"Ghostbusters" is one of the films that I have watched many times from the time when I was very young. That, being said, I was extremely excited for the opportunity to see the 1984 original on the big screen n honor of the release of the 2016 reboot.
I love the humor of the original. It is quite diverse, from science jokes to effective sarcasm to social satire, and I like that. The film has me laughing out loud in moments. The two funniest characters, at least to me, are Egon and Louis. Egon's brilliant ignorance is truly hilarious to me, and in addition to his charming and sarcastic personality, he is my favorite character. Louis's antics are funny, mostly due to the performance by Rick Moranis, who is always hilarious. In fact, all of the performances in the film are very funny, each in their own way. Murray, Weaver, Aykroyd, and Hudson are all funny in their roles. Murray brings a lot of social satire and related sarcasm. Weaver comedically turns the female love interest archetype on its head. Aykroyd often pushes the plot along, but in a funny way. While he is likely a "token" character, Hudson does provide for some natural funny moments not involved with race. William Atherton also makes a funny turn in a smaller role. There is also a cameo by Reginald VelJohnson, who I best know from "Family Matters", and although it wasn't funny, I was excited to see him as I never caught his role.
The special effects of the film don't all hold up greatly due to advances in technology. The special effects for Slimer are probably the best in the film, however still aren't great compared to today's films. That being said, they were probably revolutionary in that time. The special effects for Zuul and Vinz Clortho, however, look cartoonish, as do the effects for the proton beams.
So overall, I really love the original "Ghostbusters". I think that it is really funny and enjoyable and is rather well-made. I hope that the reboot maintains many of the things that made the first one work, and the sneak peek featured in this event helped to reaffirm those hopes.
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters at a special event.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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