Saturday, November 26, 2011

Beetlejuice (1988)

On Thanksgiving, I had to chance to watch a flick with my brother, Matt. With the kids around, it had to be something mild, so in the end, we settled on the 1988 Tim Burton dark comedy Beetlejuice! Just in time as I have read that, Beetlejuice 2 has a green light for production!

Plot/ A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house.

This Tim Burton entry may possibly be his best and most memorable work. This twisted look at the afterlife is fun and has just the right mixture of darkness and comedy to make it both enjoyable and memorable. The characters are sound, the all-star cast works great together, the storyline is solid and the acting works (it should with Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis and Winona Ryder). Sure, some of the stop-motion effects may seem a bit dated today, but overall it holds up well. Yes, some will say the plot is anti-climactic (and it may be), but that is easily overlooked. In the end, it is classic from the 1980s and should be seen!

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