Friday, October 27, 2017

Countdown To Halloween // Day Twenty-Seven

Welcome back to day twenty-seven of my countdown to Halloween series, where I share all of my favourite Halloween films. Today's film is...
Halloween Film List / BeetleJuice 1998 Review / Belle Chaton Blog 2017

The film follows married couple Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) as they end up in a terrible car accident, where they later die. They then find themselves stuck haunting their old home, unable to leave...but it soon gets a whole lot worse when the Deetz family: Delia (Catherine O'Hara), Charles (Jeffrey Jones) and Lydia (Winona Ryder) buy the property and move in. The Maitlands find them unbearable to live with so they attempt to haunt them, in the hopes that if they become scared enough they may leave. However, the plan isn't as easy as they initially thought and their efforts soon catch the attention of 'Betelgeuse' (Michael Keaton) who's help always has disastrous consequences. 

Halloween Film List / BeetleJuice 1998 Review / Belle Chaton Blog 2017

I'm sure you can all agree, this is a film that you always hear about and it's usually really great things. For some reason, I had never got round to watching it. I sort of watched it once a few years ago but didn't really give it much concentration so I couldn't even really remember the premise. I recently gave it another go and really enjoyed it!As I've said before Tim Burton's films are pretty hit or miss but I think this is definitely one of the better ones but still not his best. The premise is interesting and has an original take on the afterlife, it also has pretty great casting and the production design is incredible. It's so visually creative, funny and just an all-around charming film.

Halloween Film List / BeetleJuice 1998 Review / Belle Chaton Blog 2017

 However, I can't help but feel like there's a little something missing from this film and I'm not sure what it is. The weirdest thing for me is the film is called Beetlejuice (1988) but he's my least favourite character and he's only in the film for a total of 17.5 minutes overall. Some of the things he says are really funny but I also find him really annoying and the misogynistic things he says are a little unsettling. Maybe I watched it at the wrong time considering what's currently happening in the world of film in Hollywood but some of the things he says and does that are deemed okay, really make you think. Especially the part where he tries to marry a teenage girl...but I guess he's a memorable character and maybe that's what they were going for.

On a more positive note, I am head over heels in love with Winona Ryder and I really loved her as Lydia in this film and because of that, I will definitely always re-watch. Another thing I really liked was spotting the Tim Burton easter eggs throughout, such as the Jack Skellington-esque skull that is seen on top of the Merry-Go-Round in one of the scenes, which would have been five years before the release of The Nightmare Before Christmas.

 If you're a fan of Tim Burton and are yet to see Beetlejuice, definitely give it a watch!
Halloween Film List / BeetleJuice 1998 Review / Belle Chaton Blog 2017

"I, myself, am strange and unusual."

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