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October 27, 2018
Full of laughs, creativity and Michael Keaton's gloriously hammy performance in his surprisingly minimal screen time at only 17 minutes - though this movie's already short at 92 minutes so I doubt you'll notice - the visually pleasing, gleefully bizarre Beetlejuice just might be one of Tim Burton's best movies to date.
October 26, 2018
The reason Beetlejuice is a fantastic film is because it takes the bizarre and makes it completely mundane. Tim Burton creates a world where you accept everything he throws your way because that's just the way it is. And while Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis keep the film grounded, Michael Keaton-who is often imitated, but never duplicated-adds just enough insanity to make this an iconic macabre comedy.
½ October 15, 2018
Michael Keaton steals the show, definitely too short. Plot doesn't start making sense until about 15-30 minutes into the movie.
October 14, 2018
A classic. Such an original storyline that you wanna come back to again and again. I can't say enough good things about these actors and the people who put this together. It was scary but more so funny than anything. Another Tim Burton masterpiece.
½ October 3, 2018
An early Burton with his name written all over it. Some recently deceased couple turn into ghosts and when a weird family moves into they're house, they hire a scary guy to scare them out.

This is a silly film. Childish, effect filled and very fantasy-like. It's scary for kids, pretty stupid for grown ups. Sadly, it has not aged that well. The effects are still quite OK, the humor is not all that. It's quite clichefilled, if something with a story like this can fit that description.

Keaton is doing an amazing part here. It's sad that he enters the film so late - for me he is the hightlight and he lifts the film a whole lot. It's cool to see other names here, like Catherine O'Hara, Alec Baldwin and a young Winona Ryder.

It's like "Batman Forever", a really bad film, when it comes to props and style - but here it fits much better. Cool music, light humor, great performances and gentle fun, but sadly, the 30 years never did it good. I wonder what the coming follow-up can add to the table. Probably nothing much.

5 out of 10 queue numbers.
½ October 1, 2018
"Beetlejuice" is extremely hilarious.
September 17, 2018
Alec Baldwin and Geena Davies play a recently deceased married couple who are living in their beautiful home as afterlives. They collaborate with a crazy ghoul named Beetlejuice to drive away any other people who come to stay there. The casting is really good and Michael Keaton was at the top at this time. Production design, as usual is the case for a Burton film is really good and darkness and morbid overtones are seeping through the frames. Tim Burton is not everyone's cup of tea and even his most accessible films aren't universally adored. So watch Beetlejuice with these things in mind.(The quintessential Tim Burton movie).
½ August 16, 2018
Very inventive and funny.Great charactors. Holds up very well after 30 plus years.
½ August 7, 2018
Es como viajar más allá de la muerte plagado de humor negro con atmósfera de expresionismo alemán,en el que los fantasmas son unos incomprendidos a los que parecemos siempre ignorar y por ello deberíamos respetar mas a los muertos. Con un personaje carismático bien interpretado por Michael Keaton.
½ August 1, 2018
Beetlejuice is a quirky offbeat dark comedy from the late 1980s starring Michael Keaton and directed by Tim Burton. Alec Baldwin and Geena Davies play a recently deceased married couple who are living in their beautiful home as afterlives. They collaborate with a crazy ghoul named Beetlejuice to drive away any other people who come to stay there. The casting is really good and Michael Keaton was at the top at this time. Production design, as usual is the case for a Burton film is really good and darkness and morbid overtones are seeping through the frames. Tim Burton is not everyone's cup of tea and even his most accessible films aren't universally adored. So watch Beetlejuice with these things in mind.
July 26, 2018
There's an interesting film in here somewhere. Better than many Burton efforts for giving us some audience identification characters grounding the film, at least briefly, in the real world before contrasting with the fantasy world. This is the land of the dead, which has some inventive visuals and clever touches but is ultimately limited in scope. More could have been made of this intriguing place, or of the problems of Ryder's 'tortured' soul (or could have been if she was at all convincing in that role). Unfortunately, once the titular character shows up, a brilliantly unchained Keaton, the filmmakers don't seem to know how to control him any more than the characters. Ultimately, he becomes not merely superfluous to the story, but detrimental to what the film was struggling to be about, taking it over completely in the final third. It's bizarre and interesting that the antagonists are a send up of the dark-to-be-fashionable which Burton himself became.
July 16, 2018
Morbid humor is abundant in Beetlejuice!

