Beetlejuice is a classic. It was one of Tim Burton’s first movies which started a nearly 20 year run of hits, unmatched by VERY few directors. It also lent even more credence to the versatility of rising star Michael Keaton, who returned to Burton’s side for Batman and Batman Returns right after. It also stars Catherine O’Hara, the queen, and ROCKETED Winona Ryder into the limelight.
But it’s not for everyone. Tim Burton sort of has two lanes he likes to live in. One being the cruder, dark Beetlejuice lane. The other being the more fantastical, bright and uplifting Big Fish lane. Neither lane is better than the other, but Kristin certainly prefers the latter. Revisiting Beetlejuice after so many years did not really change her perception. It was liked, but not WELL liked.
Meanwhile, husband/editor Will could hear the movie playing in the other room while he slaved over the editing bay and found himself laughing to tears at how good the jokes are. Not only that, he kept walking out to the living room to relive one of his all time favorites.
Like most Tim Burton movies, Beetlejuice isn’t going to resonate with everyone. But that’s OK. It’s a wildly unique film with incredible characters and personality. Plus, the world building it does is deep and interesting without taking the focus away from the through line. Oh yeah, and Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis are in it.
So grab your Handbook for the Recently Deceased, take a number, and settle in for today’s episode of So…I’m Watching This Show!