big city jerk in The Great Outdoors, too cool for school Blues Brother, or the endearing father from My Girl, he’s capable of jumping into numerous roles. The updated Blu-Ray cleans up the dated effects, but not enough that it feels different or loses the time specific quality, it’s just cleaner. And it still holds that great quality from all our childhoods, something that we are all familiar with, could probably quote lines from, but still brings back those feeling of being a kid. It’s a film that kids today will look back on and remember what it’s like to be a kid, an experience that parents and children can sit down to and lose themselves in for 90 minutes. Day 30 who you gonna call? 

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