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The Cinematic Katzenjammer: June 22: Ghostbusters


June 22: Ghostbusters

"Three unemployed parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service."

Ghostbusters is not only a classic, it's one of the best comedies of all time. It's been quoted, spoofed, and referenced over and over and has spawned a sequel, a cartoon series, an iconic theme song, and plenty of merchandise. It features Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd in arguably their best roles (at their prime) and blends the supernatural with the super funny in glorious fashion. Not to mention, Ghostbusters features a giant, evil marshmallow man that arrives at the movie's conclusion, wrecking havoc on New York City. That alone would make a movie for me, yet Ghostbusters goes above and beyond just the "usual" massive s'more. 

Life tip: Use Reese's Peanut Butter Cups instead of chocolate for s'mores. It's GLORIOUS. 

Ghostbusters is so good, every line and special effect clings to your memory, never to be forgotten or trumped. The story follows Dr. Peter Venkman (Murray), Dr. Raymond Stantz (Aykroyd), and Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), three professors turned supernatural researchers, who, after losing their jobs, start a ghost hunting and capturing business. Venkman joins mostly for the franchising opportunities and possible fortune to be made (and the ladies), while Stantz and Spengler are much more serious about their new "calling". Their business proves very successful and the trio become quite the celebrities. With their growing attention comes investigation, and the new business is threatened to be shut down by the EPA, as their proton packs (devices used to capture ghosts) are believed to have possible negative effects on the environment. When the Ghostbusters discover that a portal to another dimension has been opened in the apartment of poor Dana (Sigourney Weaver), threatening to unleash a great evil on the world, the crew takes it into their hands to save the city and show that they are a much greater good than bad to the world. 

Even though they kind of look like super villains. 

There's really not a lot I can say about Ghostbusters that hasn't been said already by someone, somewhere. It's a universally loved film seen by practically everyone and is certainly deserving of all the praise it has been given. It's smart, side-splitting funny, and continues to entertain new and old audiences. Bill Murray certainly steals the show and practically ever line uttered from him is comedic gold. His dead-pan humor is beyond genius and Ghostbusters is one of the first films to show he is most definitely a national treasure. I cannot recommend Ghostbusters enough and if for some weird, inexcusable reason you haven't seen it already, go buy it immediately. 

The Good:
campy but brilliant special effects for its time (1984)
The Better:
a memorable cast that has perfect chemistry and shows you how fun it must have been to make a movie with your friends
The Best:
Bill Murray being Bill Murray and proving to everyone that he is the greatest comedian of all time (yes, I am being that bold)

Overall: 9.6/10


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