31 in 31: Ghostbusters II

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First off: ticked I’m doing II before the original?  If you haven’t seen the first one yet, go watch it right now.  Then come back and read this.  Otherwise?  I got no pity y’all.

31 in 31 ghostiiStory: More from the funky foursome fearfighters! This time, they have to rise above the destruction of NYC from ’84, and it’s not going well. They’re, broke, a joke, and…well I got nothing else that rhymes but it’s kinda sucking for them. But an ancient Carpathian baddie decides he’s spent too long trapped in a painting, and there’s pink goo everywhere. Who else ya gonna call?

Scares: as with the original, this spooky stuff is played for laughs. But young kids might get the heebie-jeebies from a few of the ghosts. Still, the look back at real 80s fashion, and the realization that I wore those ginormous coats? Eek!

Splat factor: lots of pink slime “ectoplasm”. Lots. TONS. Nothing else.

Closing scene “shocker”: Nup. Not in this film. Comedy!

Remake, Sequel or OG (Original Ghoul): part 2 of the Ghostbusters series. She said, hoping that the third film becomes a reality.

Trick or Treat?: It’s freakin Ghostbusters y’all. Yes, it’s not as good as the first one. But there’s a sweet charm in the gritty but loveable NYC pre-9/11, and the gang all seem more than game to reprise their roles.  Peter MacNicol (Ally McBeal, Numb3rs) is a hoot as Dr. Janosz Poha, the strangely-accented art restoration supervisor that has a crush on Sigourney Weaver’s Dana (who is taking time off from her symphony gig).  And uber-hip Annie Potts (reprising her role as the Ghostbusters’ aide-de-camp Janine) was made for funky 80s fashion.  This film, like it’s predecessor, is one of the few that makes 80s fashion look funky and fun rather than flat-out tacky.

So what if the CGI looks a little wilty in the light of 21st Century day?  The Statue of Liberty has never looked better.  Grab some young’uns, pop some popcorn, and enjoy the retro. And don’t forget to pour one out for Ivan Reitman. As much as I’d like to see a third film (new ‘Busters! But with cameos from the old crew that decide to show!), it just won’t be the same without Egon. *nif*

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4 out of 5 pumpkins

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