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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…
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.
........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…
While it shares some of the same beats as the original, Ghostbusters II still manages to make for a hilarious, visually impressive, and immensely enjoyable sequel that expands on the characters and adds to the already unique formula with great results.
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…
"Your Honor, ladies and gentleman of the audience, I don't think it's fair to call my clients frauds. Sure, the blackout was a big problem for everybody. I was trapped in an elevator for two hours and I had to make the whole time. But I don't blame them. Because one time, I turned into a dog and they helped me. Thank you."
"Very good, Louis. Short, but pointless."
Ghostbusters II almost feels like a completely different film from the original classic; it mainly has to do with Ernie Hudson being a completely different character (extremely happy... and actually talks) and Peter MacNicol being weird and incomprehensible.
But it's a fantastic and classic film nonetheless.
"Let's see what happens when we take away the puppy."
"Doh…" "Ray…" "Egooooon…"
Ray and Winston dancing to the song at a kids party and shouting "Who ya gonna call?" and the kids replying "HE-MAN" is the stuff all sequels should be made of. And that's before Peter McNicol shows up, and this wasn't the first black comedy sequel he elevated either. This is what used to happen when movies were successful and the creators were given free reign to absolutely sh*t on the negative aspects of their success, instead of the money men tightening the reins, and the results were absolutely beautiful. This movie starts with this ominous "5 YEARS LATER" tag then gives you PINK GOO, and the…
While there's better effects and more ghost action, the characters are even shallower and less inviting. Gotta love Peter MacNicol though.
#284 GHOSTBUSTERS II - I liked when that lady’s fur coat came alive and bit her #DLMChallenge #366Movies #366Days
I watched this on Region A Blu Ray
The transfer by Sony Pictures is fantastic, mastered in 4K the image looks as clean and fresh as possible. The picture quality is excellent and detail is as good as it ever could be.
I bought this Blu Ray in Chicago because the 4K release of this film hasn't been released yet in England. That's not entirely true because you can buy the double pack with both Ghostbusters films, but if you want the second film on its own, your in trouble. After watching the awful all female reboot remake trailer I needed to watch the real thing.
The plot takes place five years after the Ghostbusters saved New York, times are…
Ghostbusters was built for the follow-up adventure(s), but no one had any idea what to do with its enormous success--its instant cultural import--so the sequel-response lands somewhere between reading your own clippings and tearing them apart. I prefer the latter by far, where the theme song is an outdated catchphrase; where the events and aftermath of the oh-so-classic original are a painful memory of litigation and heartbreak. "It was when you started introducing me as 'the old ball-and-chain'--that's when I left." Holy shit. But the main plot is definitely disconnected. Even with all this "psychoreactive" business, the catalyst/victory seems like a cheat--and it leans on familiarity when it can't make a proper balance between Weaver and the boys. (Louis as a Ghostbuster: more inevitable than necessary.) I'm still comfortable enough to call this the funnier entry--thanks to its overdue treatment of Venkman as a regrettably-useful scumbag.
[first journal entry: 12/5/13]
Awesome, but very underrated sequel to the original. This film is just as great as the first one. Acting is once again superb, music is awesome, especially the Ghostbusters theme song by Ray Parker, Jr. and the song that plays at the end of the movie, sung by New Edition member Bobby Brown. Editing is great, practical and special effects are awesome. The script is amazingly well-written and directed. Cinematography is nice.
Rating: Highly Recommended
Maybe it would have been better if they were women?
Link to my review youtu.be/EvnhY8dIBL4
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