Ghostbusters 2

PLOT:

Five years after the events of the first film, the Ghostbusters are out of business after being sued by the city for property damage incurred during the battle against Gozer. Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddemore have become entertainers at children’s parties, Egon Spengler works in a laboratory conducting various experiments, Peter Venkman hosts a pseudo-psychic television show, and Dana Barrett is working at an art museum restoring paintings and raising her infant son Oscar at a new apartment.

One day, Oscar’s carriage starts rolling down the street by itself and is nearly crushed by traffic. Ray, Egon, and Peter investigate. Meanwhile, Dana’s boss, Dr. Janosz Poha (Peter MacNicol), is restoring a painting of a seventeenth-century tyrant named Vigo the Carpathian when the real Vigo’s spirit (located inside the painting) orders Janosz to find a child that he (Vigo) might use as a physical form.When Ray is lowered underground, he discovers a river of pink slime beneath the streets. He obtains a sample; moments later, the Ghostbusters are arrested after Ray accidentally knocks most of the city’s electrical power out. During court, two ghosts appear out of the slime in response to the judge’s shouting and attack the court. However, the Ghostbusters manage to capture them using their old equipment and therefore resume their business. During a test of the slime, the Ghostbusters realize that the slime absorbs emotion and becomes malevolent or benevolent according to the emotions to which it is exposed. Meanwhile, the slime appears out of Dana’s bathtub and tries to grab her and Oscar; but she escapes. The next morning, the Ghostbusters investigate the painting of Vigo and begin to notice the presence of the spirit in it. The next night, Ray, Winston, and Egon discover that the river of slime leads directly to the museum.

After Dana enters the museum, the “malevolent” slime forms a shell around the building and the Ghostbusters are called to destroy it. They are unable to do so by their accustomed means; therefore they instead animate the Statue of Liberty by exposing it to “benevolent” slime and “ride” the statue to the museum, where they destroy part of the rooftop with its torch. When the Ghostbusters are in the museum, they spray Janosz with positively-charged slime, but then Vigo appears out of the painting and grabs Oscar. Outside, the citizens of New York, knowing the slime’s sensitivity to emotion, give the Ghostbusters an advantage by singing Auld Lang Syne, enabling the Ghostbusters to drive Vigo the Carpathian back into his portrait. In an effort to escape, he possesses Ray, but is destroyed entirely by the “benevolent” slime. Janosz then wakes up with a brand-new attitude, due to the positively-charged slime. Vigo’s portrait is then replaced by one showing the Ghostbusters and Oscar in forms that represent them as guardians to Oscar, concluding the film. During the credits, the city celebrates the Ghostbusters, and the mayor gives them the key to the city.

REVIEW:

Fans and critics alike have mixed feelings about this film. I fall into that gray area, as well. Most of my distaste for it comes from the fact that I am no fan of films that are made specifically to make money, and while it may or may not be the case, it feels as if that is the purpose of this picture.

The cast from the first Ghostbusters all return, but the years don’t seem to have been kind to them. One would think that after you save an entire city from destruction that you would be revered as a hero. Apparently that is not the case as the Ghostbusters are forced to take other jobs to make ends meet and pay off bills from the destruction they caused. For those of you cynics out there that just HAVE to have some realism in your movies, there you go.

As in the first film, there is a side “sub-villain” that wants to shut them down. This guy is the mayor’s aide. My opinion on this is the same as with the first, its unnecessary to even bring it in. The guy is obviously a douche, but other than serving as a roadblock that leads to a bit of tension and suspense before the film’s climax because they’re locked away in an asylum, this whole scenario could have been left on the cutting room floor.

There aren’t many ghosts in this one, which is quite the disappointment, especially when you consider the movie is called GHOSTbusters 2. I suppose, though, that Vigo is more than plenty to have to deal with. HE definitely makes Gozer and its pet dogs look like Stay Puft Marshmallow Man was it’s normal form.

Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts who were added to the ghostbuster staff as the original film went on have bigger roles in this one, especially Potts. Although Hudson does seem to be more comfortable here.

Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, and Harold Ramis are true to form as Drs. Peter Venkman, Egon Spangler, and Ray Stanz, respectively. There hasn’t really been an change to their characters, which actually works. Believe it or not, sometimes its best to leave well enough alone, and that’s what they did with these characters.

I would be remiss if I didn’t bring up the rive of mood slime under the city. The sheer fact that the emotions of a city of people can cause that much back in 1989 makes you wonder what if this was real and happening today? That thing might be overflowing.

At least the mood slime was put to good use as it got the Statue of Liberty to move. While not as impressive as the Marshmallow Man was in the original, it took a real good song to get Lady Liberty to get up and go. Jackie Wilson should be proud.

As much as I want to say this was as good as its predecessor, it just isn’t. That’s not to say there is a night and day difference, it’s more of a personal preference. The original was more…er…original, while this one feels like the plot is forced and, as I said earlier, was made to make a few quick bucks. Aside from those factors, this is still a decent picture and worth watching.

3 1/2 out of 5 stars

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2 Responses to “Ghostbusters 2”

  1. Mystery Man Says:

    Reblogged this on Mr Movie Fiend's Movie Blog.

  2. […] Paint your emotions. Cartoons will often have a painting that seems to have wandering eyes or change emotions when the main character gets near it or someone says something related to it. Well, the painting of the dearly departed father appears to have the same mannerism. Throw in the fact the camera pans over to it every chance it gets to show the different emotions. At first, I found this to be unnecessary, but as  the film wore on, it became a bit of the charm, as if the father were still parenting his boys. Of course, I was also half expecting his ghost to pop out of there like Vigo in Ghostbusters II. […]

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