“Beetle Juice…” “Beetle Juice”….(don’t say his name three times!)
This movie follows the lives/deaths/lives of a young couple, Adam and Barbara Maitland, who have died in an accident. Their beloved home has been sold to a couple, and their young daughter, who are escaping New York City life for the idyllic country life.
Conflict begins when the New York wife and her assistant wishes to make drastic changes to the ghosts’ beloved home. They try and scare the family away with no success…in fact the eccentric adults in the movie wish to profit on the fact the house is “haunted.
Meanwhile, the dead family begin to have a friendship with the live couple’s daughter who is often ignored by her parents. Winona Ryder plays the daughter who can see the dead couple and tries to help resolve conflict between the live and dead couples in order to stay in her new home and keep her new found friends.
(Michael Keaton) Beetle Juice is an OBNOXIOUS poltergeist who claims he is trying to help the dead couple rid the home of the living, has an agenda. After repeated warnings as to NOT have him help, the dead couple reluctantly consider his help. Although they immediately wish they hadn’t! Throughout the movie, the dead couple are trying to put the “cat back in the bag.”
The movie is a cute Halloween classic! Michael Keaton is EXCELLENT in his portrayal of the main antagonist! His antics are hilarious and I can’t imagine anyone else playing him. The movie is not particularly scary, maybe for younger kids. Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis are good at playing the frustrated dead couple. Winona Ryder plays the perfect “goth” pre-teen who befriends the Maitlands.
Directed by: Tim Burton
Starring: Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin, Michael Keaton, Wynona Ryder
Review by Julie C.