Saturday, May 8, 2010

Beetlejuice (1988) (2nd time)

A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house. [imdb]

Nominated for 1 Oscar:

Best Make-Up (WINNER)

Beetlejuice is a proof of Tim Burton’s early craziness. Though far from perfection, the film shows a lot of vision and it mixes nicely the scary with the funny (or better said light than funny). I would’ve preferred more horror and Michael Keaton (who I think gives an Oscar calibre supporting performance), but Geena Davis is fun and Winona’s breakthrough performance is quite memorable.

The best parts are the afterlife waiting-room scenes and of course Beetlejuice :P If Kevin Kline managed to win the Supporting Oscar that year for A Fish Called Wanda, I don’t see how Keaton wasn’t even nominated. He’s great, hardly recognizable and THE real funny element of the film.

My rating for the film: 7/10. Relaxing, with great potential.

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