Ghostbusters is perfect.
I don’t think any amount of words can do justice for this movie like that statement. Ghostbusters is arguably one of my favorite movies of all time. The reason I say “arguably,” because when it gets into the top 5, they’re just my favorite movies.
I say Ghostbusters is perfect, because there’s nothing I’d change about it. Everything about it clicks on every level. The acting, the plot, the comedy and the chemistry. It all works. There’s some things about the movie I can see people making an argument for not being great (Slimer), but for me I love all of it. Even if I agreed with those complaints, they’re too minor to care about.
Ghostbusters takes science and the supernatural and puts them together in a comedy/horror concoction, yet keeps it mostly grounded in reality. At least in a way that makes it not too fantastical and still believable. The movie does get a little crazy with the whole supernatural elements as most of what we see are maybe not ghosts so much as crazy looking creatures.
There’s the whole portal opening up on the top of the building and the most iconic destructor, Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. By then things are ramping up, so it’s pretty expected and it’s done in such a way that it works with the movie. It’s like they knew the audience would be on board for anything.
However, it’s the inner workings of The Ghostbusters that largely keeps the movie down to Earth. Mortgaging a house to start the business, the buying of a lemon of a car and fixing it up and renovating a firehouse. Also, the whole process of putting ghosts into a special containment unit (Protection Grid). The whole process feels down to Earth enough to be real.
The character interactions is also what truly makes this movie brilliant. It’s one of the most quotable movies ever. The dialogue is amazing, it’s dry and sarcastic and everyone bounces off each other with great comedy timing. It’s what happens when you get great writing, great directing and great acting all pitch perfect. It’s not that often that these three things can come together in a perfect trifecta, but this Ghostbusters nails it.
Ghostbusters is creepy and kind of scary, along with immensely funny. Neither takes away from the other. They both compliment each other wonderfully. This movie wasn’t the first or last to take these two genres and put them together, but it did it best.
Ghostbusters has stood the test of time and it’s still holds up perfectly. Every time I watch this movie, it’s almost like watching it for the first time.