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'Beetlejuice' turns 25!

By Robert Kirchgassner ,
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This year marks the silver anniversary of Tim Burton’s classic ghost comedy Beetlejuice.

Adam (Alec Baldwin) and Barbara (Geena Davis) are a happily married couple who tragically die in a car accident one day. It doesn’t take long for them to realize that they are now ghosts. But just as they are adjusting to this permanent turn of events, they realize that their home has been sold.

While the new owner, Charles Deitz (Jeffrey Jones), is more than willing to settle in without drastically changing the house, his picky wife (Catherine O’Hara) has different ideas, which prompts Adam and Barbara to enlist in the aid of the title character (Michael Keaton), despite his reputation for wrecking havoc among the living and the dead.

Adam and Barbara soon realize that his reputation is warranted as his methods include marrying their new friend, Deitz’s goth daughter (Winona Ryder), in order to enter the world of the living.

This film obviously drew comparisons to Ghostbusters (1984), but, as much as I love that film, I found this one more enjoyable because ghosts as the protagonists gave the film a unique twist.

The whole cast is great, especially Keaton, who is clearly having the time of his life in makeup that won an Oscar.

Burton previously scored with Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985). The success of this film led to him directing other films such as Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992), both of which reunited him with Keaton.

But it’s this film, along with Ed Wood (1994) and Sleepy Hollow (1999), that shows Burton at his best.

 

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