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Beetlejuice

October 1, 2019
By Anonymous

 Beetlejuice is a fantastical horror from the directorial mind of the famous Tim Burton, and like most Tim Burton flicks, this movie proves to be a crazy collage just as daring as its creator. The movie revolves around Barbara and Adam Maitland, a couple that has just recently died in a car accident. However, their journey doesn't end here. Upon death, the duo soon experience strange events, like being brought back to their home and being unable to leave the premises, with the fear of monsters outside capturing them if they do manage to somehow leave. While still unsure about what exactly is happening to them, the couple soon discovers that they are actually dead ghosts. This means they can never leave the house. To make matters worse, the horrible and practically unbearable Deetzes move into their home. Consisting of Lydia, her father, and her step-mother, the trio soon comes to invade the Maitland's territory. Once they actually buy the home, Barbara and Adam realize that they'll never be able to have any peace in this new home that is run by excruciatingly horrendous people. After various attempts of trying to scare them away, the ghost couple realizes that they might need an outside source to help if they're going to have any success in scaring their new visitors away. They soon turn to Beetlejuice, a dangerously rambunctious ghost that is devious, plotting and spells trouble for both Barbara and Adam, as well as Lydia, the teenager living in the home, that they have now involved into this mess. As the living and the dead combat against the troublesome Beetlejuice, they begin to question if they can even coexist with one another peacefully. 
 Beetlejuice proves to be an exhilarating adventure that combines together science fiction, fantasy and drama to create a truly entertaining roller coaster. The beginning of the movie does a fantastic job of setting the stage for the rest of the movie, while also introducing audiences to Barbara and Adam Maitland. This allows viewers to be immersed into a world of the undead just as suddenly as the main characters are. The middle of the movie marvelously progresses the plot along with ease, and this portion includes plenty of character development and fleshes out the store arcs of all of the major concepts and characters. The enticing ending of the movie proves to be slightly whacky, as are most of Burton's movies, and also includes a significant amount of emotion to brilliantly bring this movie to a successful close. All loose ends are tied up, and everything ends cohesively and concisely, without there being any extra luggage at the end to hamper the film down. 
 Beetlejuice greatly benefits from a wide array of amazingly vivid visual effects and some superb special effects to create a visual masterpiece that brings plenty of undead concepts to life. There are plenty of strange ghost concepts that are introduced, such as odd-looking creatures haunting, and all of these are successfully made believable. Also, since a somewhat significant portion of the movie revolves around ghosts trying to scare away the living, it shouldn't be that surprising that these gags and scares are made genuinely horror-like to scare even the fiercest of viewers. 

 Beetlejuice proves to be a majestic horror flick that has a splendid story, a thorough plot and plenty of meaningful characters that capture the audience's attention. There's a young Alec Baldwin as Adam Maitland that shines, and Michael Keaton's Beetlejuice is incredibly captivating. Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie an impressive 84%, and a whopping 90% of Google users liked the movie, signifying that this is a great fit for a wide variety of watchers. Without a doubt, this is definitely worth seeing. 


The author's comments:

"Barb, honey... we're dead. I don't think we have very much to worry about anymore." - Adam Maitland


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