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.
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!
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.
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!