'Beetlejuice' Review: A Fun Halloween Classic


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The Halloween season is here and I decided to review the Halloween classic Beetlejuice. I watched this movie for the first time about three weeks ago. The hype I have heard around this movie made me intrigued. I heard this was a Halloween classic so I had to check it out. I can confidently say that this is a Halloween classic. I will be watching this movie every year during the Halloween season. Before I tell you why it's a Halloween classic, let's talk about the plot.


Beetlejuice is about a couple named Adam (Alec Baldwin) and Barbara (Geena Davis). It's their first day of vacation and they're spending it at home. Suddenly an accident occurs when they drive off a bridge and fall into the water. They don't survive the accident but suddenly they appear at their house again. They don't know how they got there and realize things have changed. They try to step outside their house but they can't, they're stuck there. They realize they are dead and this is what the afterlife is like. Suddenly a new family moves into their house and Adam and Barbara want them out. They want to be alone in the afterlife. They try to scare them but realize it is not working because they can't see the dead, except for the daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder). The reason she can see Adam and Barbara is because according to the book of the recently deceased, only the strange and unusual can see ghosts and Lydia is strange and unusual. Adam and Barbara seek the help of the eccentric Betelgeuse (Michael Keaton) to get rid of this new family. I am not going to spoil the rest, watch the film if this entices you so far.


The star of this film is not Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, or Winona Ryder, it's Michael Keaton. Keaton steals the film in his 20 minutes of screen time. The way he plays the part of Betelgeuse is interesting. You want to hate the character because he is a scumbag, but the ways he delivers his dialogue, you can't help but laugh. He's an asshole but you can't help but like him just a little bit until the final 30 minutes. I wouldn't even consider him a villain but he's definitely the antagonist of the film.


This movie could only come from the mind of Tim Burton. Burton creates a world where anything can happen. It exciting for the viewer because it leaves unpredictability in the film. The Day O scene is an example of this and creates a fun moment in the film. This movie is one of the most fun films I have ever seen. You can't help but smile when you watch it because it is a good time.


I suggest if you're looking for a Halloween film that isn't as scary as the others, watch Beetlejuice. You will have a good time and be glad you committed an hour and a half of your time.


Rating 4.5/5


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