Who do the dead call when they struggle to evict the living from their haunting grounds? When they lack their own scare factor and must put up with the living or leave their home? There is one ghost that is seen as a specter and insane even with his own kind, yet he is summoned when ghosts have a problem with the living being summoned after saying his name, Beetlejuice, three times.
Summoning a Spirit
After dying in a car crash, married couple Adam and Barbra discover that the home they created is no longer theirs, as a new family is taking over their dwelling. They try their best to scare off the living only to fail turning into a money-making attraction for the family. Now, despite for help, they summon Beetlejuice hoping for a hand in getting ride of the living, only to discover that his plans doesn’t correspond with theirs.
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Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton) is a spirit hoping to get out of his contract and freedom to wander in the human world. He falls for Lydia and makes a dead with the spirits in her house hoping to use their power for his own advantage. He has a dark sense of humor and will do what he must to get his way, even at the cost of others.
Lydia (Winona Ryder) is a gothic teenager that celebrates death and seeks out the paranormal. She is excited when she meets the ghosts proving that the paranormal exists. She is forced to be Beetlejuice’s bride to save them during a banishing ritual.
Adam (Alex Baldwin) is an architect building a small-scale model of their entire town, which is kept in the attic. He’s a bit nerdy and finds humor in things most people would find unamusing. He is a bit timid and will allow others to make decisions for him.
Barbra (Geena Davis) is a happy and kind woman who has created renovation plans for her new home with her husband. She tries to find the good in every situation and offers encouragement to others. She is also brave and will face any situation head on to save those she cares about.
Spooky or Silly
Beetlejuice is a wacky and aloof play on hoe spirits see the human world. Showing that even in the spiritual world there are those who are unique compared to others like them. The film is in interesting take on a dark comedy that is suited for a family viewing. Beetlejuice is the star and villain of the film creating a unique and out of the ordinary character.
I would give this film a seven out of ten rating, due to its unique and diverse characters adding to the outrageous scenery. Beetlejuice has numerous powers and they are shown throughout the film, giving it a comedy aspect to the dark setting. I wish there had been more music then the two songs featured and that the other characters were more diverse.
Beetlejuice shows the extremes some ghosts will go to ensure their haunting grounds remains their own. Playing on the idea that even those that pass on to the next life are hard at accepting change. They will try to hold onto what they knew before their untimely deaths.
Now, shush, I’m trying to read