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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…
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…
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…
Although not quite on par with its' predecessor, Ghostbusters 2 does a good job of retaining most of the elements that made the first so gratifying. The three leads pick up where they left off, and weaknesses in script and an inconsistent tone are bailed out a bit by Peter MacNicol's fantastic performance and Rick Moranis line deliveries. A feel good message does not de-rail the fun, but it does keep it from achieving the level of the previous film.
It certainly is their love letter to New York, and to quote the great Rick Moranis "One time I turned into a dog and these guys helped me". They certainly did. Thank you Mr. Ramis.
We're the best. We're the beautiful. We're the only Ghostbusters.
This is the greatest argument against the making of Ghostbusters 3 and why people shouldn't get so upset over Bill Murray wanting nothing to do with it (most of the time anyways).
You couldn't have asked for a better cast and crew for a sequel. Ivan Reitman returns behind the camera. Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis write the sequel to their original comedic masterpiece. Practically the entire cast also returns from Bill Murray to Annie Potts. So what the hell went wrong?
In 1984 they made one of the most original comedy/fantasy/sci-fi films to come out of Hollywood in years. In 1989 they weren't making a sequel to…
I was not very impressed with the first film of Ghostbusters. I thought that all the magic of the film might have been lost for the ones who are watching it now for the first time like I did. Anyway I wanted to check this second part to see if opinion would be the same.
Well, I must confess that Ghostbusters II did not impressed me too. In Ghostbusters II we follow all of the Ghostbusters members five year later. Their business closed due to those crazy events in New York City and they are now doing other things but ghostly stuff start to happen again and they are back in business!
This time we are able to see The…
Ghostbusters II is a carbon copy of the first film. While it has all of the elements that make the first one great, it's fear to tread new ground is what holds it back.
The cast is having fun being back together, and there are some great Bill Murray lines.
I was rolling my eyes when they bend over backwards to recreate the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man scene.
Not bad, but not iconic.
The aroma of the studio's nefarious commercial agenda is a bit more pungent this time around, so it's to be expected that this would be more of a repetition on the first film's winning formula. And in that regard, all expectations are met. But it's still a fun ride with another scene-stealing Bill Murray performance and a well-written, gag-filled Ramis/Aykroyd screenplay letting him go all kinds of nuts as only he can. Nice to see old favorites like Rick Moranis's terminally geeky accountant Lewis Tully and his frequent ectoplasmic nemesis Slimer getting more screen time, as well.
i didn't think much of the first one so.............
A tired and rather weak sequel to the magnificent Ghostbusters, with the writing and execution feeling a little by the numbers and lacking the energy and pure creative genius of the first one. It does have some nice moments though, especially if you keep your attention on Egon.
Bustin' continues to make me feel good.
"Ghostbusters 2" is to "Ghostbusters" what "T2" is to "The Terminator" for some people. It looks and feels better probably because I have more of a connection to it, as compared with the original. I did see the sequel first and I do have a nostalgic connection to it. So, yes, I do like "Ghostbusters 2" more. So suck on that...
Plus, it does genuinely feel like a better made movie for some reason and I will gladly defend its superiority during any water-cooler discussion.
I hated this when it came out. Maybe it was the general feeling but this film does a pretty good job of matching the tone of the original. Seeing the first film a few months back, its still great but its not a laugh a minute comedy. Here the concept is not new but there is a lot to like especially Bill Murray who provides a great number of the best scenes. Things get silly near the end but whereas Peter MacNicol's performance used to drive me crazy it now seems a nice comedic stint.
I knew it was never as good as the first Ghostbusters, but this time, this sequel was worse than I remembered. There are a few laughs (I don't know why, but "Hairless pets, weird" is the funniest line in the film), but the second half in particular drags when the moderately amusing setup makes way for the lackluster plot development. The villain in particular fails to hold much interest in this one.
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