Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) are parapsychologists who create the Ghostbusters after losing their jobs at Columbia University. They use their knowledge of the paranormal to rid the streets of New York from ghosts. But they mey have met their toughest spirit yet when they get a call from Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) after she sees a demon in her fridge.
I can’t remember the first time I saw Ghostbusters, but I do remember I was really young and I really, really enjoyed it. Bill Murray’s quips, Dan Aykroyd’s excitement (particularly over slime) and Harold Ramis’ dramatic scientific babble all entranced me. It may seem like a weird mix, but they somehow manage to craft a story that is equally enjoyed by both my younger and older selves.
This movie’s success no doubt comes from the chemistry between Murray, Aykroyd and Ramis. The way they are able to bounce off each other is fantastic. Each brings their own sense of humor to the mix; Murray is great at improvisation and gives some of the most memorable lines, and Ramis is more science nerd than the others, but Aykroyd is the heart of the cast. He is brimming with energy that comes through the screen and you can’t help yourself but smile.
Rick Moranis is the unsung hero of Ghostbusters. Like with Aykroyd, Moranis brings so much energy to his performance. He is a socially awkward accountant who lives across the hall from Dana Barret (Sigourney Weaver). I can’t mention enough how fantastic Moranis is with the role. He is able to do more with the part than I’m sure was originally intended.
Ghostbusters was very well paced. Gozer was introduced when they first start busting ghosts and they came back to it in between other ghosts but that plot point is not developed until the end. We get to see the Ghostbusters become celebrities without the ghosts becoming too daunting. Then we see why these guys are perfect for the job of taking down a demon.
Often times in comedies, large special effects take focus away from the jokes, but not in this movie. The special effects work well in the film and actually add to the comedy. Some funny gags come from the special effects. I mean, they were responsible for Slimer after all.
No matter how old you are, you will enjoy Ghostbusters. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis are a great comedy team. Although Rick Moranis steals the show with his performance, an incredible feat given the rest of the cast. He is so energetic and plays the socially awkward neighbor perfectly. Excellent pacing and special effects only add to the experience. So in the words of Ray Parker, Jr., “Who ya gonna call?”
Also check my review for the sequel, Ghostbusters 2.
Cast & Crew
Ivan Reitman – Director
Dan Aykroyd – Writer
Harold Ramis – Writer
Elmer Bernstein – Composer
Bill Murray – Dr. Peter Venkman
Dan Aykroyd – Dr. Raymond Stantz
Harold Ramis – Dr. Egon Spengler
Sigourney Weaver – Dana Barrett
Rick Moranis – Louis Tully
Annie Potts – Janine Melnitz
Ernie Hudon – Winston Zeddmore
William Atherton – Walter Peck
David Margulies – Mayor
Slavitza Jovan – Gozer
Paddi Edwards – Gozer (voice)