In honor of Halloween, I watched Beetlejuice for the first time, and was I antsy with anticipation.

The movie definitely shouted “Tim Burton”: the crazy costumes, the color palette of the movie (i.e. the color scheme used in costumes and scenes), and just the general artistic design. For some reason, I had only registered that Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton were in the movie, so I was a mildly shocked to see a young Alec Baldwin in the movie — and playing a more prominent role than Michael Keaton at that. I guess that was also pretty surprising: I had though that Michael Keaton, playing the titular Betelgeuse, would have had a bigger role than he did.

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The movie was laugh-out-loud funny in its absurdism. The characters memorable and quirky, especially Betelgeuse (it’s a shame he didn’t get more screen time) and Juno the caseworker (played by Sylvia Sidney). The movie has such memorable moments/scenes, such as the dinner party scene — I just can’t help thinking how much fun it would have been to film this. I also loved the movie’s music; it was oddly happy and cheerful especially when contrasted against the whole “dead” & “haunting” & Betelgeuse backdrop.

Overall score of 7.5/10. The movie was funny, the characters were memorable, the cast was pretty good, and Winona Ryder was standard 80s Winona Ryder. Beetlejuice is just fun and amusing to watch; definitely a Halloween appropriate movie.

Now I really want to watch Hocus Pocus…..

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