I was flipping stations last night when I stumbled across the start of "Ghostbusters" on AMC.
And not just a showing of the film, but a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the movie.
The thing is, I clearly recall going to see "Ghostbusters" in the theater. I made my dad take me to a showing at the base theater and I recall that I loved it. At the time, my 11-year-old-self had barely heard of Bill Murray and Dan Ackroyd, but after seeing the film, I was convinced they were comic geniuses. (I'm still convinced one of them is a comic genius...) And I wanted to see every movie they were in from that point forward--something that hit a snag when Ackroyd did "The Couch Trip," which had an R-rating and was, therefore, off limits to me until I was older. (But man, the previews looked funny...)
It's interesting to watch "Ghostbusters" again today and be impressed by the same things that I enjoyed at the age of 11 and to find new things that appeal to my more adult sensibilities. Looking back, I don't think Bill Murray was ever better on-screen with the exception of "Groundhog Day" than he was here. And the movie just works well on every level that I still enjoy it to this day. It was one of the first DVDs I bought back when I upgraded to the format.
I will admit I've only seen "GhostBusters 2" once at that was when the sequel came out years ago. I'm tempted to DVR it off AMC and see if it again. I don't recall much about it except it just wasn't anywhere near as funny as the first one....
posted by Michael Hickerson at 6/03/2009 02:30:00 PM