When I tell people I think this is one of the greatest films of all time they sort of cock their heads and look at me like my face is on fire. It's creepy, it's funny, and the art direction is beyond brilliant. When the house door opens and the sandworm twists across the screen, or when the staircase turns into a giant Beetlejuice snake?! Come on, it's so great! People who dismiss it as just for kids are missing out!
Aesthetically and conceptually strong, and so unusual in both regards for 1988 that it attained minor classic status on those strengths alone. But as a narrative, it's a bit wobbly, with a hazily defined set of conflicts, rules, and motivations that put a damper on the set-design.
Much more entertaining now seeing it as an adult. The performances (namely Catherine O'Hara) were funnier than I remembered, also. Beetlejuice is reasonable flawed but it beats the hell out of anything Tim Burton has done lately. And if nothing else Johnny Depp isn't in it and that's good enough for me.
"We come for your daughter, Chuck!" I love, LOVE early Tim Burton (but I'm still trying to decide if he ripped off David Lynch slightly for this flick! There's sort of a yuppie-ized ERASERHEAD-vibe I get from this movie.) Keaton should have got an Oscar for this. Burton wisely leaves us wanting more of The Ghost With the Most instead of less. The story-structure (did it even have one?) needed work though!
J'aime le côté carton et cartoon de ce film. Keaton a un charme étrange, tout comme ce monde parallèle où vont les personnages, devenant fantômes de leur propre maison. C'est amusant, sans être incroyable.