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Ghostbusters II 1989

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The superstars of the supernatural reunite to battle an enormous underground river of slime that threatens New York City in this hilarious sequel.

Starring:
Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd
Runtime:
1 hour, 48 minutes

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Genres Science Fiction, Fantasy, Comedy
Director Ivan Reitman
Starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd
Supporting actors Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, Peter MacNicol, Harris Yulin, David Margulies, Kurt Fuller, Janet Margolin, Wilhelm von Homburg, William T. Deutschendorf, Henry J. Deutschendorf II, Michael P. Moran, Olivia Ward, Mordecai Lawner, Susan Boehm, Mary Ellen Trainor
Studio Columbia Pictures
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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"Ghostbusters II" recieved a fair amount of bad press when it was first released, but it is a charming, well produced and yes, funny sequel to the first blockbuster. The film picks up five years after the original. We find the Ghostbusters out of business and broke, Bill Murray is hosting a bizarre cable access show called "World of the Psychic" and Ackroyd and Ernie Hudson are performing at children's parties. Aren't the parents nervous about the GB's wielding their proton packs around thier youngsters??
The story speeds up when the Ghostbusters reunite and discover the soul of an ancient tyrant resides in a portrait in a museum. The tyrant, named Vigo has decided to take possession of Sigourney Weaver's child so he can live again to rule the world. This plot seems more disturbing than the plot in the first film, but director Ivan Reitman gives us plenty of humor to counter balance.
While not as funny as the first film, "Ghostbusters II" proves to be an entertaining follow up to the first classic film. After years of viewing, "Ghostbusters II" reveals itself to be a classic in it's own right.
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Not much can top the original Ghostbusters movie, at least for me. That was the defining film of my childhood (I was 7 when it came out). After I saw it, my list of career goals instantly took shape: (1) be a Ghostbuster. I put in some serious practice time running around the house with a backpack and an umbrella or toy gun (makeshift proton pack) shooting at invisible ghosts. I probably scared my parents quite a bit. Although I failed to become a Ghostbuster, the film stays with me and is one of the most potent pick-me-ups in existence (just pop it in the player and under most normal circumstances, my mood gets better).

So when news of a second film came out a half-decade later, I was of course very excited. By that time however I was also not 7 anymore, my career goals were somewhat more nuanced, and what I expected from a film also reflected a bit more personal development. Plot, characters, all of this was a little bit more important now. The second film delivered...sort of. The same great characters were there but the plot seemed a bit more contrived and forced. The ghosts didn't seem as threatening this time out and Bill Murray didn't seem as engaged in the whole thing. I recall mild disappointment (although what can compete with a walking Statue of Liberty when you're 12?) and didn't see the film again for many years.

I recently bought a copy on DVD to see whether my 12-year-old critical judgment had any merit or whether I was just a jaded pre-teen given to quick dismissal of pop culture items that didn't measure up to expectations. I found that I was both right and wrong. As a 34-year-old I can say that the plot is very contrived.
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I was just a little kid when this came out in the theater. I was too young to see the original in theaters, but by the time of the sequel (five years later) I, with millions of other kids, was a complete fanatic. I waited with bated breath for this thing to come out back in the summer of 1989... I watched my taped-off-TV copy of the original ten times a day in preperation... etc.
I could never not like this second offering, but even at the age of six, I was somewhat confused at some of the elements in Ghostbusters 2. (I deep analyzed every detail then, even more than I'm about to do now..) Stylistically, the movie falls way short of the first. This is odd, because all the same people were involved, who made the first movie so unique. From director Ivan Reitman, all the way down to that guy who played the mayor. Even the concept for the second script had a great idea, that just seems somewhat mishandled in the production. This could have easily been on par with the original, but a few things make it lack. The music for instance is pretty cheesy. Theres this goopy generic piano stuff thats all over the place, like Reitman just picked up some rights for it on the cheap. The quirky score for the first is nowhere to be found.
The first twenty minutes of the movie waste way too much time trying to show how all the characters went their own seperate ways after the battle with Gozer in the first. These sideplots date the movie (mention of the world ending on new years 1989...feh..)and are pretty much useless to the overall story. Also to many shots are taken at the fact that in 1989, Ghostbusters had become such a huge franchise for kids. Like the line "The proton pack is not a toy". I had a toy proton pack. It was cool.
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I know a lot of people hate on the sequel but it's still a funny and enjoyable classic. Not as good as the original, but it's hard to top some primary movies.
The characters and their lines are why you watch this. Not for the story so much. I mean, it's the same story as the first pretty much.

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