Quick-Thoughts: Ghostbusters I & II (1984-1989)

Ghostbusters (1984)

2nd Viewing

The theme song never ceases to bang!

Yeah, it’s fun and unique, but whatever happened to blockbusters being horny like this? Plus, all that shameless expression of sassy New York attitudes, awkward (yet charming) improv, crappy animation cropping effects, climaxes that are basically just Michael Jackson music videos, ya know? I’m honestly shocked that these things haven’t made a comeback yet given how much mainstream material currently banks on 80s nostalgia; why return to the old if you can’t bring back all the sus s**t from it as well?

Verdict: B-

“Ghostbusters” is now available to rent on Amazon Prime.

Ghostbusters II (1989)

The gang’s chemistry feels just as fresh as it was previously, and yippee more cheesy, over-the-top special effects!!! However, the whole by the books, sequel-itis will-they-won’t-they? plot-line with Peter and Dana is such a hindrance to the momentum of Ghostbusters II. I respect the film’s commitment though to embrace as much quirky weirdness and goofiness in honor of its comparably aimed predecessor as possible, but it’s otherwise boring whenever it wants to be conventionally sweet and touching, and especially whenever it just decides to *eye roll* hit the same story beats as the original did as an easy way out.

The Ghostbusters’ disrespectful disrupting-every-place-imaginable doubles here howbeit so that’s commendable, but there’s only a QUARTER of the horniness as the original in this so nah! 

Verdict: C

“Ghostbusters II” is now available to rent on Amazon Prime.

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