Ghostbusters Movie Review Essay

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Ghostbusters Movie Review I Ain’t Afraid of no Ghost! The true test of a film’s greatness is time. The 1984 science-fiction/comedy classic, Ghostbusters, has stood the test of time, producing both a sequel (in 1989) and a hit cartoon series. Ghostbusters is the story of three offbeat scientists interested in paranormal matters: Peter Venkman (played by Bill Murray), Raymond Stanz (played by Dan Aykroyd), and Egon Spengler (played by Harold Ramis), who have just lost their university grant, and are suddenly forced out onto the streets of New York. What will they do now to survive? After taking a third mortgage out on Ray’s family home, Peter, Ray, and Egon decide to pursue the idea of catching and containing ghosts in the…show more content…
Woven into the film Ghostbusters are three plots (one main, and two subplots). The main plot of the film is the Ghostbusters trying to figure out the cause of the massive increase of ghost activity in New York lately, and the two subplots being: 1.) The love story between Venkman and Barrett, and 2.) The attempt made by the Environmental Protection Agency to shut down the Ghostbusters. The movie climaxes with the mayor of New York calling upon the Ghostbusters to rid the city of the cause of all the recent ghost activity: a demolition-God named: “Gozer”. During their encounter with “Gozer”, the Ghostbusters are asked to choose what form the destructor of New York will be. Ray thinks of a childhood memory and the choice is made. The famous Ray Stantz quote: “I tried to think of the one thing that would never ever hurt us…the Stay-Puffed Marshmallow Man.” Needless to say, the final showdown between the Ghostbusters, and a 500-foot tall marshmallow man sent by Gozer to destroy New York is extremely entertaining, with an exciting conclusion. The real joy of Ghostbusters is the comic interaction between the three (and later four) Ghostbusters. The well-written script by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis gives each character a distinct, sharp, and intelligent personality. Of course, a great script without great actors is useless. This is not a worry in Ghostbusters where the acting by the entire cast is excellent. Bill

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