When Adam (Alec Baldwin) and Barbara (Geena Davis) are killed in a car accident near their home, they become ghosts of the flesh. They can remain in the house, but can’t leave. When a new family comes to live in their home, Adam and Barbara don’t like the changes they plan to make with the house and come up with a plan to “scare them out,” but new family isn’t one to be scare. They are more fascinated with the idea of ghosts in their home and welcome Adam and Barbara. Well this doesn’t make them happy so Adam and Barbara resort to one last plan… calling upon the madman, well mad ghost, “Betelgeuse” (Michael Keaton) to come finish the job. However, when Betelgeuse goes too far, it’s up to Adam and Barbara to stop him.
Directed by one of my favorite directors Tim Burton (Sleepy Hollow, Big Fish, Edward Scissorhands), Beetlejuice was his 2nd full length film behind Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, and first in his signature signature style. Knowing Beetlejuice only from the cartoon as a kid, I didn’t see Beetlejuice for the first time until I was in my teens (after I saw several other Burton films) and it continued to solidify my love for his movies. I already had a strong like for Michael Keaton from Batman and Batman Returns, so his role as Beetlejuice was one I found interesting and funny. There are other famous stars that appear in this movie (that weren’t really stars at the time – showing Beetlejuice’s influence on casting) such at Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara, and Jeffrey Jones. If you are a fan of Burton’s movies or just love a zany, wacky sci-fi comedy, take a look, you won’t be disappointed.
8/10 Stars – I wish Keaton had more screen time than just 17.5 minutes!
Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse! Having to say his name three times to make him appear always reminded me of the ghost story about Bloody Mary, where if you said her name three times in the dark looking at a mirror she would appear for you. Anyway, Beetlejuice starts of as a seemingly normal movie, but that all changes after Adam and Barbara die and the world transforms into the warped mind of Tim Burton. The colors are what gets me about this movie, they are neon juxtaposed against the dark and gloomy. It creates quite a stunning scene. While the plot isn’t anything intellectual it is funny and entertaining, just what you would expect. Beetlejuice is another breed of classic that everyone should see just for the fun of it.
8/10 Stars – Betelgeuse looks gross but he sure does make you laugh!
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