Beetle Juice

Synopsis: What’s a yuppies ghost couple to do when their quaint New England home is overrun by trendy New Yorkers? Hire a freelance “bio-exorcist” to spooky the intruders, of course. As director Tim Burton, Michael “Keaton’s Beetlejuice is one of the biggest, baddest wolves a ghost movie has ever unleashed, a polter-gas” (The Village Voice). Keaton’s work in this and Clean And Sober won him 1988’s National Society of Film Critics Best Actor Award. Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones and Sylvia Sidney share starring honors along with wondrous production design, Harry Belafonte soundtrack tunes and Oscar-winning Best Makeup.

Beetle Juice 6.5

Here’s a movie that’s growing on me. It’s my third crack at it and I’m starting to enjoy it a little bit.

I’m a pretty big Tim Burton fan (surprise, surprise…) and you’d think that the theme and style of the movie would help me love it more. But I find the storytelling uneven and the humour inconsistent – it should have been funnier. In fact, I find the lead character absolutely un-funny. *yawn*

But it’s an amusing, quirky little number overall and its style certainly is a big plus – without it I would probably find this movie dreary.

I guess what I’m saying is that I won’t mind seeing it again at a later point in my life. But, if I don’t, I won’t lose any sleep over it. It’s just not enticing in any way.

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