2.6 stars. I'd forgotten how grubby this is. I love Burton's set design, the ropy stop-motion & Winona. I quite like the tiki bar tat aesthetic, but it's probably just another part of how the film feels haunted by the spectre of exorcised racism. Originally Betelgeuse was to speak in pigeon English, be played by Sammy Davis Jr & attempt to rape Lydia. I feel very ambivalent about it all. Not as charming as remembered
It's halfway remarkable that a screenplay this free-wheeling, anarchic, and likely flawless was ever produced within the studio system - Warner Brothers must have thought they had another "Ghostbusters" on their hands, but "Beetlejuice" is anything but. The scene where Catherine O'Hara's macabre modern art sculptures come to life and imprison her has to be the most Burton-esque moment ever committed to celluloid.
No one does better wacky and cartoony characters as Tim Burton when he finally decide to do comedy and this horror comedy is among the better in it's genre. Michael Keaton doing his dirty old dead man routine steal every scene and there is a lot to cherish here of both macabre ideas and flat-out slapstick humor.
I don't even know how many times I've seen this movie now. It never makes me feel bored or tired. I just love everything about it; from the unforgettable theme music to the eccentric gothic-like sets. The whole cast is really good, and although Baldwin and Davis deliver decent performances, Winona Ryder's breakthrough performance and the genius Catherine O'Hara and fantastic Michael Keaton steal the show for me <3
Hard to believe that such a chaotic, bizarre & utterly irreverent film could not only make an impact on the mainstream pop culture but turn its director into a household name. Featuring an antagonist who sexually harasses most of the main characters & aims to seduce a teen-girl protagonist obsessed with death wouldn't wash in today's climate, but finds context within the film's imaginatively grotesque phantasmagoria.
I wish Tim Burton could recapture the sense of fun and play his early films had, this film being a prime example of that sense of wonder and play. Burton understood that Keaton was such a strong performer he should almost be utilized as a kind of special effect. Keaton exudes hilarious, twisted, rock star charisma as the "ghost with the most." The Calypso dance sequence is magic. A classic career high for Burton.