The Rewind (1980s) Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetle….Hey, look! A squirrel.

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Beetlejuice (1988)

Genre: Comedy

Director: Tim Burton

Starring: Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Jeffery Jones, Winona Ryder

Beetlejuice is an extraordinary comedy. A movie that was dark and creative, showcasing the best of Tim Burton’s style (back when he had that eccentric manner).

Beetlejuice is about a young couple who discover they are dead and soon find that a new family of social elites has bought their home. Trying to rid “their” home of these new pests, they call upon the expertise of an infamous  bio-exorcist named Beetlejuice.  Together, they look to take back their home from these residents. Beetlejuice however doesn’t play by the same rules of others and things get crazy.

There is so much to love about this film. First off, I tip my cap to Mr. Tim Burton for the exceptional work he did on this film. Burton of the 1980’s (and 1990’s) was special. When all the “cool” kid directors had a certain style, he walked a different path. When people told him Michael Keaton wasn’t a good fit for comedy, he said they were wrong. Keaton would wind up being a wonderfully eccentric character. The sets were colorful and the wide array of worlds depicted were elaborate and surreal.  The cast was wonderful and talented, the comedy still works today in all its deranged madness. The film is a classic.

I hear they are making a sequel with Burton and Keaton coming back. Burton has rarely inspired in the last 15 years so I’m doubtful that it is going to be a good idea. Sometimes a good idea works only once and that’s it.  Can the sequel be good even if its 30 years later? Yeah,it can be, but I won’t hold my breath.

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