[Movie Review] Ghostbusters: 30th Anniversary Edition

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

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The popularity of Ghostbusters spawned sequels, cartoons, toys, and video games over the decades.

Ghostbusters, the 1984 supernatural comedy film about 3 ex-professors teaming up to start a ghost-catching business, is back with a 30th anniversary re-release! Starring a hilariously deadpan Bill Murray as Dr. Peter Venkman, a bumbling Dan Aykroyd as Dr. Raymond “Ray” stantz, and an ultra-geeky Harold Ramis as Dr. Egon Spengler, this flick is just as entertainingly funny and exciting as it was 3 decades ago.

The three main characters lose their jobs teaching at Columbia University, and form a paranormal extermination team called the “Ghostbusters”. They create futuristic equipment that can capture ghosts and then set up shop in a run-down firehouse. As New York City begins heating up with supernatural baddies, the trio find themselves overwhelmed by the rise of an ancient god called Gozer, who wants to destroy the world!

The movie’s witty dialogue and fast-paced action blends beautifully with the acting, partly because the script was actually co-written by Aykroyd and Ramis. You can tell they’re having a great time filling out the roles they created, and director Ivan Reitman keeps the story moving at a steady clip, with awesome 80s special effects blasting across the screen. Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis also put in captivating performances as troubled Ghostbusters customers.

With deliciously cheesy sound effects and campy-but-catchy musical tunes (like the theme song), your ears will be haunted long after the credits roll! Classic catchphrases like “Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!” and “I ain’t afraid of no ghost” just never get old, and this movie has aged well, despite outdated special effects. So, our final verdict? We give this oldie-but-a-goodie an “A”.

Images courtesy of Columbia Pictures.