Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ghostbusters II (1989)

Halloween Movie #6 (BONUS FILM!) Please click the link to read my review of Ghostbusters

Synopsis: Middle-aged Second City alumni cash in on lacklustre sequel.  

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis regroup to nuke the spooks in the highly-spirited GHOSTBUSTERS II.” 

What Did I Learn?: If you give him a second-rate script and little to do, Bill Murray will basically just mug his way through your movie. 

You Might Like This Movie If: You've always wanted to see the sequel to *ahem* Ghostbusters.
Really?: 1) Gee...what are the odds of Dana being the victim of not one, but two powerful, supernatural beings in the course of five years, or that Vigo would choose the one baby in New York City whose mother has close ties to the only people on Earth who can kill him? 2) It’s funny how NOBODY in New York City seems to remember they were once attacked by a Sumerian demon and a giant marshmallow man.  3) I just can’t help myself from thinking that Vigo the Carpathian and the underground river of slime that was created by all of the bad vibes of New York City are two completely different storylines that were slapped together because writers Aykroyd and Ramis wanted to get this turkey made, pronto.   

Rating: There’s nothing egregiously wrong with Ghostbusters II, but it is predictable, formulaic, and a big let-down from the 1984 classic. While I enjoyed some of the banter between the leads, Murray mostly looks bored (see “What Did I Learn?”), Vigo pales in comparison with Zuul from the first film, there are a few too many cutesy-poo scenes of Oscar the baby (and the parts when he’s in danger are a bit disturbing), and FAR too many video montages set to bad music. The biggest problem with Ghostbusters II, however, is that it isn’t terribly funny, and it’s chock full of terrible one-liners that don’t work. That’s bad writing. 6/10 stars.

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