Bill Murray is amazing. I mean do I really need to elaborate on this point with tumblr?
Despite the fact that it’s a comedy, it generally takes what’s happening pretty seriously. The stakes feel real throughout. Years later Ivan Reitman would make a movie called Evolution, which felt like an obvious attempt to sort of re-create a Ghostbusters feel, but with aliens instead of ghosts. And it was terrible. Not only was it not funny, but it never felt like there was any real danger. The characters barely seemed to take the idea of life being extinguished seriously. In Ghostbusters, even the least serious member of the group, Venkman, still seems a bit terrified by what’s happening.
All of the characters in the movie feel real. I totally buy Bill Murray as a scientist who is very smart, but probably only made it through college with the help of his friends. Ernie Hudson is great (of course!) as more of a blue-collar worker who is very intelligent and capable, but also not really sure what to make of all this. Even Peck, who could be an annoying, ridiculous character, like the deputy police chief in Die Hard, works pretty well. He seems fairly right to be concerned about unlicensed nuclear devices being used in New York City, and really only becomes a dick because Venkman’s being a dick to him.
THE CLIMAX OF THE MOVIE HAS THE GHOSTBUSTERS BATTLING A GIANT MARSHMALLOW SAILOR.
And also everything else. This is the rare movie where I have no complaints at all. And that’s saying something because I can usually find a complaint about anything.