Ghostbusters 2 Review
Synopsis:The discovery of a massive river of ectoplasm and a resurgence of spectral activity allows the staff of Ghostbusters to revive the business.
Ghostbusters II (1989) is an American supernatural comedy movie that is a sequel Ghostbusters (1984). They had an estimated budget of $37 million and grossed over $215 million worldwide making it the eighth highest-grossing movie in 1989. Director Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters (1984), Up in the Air (2009), No Strings Attached (2011)) did a fantastic job filming the movie in several locations in California and New York City. The movie was a very entertaining watch but did not fulfill my expectations as it was high after loving Ghostbusters (1984). The movie had a few issues involving speech not being synchronizing with lip movement and a lot of errors and goofs. Courtroom scene - Egon yells "behind you Ray" as one of the ghost flies through the wall behind Ray but the word spoken does not match his mouth movement. Ray, Egon, and Winston (Ernie Hudson) in the sewer - Winston was measuring how deep it was and was being pulled towards the slime as Egon and Ray are trying to pull him back. Either Ray or Egon calls Winston by his real name "Ernie", and it was not edited. There are scenes where you can see crew members as well and several other mishaps but just too many to list.
Ghostbusters II takes place five years after they saved New York City from the demi-god Gozer. The Ghostbusters team separated after the city sued them for damages to the city, and they were also banned from investigating the supernatural. Dr. Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd - Ghostbusters (1984), The Blues Brothers (1980), Trading Places (1983)) now owns a bookstore. Raymond also works with Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson - Oz (1997), Ghostbusters (1984), The Crow (1994)) as children entertainers that are not doing so well. Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis - Groundhog Day (1993), Ghostbusters (1984), Analyze This (1999)) works on the Columbia University campus in a laboratory conducting experiments. Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray - Groundhog Day (1993), Ghostbusters (1984), Lost in Translation (2003), Moonrise Kingdom (2012)) is the hosts of a psychic television show. Dana (Sigourney Weaver - Aliens (1986), Avatar (2009), Alien (1979), Alien⊃3; (1992)) now have a son and needs the Ghostbusters help. Skip forward, Dana’s colleague Dr. Janosz (Peter MacNicol - Bean (1997), Numb3rs (2005), Battleship (2012)) is under the spell of a painting. Janosz is summoned to find a child that Vigo (Wilhelm von Homburg - Die Hard (1988), In the Mouth of Madness (1994), Stroszek (1977)) can possess and come back to life on the New Year. The Ghostbusters found a river of pink slime but accidently caused a city-wide blackout. The guys almost got in trouble but was saved by the slime exploding causing it to release two more ghosts who appear to be two murderers that were executed. The movie goes on to take viewers on a ghostly adventure as we follow the team as they battle the ghost.
Overall, the movie was an enjoyable watch although it had an excessive number of mishaps, goofs, and plot holes. I have seen this movie along with the original many times and have not gotten bored of it. My kids also watch it around Halloween and appear to like it as their eyes do not stray from the TV. The actors did a great job with their roles. I gave this move a seven because it is a great family movie taking into consideration that a lot of cartoons are not kid friendly when they are supposed to be. I cannot get over the goofs as I am writing this review but listing the goofs will ruin your experience watching the movie. I am pretty sure that all Ghostbusters fan has seen both movies but just in case you did not, you should see this film at your earliest convenience because you will not be disappointed.
About Ghostbusters 2 (1989)
Original Title: Ghostbusters 2, Ghostbusters II: River of Slime, The Last of the Ghostbusters
AKA: Ghostbusters II
Runtime: 108 minutes
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comedy
Total Avg. Votes: 16
Writers: Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis
Director: Ivan Reitman