Beetlejuice (1988) Movie Review


Beetlejuice (1988)

1988 | Fantasy, Comedy
92 minutes /

User Score: 75/100

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Beetlejuice Review


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

Beetlejuice (1988) is an American comedy fantasy that was shot in East Corinth, Vermont, USA and Culver Studios - 9336 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA. Director Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands (1990), Corpse Bride (2005), Batman Returns (1992), Ed Wood (1994)) delivered a phenomenal watch when I was younger, but I did not have the same experience watching now that I am an adult. I love the concept of exploring life after death where one accepts that he/she is dead and moves on.

Beetlejuice revolves Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin - The Departed (2006), 30 Rock (2006-2013), The Aviator (2004)) and his new bride Barbara (Geena Davis - Thelma & Louise (1991), The Fly (1986), Stuart Little (1999)) who recently died. Barbara and Adam became ghosts who haunt their former home. Beetlejuice starts by introducing us to Barbara and Adam, who decides to decorate their Connecticut country home during their vacation. The couple died after Barbara swerves the car from hitting a dog and landed in the river. The couple was not aware that they died until they return home and could not see their reflections and the deal was sealed when they received a Handbook for the Recently Deceased.

Their home was sold to the Deetz family who is from New York City. Charles Deetz (Jeffrey Jones - Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), The Devil’s Advocate (1997), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Amadeus (1984)) was a real estate developer. Skip forward - the deceased couple read the handbook and went to a waiting room where other distressed souls are waiting. Adam and Barbara were told that they have to stay in their former home for 125 years, and they have to scare the new family out of the house if they do not want them there. Charles’ daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder - Edward Scissorhands (1990), Black Swan (2010), Girl, Interrupted (1999), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)) can see the ghostly couple and became friends with them.

Barbara and Adam want their home again to themselves and hires Betelgeuse (Michael Keaton - Birdman (2014), Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992), Spotlight (2015)) to scare the Deetz’s family away. Betelgeuse’s crude and morbid demeanor offended the deceased couple. Will Betelgeuse succeed in raining terror on the Deetz’s family? As I said above, I did not enjoy this film today as much as I several years ago so age can make a difference on enjoyment level when viewing a movie. It was a funny movie a couple of years ago and still is a hilarious/amusing film today, but the storyline did not flow that well, this time, around with this dark comedy. All of the actors gave incredible performances with Michael Keaton excelling above the other actors. The sound, sets, special effects, characters and just about everything with the exclusion of the storyline was fantastic in this film.

About Beetlejuice 1988

Title: Beetlejuice
Original Title: The Maitlands
Year: 1988
Runtime: 92 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.75/5 stars from 44 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 44
Starring: Winona Ryder, Duane Davis, Michael Keaton, Glenn Shadix, Jeffrey Jones, Judi M. Durand, Charles Schneider, Carmen Filpi, Simmy Bow, Hugo Stanger, Catherine O'Hara, Jack Angel, Alec Baldwin, Sylvia Sidney, Geena Davis, Annie McEnroe, Dick Cavett, Susan Kellermann, Adelle Lutz, Patrice Martinez, Cindy Daly, Christine Bridges, Douglas Turner, Tony Cox, Robert Goulet, Maurice Page, Gary Jochimsen, Rachel Mittelman, Bob Pettersen, J. Jay Saunders
Writers: Michael McDowell, Larry Wilson, Warren Skaaren
Director: Tim Burton

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