Logline: Two recently deceased ghosts enlist the help of a “bio-exorcist” to rid their house of the obnoxious people who have just moved in.
Review: Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice is an original, wildly imaginative comedy about the afterlife. It was one of my favorite films growing up as a child. Even though it does not hold that distinction for me anymore, it remains a fun romp and one of Burton’s best films.
Beetlejuice has a distinct production design and the visuals are like nothing I have ever seen. The film’s modest budget utilizes stop motion animation and prosthetics. Michael Keaton’s wonderfully over the top performance as the title character does not overshadow the talents of the other actors. Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones, Winona Ryder, and Glenn Shadix are all a delight to watch.
Danny Elfman’s score for the the film is one of his most memorable. The soundtrack also includes some great tunes from Harry Belafonte, such as Jump In Line and Day O which is featured in one of the film’s most memorable scenes.
Beetlejuice reminds me of all the visually inventive films Tim Burton made before his more recent string of mediocre remakes. Beetlejuice is unabashed fun that is highly rewatchable and bound to lift your spirits.
Rating (out of ****): ***1/2