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Five years after they defeated Zuul, the Ghostbusters are out of business. When Dana begins to have ghost problems again, the boys come out of retirement to aid her and hopefully save New York City from a new paranormal threat.
Wow, this was one of the most bizarre rewatches I've had in quite some time.
When this first came out I had already practically destroyed my VHS player by playing the first film over and over and over again. So when halfway 1990 the sequel finally reached the cinematic wasteland we call the Netherlands, I was first in line to watch it. And boy did I hate its guts. I'll be honest, I really can't remember what my fifteen year old self disliked about it so much, all I know is that I had never watched it again until now.
And yes, I think my fifteen year old self is an idiot.
This film, while never truly recreating the magical…
It's fascinating to watch sequels struggle with their previous successes and how to exactly incorporate them into franchise progression, but I would say that Ghostbusters II is acceptable in its own right because of its open, even frustrated view of itself. Having its cake and eating it too, Ivan Reitman's comedy sequel conforms the first act of the film to its struggling (and successful) band of characters after the events in Ghostbusters, settling into a rhythm which is abruptly abandoned for grander spooky elements and effects wizardry. It's as if the entire cast and crew realized that, either way, people weren't going to take the film on its own merits (it was made 5 years later after all, and…
........here's the thing with "Ghostbusters II".
It's definitely a watered down version of the original with many scenes playing by the same beats. It's not nearly as memorable or quotable. It's not nearly as funny in many areas with more jokes being hit or miss. And it's not as inventive with it's central concept as it should be which is to be expected from most comedy sequels.
And yet.............I still find a lot of fun to be had with it. It's not a GREAT movie or I'd even say not even that good of a film on it's own, but it's a solid enough effort. The cast still work brilliantly with each other (R.I.P. Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd's sanity).…
There were a host of great comedies back in the eighties and Ghostbusters was one of those films that went for that lucrative cash-cow, the merchandise. We got everything Ghostbustery, from lunch-boxes and t-shirts to pajamas and toys. It was done well and probably outshone the movie in the cash stakes.
Harold Ramis's second outing with the Ghostbusters was more of the same. It worked the first time around and with Bill Murray let off the leash more than the rest, this had more gags and a noticeably more fun approach. All the gang returned and with Peter MacNicol bringing his own unique brand of humor to proceedings, this hardly faltered in the comedy stakes. His role as the geeky…
Can you legitimately count it as watched for LB if you made out for half the running time with an amazing adorable person? They even suggested we watch this! Nobody in my life has ever volunteered to watch my all-time favourite movie with me, so obviously I was swooning with excitement. I was also, coincidentally, wearing my Ghostbusters pajamas and T-shirt. Best day ever? Best day ever.
One of the reasons the first Ghostbusters struck such a chord in the early 80's, and as a franchise continues to linger on in the public consciousness despite bringing nothing new to the table in a quarter of a century, is because Ivan Reitman's film knew exactly how daft the whole endeavour was and played up to it, casting gifted comic actors as the heroes involved & taking previously terrifying elements such as ghosts, demons & Gods & making them cheesy, comical and thoroughly beatable by the titular team of ectoplasmic nerds. After the first one, Reitman & writers/stars Dan Ackroyd & Harold Ramis didn't want to do another, they felt it was a definitive tale. Ghostbusters 2 is the inevitable result of great box…
All too familiar. Forgettable villain that's trying too hard to replicate Rick Moranis. Ghosts look much more cartoony. I guess they tried?
C'mon everybody, its not that Bad its mediocre at worst.
Film # 3 of the "Scavenger Hunt # 21" Challenge
Task # 30: A film set on or about New Year's Eve
“Ghostbusters” is one of my all-time favorite movies. All the eighties kids love this film, but the second film is clearly not as good. Still fun and entertaining, but much of the same done not as well.
After a river of Ectoplasm is found in the sewers, the Ghostbusters Ray, Peter, Egon and Winston team up again to fight the supernatural.
The cast is definitely not the problem, they are doing a great job. For me Bill Murray is the star, with his catchy humor. And I really love Harold Ramis as Egon, his dry nerdy…
I will never understand the hate this movie gets. I have loved it since I was a kid and probably have seen it more than the original. I will defend it forever. It's smartly written, very funny, quotable, and gives each character great moments to shine. If I'm being totally honest, I actually prefer Ghostbusters 2 to the original (which I love very much as well).
It’s certainly not anywhere near as good as its predecessor, but I’m happy to have another adventure in the Ghostbusters’ New York.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Στα ιδια επιπεδα με την πρωτη ταινια, αλλα βαζω ενα αστερακι παραπανω μονο και μονο για το Αγαλμα της Ελευθεριας που εκοβε βολτες στη Νεα Υορκη.
I still like Ghostbusters II quite a bit, but there are some particularly egregious shortcomings which help me understand some of the vociferous hatred that it seems to inspire. First of all, retreading the Dana/Venkman romance is criminally lazy. It limits both actors and the comedic possibilities of their relationship. It's a waste of Weaver & Murray both.
Secondly, not making Winston an actual character. What's the excuse for giving Ernie Hudson dick all to do in a movie in which he's around from the opening scene? He even shows up during the trial just to say hi and disappear. The scene of him and Ray discussing spirituality in the first film contains more dialogue than he has in the eternity…
It's not good.
I love love Christmas and Christmas movies!!
Movies set at, around or a scene at Christmas.
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…