Lightning Review: Ghostbusters 2

Ghostbusters 2 movie posterSynopsis
Five years after their battle with Gozer, the Ghostbusters, Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), and Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson), have disbanded. But the when the negativity of New York begins to materialize as a mysterious river of ectoplasm underneath the city, they must reform to control the resurgence of paranormal activity.

Review
Successful sequels can be difficult to pull off because they need to remain true to the previous film(s) while standing on their own. Unfortunately, I think Ghostbusters 2 tries too hard to capture what made Ghostbusters so entertaining and fails to offer something different. It follows very much the same formula as the first: the Ghostbusters come together, there is a montage of them catching random ghosts throughout the city while researching the big baddie, then the team focuses on the villain. There really isn’t too much unique about it. The cast didn’t seem to be as energetic as before, particularly Bill Murray. He was able to shine by playing on the character’s selfishness but Peter and Dana’s (Sigourney Weaver) relationship became one of the central focuses of the film, derailing Murray’s humor, as well as the story. Rick Moranis, one of the best parts about Ghostbusters, gets a larger role this time around but he isn’t used as effectively. In the end, Ghostbusters 2 was too similar to it’s predecessor to really stand on its own and failed to recapture to magic of Ghostbusters.

Rating
2.5/5

Trailer

Cast & Crew
Ivan Reitman – Director
Dan Aykroyd – Writer
Harold Ramis – Writer
Randy Edelman – Composer

Bill Murray – Dr. Peter Venkman
Dan Aykroyd – Dr. Raymond Stantz
Harold Ramis – Dr. Egon Spengler
Ernie Hudon – Winston Zeddmore
Sigourney Weaver – Dana Barrett
Rick Moranis – Louis Tully
Annie Potts – Janine Melnitz
Peter MacNicol – Dr. Janosz Poha
Harris Yulin – The Judge
David Margulies – Mayor
Kurt Fuller – Hardemeyer
Wilhelm von Homburg – Vigo
Max von Sydow – Vigo (voice)