Batman must battle former district attorney Harvey Dent, who is now Two-Face and Edward Nygma, The Riddler with help from an amorous psychologist and a young circus acrobat who becomes his sidekick, Robin.
Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.
Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz and Egon Spengler work at Columbia University. where they delve into the paranormal and fiddle with many unethical experiments on their students. As they are kicked out of the University, they really understand the paranormal and go into business for themselves. Under the new snazzy business name of 'Ghostbusters', and living in the old firehouse building they work out of, they are called to rid New York City of paranormal phenomenon at everyone's whim. - for a price. They make national press as the media reports the Ghostbusters are the cause of it all. Thrown in jail by the EPA, the mayor takes a chance and calls on them to help save the city. Unbeknownst to all, a long dead Gozer worshiper (Evo Shandor) erected a downtown apartment building which is the cause of all the paranormal activity. They find out the building could resurrect the ancient Hittite god, Gozer, and bring an end to all of humanity. Who are you gonna call to stop this terrible ...Written by
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Dr. Peter Venkman:
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One of those cases which big expectations can turn into a disappointment
"Ghost Busters" is an okay film, but not all that potato bag for me. In fact, I think it tends to be overrated and a little too overvalued. If you ask me, people tend to give this movie more credit than it deserves. But I respect other people's opinions, even if I disagree with them.
"Ghost Busters" is reasonably entertaining on its whole. The first half, without being spectacular, is nevertheless entertaining, fun and has its moments of comedy. In the second half, the movie becomes extremely dark (with all those monsters and strange creatures), losing interest for me (although that giant Marshmallow Man is a curious figure).
In fact, those hideous creatures that appear in the second half, that wizard-like woman and some very disturbing ghosts are mostly what ruins the movie for me.
However, not everything is bad about this movie. It has a delightful soundtrack theme which is a classic: the song "Ghostbusters", performed by Ray Parker Jr. What else? The special effects are, most of them, awesome (typically 80's, which is a good thing). And finally: both Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd are quite funny in these roles. Bill Murray has a very particular sense of humor. Dan Aykroyd, on the other hand, is an actor which I've always seen playing serious and sometimes grumpy characters, so I never expected to see him in a comical role like this. But in "Ghost Busters" he's quite funny and he does some hilarious facial expressions.
Rick Moranis is cool as Louis Tully, but I honestly rather him as Wayne Szalinski in "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids".
Conclusion? It's not a boring movie, a bad movie or a big quality movie. Overall, it's just an okay movie made mainly for some fun and entertainment. «Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!» My rating is a 6/10. I think it's a fair and deserved rating for this movie: neither more neither less than that.
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