Tim Burton directed his 1988 experimental film infusion of fantasy and comedy with superfluous creativity. Beetlejuice utilizes ghastly makeup, gothic costuming, spooky lighting, and cute mini models. Beetlejuice uses every movie making trick for its delightful practical effects. The sand worm is the only effect that does not really hold up as its primarily CGI. These real efforts along with Burton's own highly imaginative world to depict the recently deceased makes Beetlejuice timeless.

The humor of Beetlejuice is largely still funny to me. However, I found a lot of the more mature jokes at the expense of the female characters to be distasteful. Beetlejuice is probably the darkest family comedy ever made. I think most audiences will still find laughter around every one of Beetlejuice's quirky corners.

Danny Elfman's whimsical score is certainly still charming. His bombastic style fits Burton's directorial style like a tailored glove. The more childish pieces are apt to Beetlejuice's carefree attitude, while Elfman's scarier swells build up Beetlejuice's eerie atmosphere. Furthermore, I might add that Elfman's musical accompaniment is practically the sonic template to many of his later compositions. This is peak Burton and Elfman collaboration!

Lastly, I have to mention Beetlejuice's iconic casting. From a young Winona Ryder, dressed in goth chic, as our adorable protagonist. To the Michael Keaton's hectic and heinous portrayal of the titular character Beetlejuice. This movie has so many fun performances. I loved seeing legendary interviewer Dick Cavett's cameo as a stuffy manager. Similarly, it is great entertainment to see Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis play up the foolish ghosts. Likewise, Catherine O'Hara and Jeffrey Jones play the most out of their depth parents in cinema history. Everyone is as enjoyable on screen as possible thanks their great acting.

In short, Beetlejuice is still worth watching, preferably around Halloween, but it holds up with its morbid delights. By the sheer audacity of Tim Burton's bizarre choices, Beetlejuice would go on to sky rocket Burton's rising career as an odd, unique, yet innovative director. This is a comedy classic for families!
½ July 16, 2018
Beetlejuice is a quirky offbeat dark comedy from the late 1980s starring Michael Keaton and directed by Tim Burton. Alec Baldwin and Geena Davies play a recently deceased married couple who are living in their beautiful home as afterlives. They collaborate with a crazy ghoul named Beetlejuice to drive away any other people who come to stay there. The casting is really good and Michael Keaton was at the top at this time. Production design, as usual is the case for a Burton film is really good and darkness and morbid overtones are seeping through the frames. Tim Burton is not everyone's cup of tea and even his most accessible films aren't universally adored. So watch Beetlejuice with these things in mind. (A dark comedy that oozes atmosphere).
½ July 9, 2018
A childhood treasure of mine that continues to entertain and delight as I get older.
½ June 14, 2018
This is such a great comedy! It made me laugh so hard!
April 28, 2018
i thought it was stupid and annoying, but i didnt finish watching it
½ April 13, 2018
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The effort that went behind the production design, costume design and the creativity on details is definitely plausible but it also makes it more painful for the viewers as it fails to seek attention on any page of the script and that's what holds this feature from joining the bigger league. Tim Burton; being infamous for its explicit vision on creating eerie world fails to execute it on screen as anticipated. On performance level, Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis holds on to their parts but the real game changers are Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton. Having said that, Beetlejuice has a crystal clear reasoning and a genuine upbeating soul in the characters that helps audience surviving the feature along with some humor sprinkled around here and there.
½ March 29, 2018
Great Writing: 2 Stars
Creepy, curious and funny. You watch it and wonder what bizarre thing will happen next. It leaves you with just enough questions answered, but doesnt over explain and leave you wanting to know more about life after death.

Superb Production: 2.5 Stars
A perfect example of why CGI can be completely over rated. Colorful, creepy and entertaining!
½ March 26, 2018
This is Tim Burton at his best. Entirely original and incredibly funny, one I would recommend for all
March 3, 2018
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