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Once again doing movie reviews this year and TL;DR but I’m going to break down the plot using Mary Carroll Moore’s W-story structuring method. Don’t know what the W stands for? Check out Ms. Moore’s video explanation here.
Disclaimer: This is MY version of a plot break down. You might decide I’m entirely wrong and spewing nonsense, and that’s cool. It’s all relative.
Also SPOILER WARNING.
Since I’ve watched the new Ghostbusters trailer, and I’m planning to see it, I got around to finding the original Ghostbusters and its sequel on Netflix and thought ‘heck, why not?’ Even though the ectoplasm disgusts me…it looks like boogers…or other unsavory human fluids.
And we chop – bust this plot (who you gonna call, plotbusters!):
Triggering event: The ghost in the library is the first encounter with a paranormal entity face-to-face (is it really “face to face” though where ghosts are considered?), and they have no means to capture the ghost and run away in fear.
Setting up the problem: That and they’re research and funding and room from the university is being plugged, effective as of immediately. So the stoic but oddly sexy Egon, the A-hole Dr. Venkman who might have grown on me a bit, cutey Dr. Stantz are kicked out on their asses. And when they open their own ghost butt-kicking company, the eponymous ‘Ghostbusters’, they aren’t turning out much interest and clientele. In fact they’re going pretty broke and reaching into the last reserve of their loan when they get their first official client…well, actually two. They sort of fail the first client, Dr. Venkman’s love interest, and
Turning point #1: The Ghostbusters are in the haunted hotel in pursuit of their first spectral fiend and after a long, very costly (as in costly to the hotel) fight, they manage to avoid destroying themselves and capturing their first ghost. They manage to finagle the price they want for their services ($5000!) from the hotel manager.
Recovering from the problem: The news of their ghost capture hits the media and word of mouth is hot! The Ghostbusters are wanted men, err, ghost-hunting professional in the city. Everyone’s calling about their ghost problems. Venkman is able to convince his lady love interest to go out on a “business” date with him. In fact they have so many calls they need to hire another guy, Winston. The only snitch is the suspicious environmental inspector Peck (or as Venkman likes to call him ‘Pecker’).
Midpoint: Venkman is off on his date, and Stantz and Winston are covering patrol and taking calls. Winston points out that there has been a lot of ghost activity lately and it could be signalling the Biblical Armageddon/apocalypse/end of times. Meanwhile Egon is holding down the fort back at HQ.
Deepening from the problem: Venkman is greeted by his date at her door and she basically ravishes him. He quickly takes note of the slime/ectoplasm that’s exploded in her living room and correctly assumes she’s possessed by Zuul, the same demon-ghost thing that’s been haunting her fridge (yeah, you read that correctly). Gatekeeper and the keymaster demon dog creatures should probably not be put together, so the Ghostbusters gotta keep them apart. Trouble goes down in an apocalyptic way and the Ghostbusters are the only hope for the city and the world.
Turning point #2: After a fight with the evil Gozer — the evil demi-god that will destroy the world if not stopped, the Ghostbusters think they bested her/it and they realize they’ve only pissed her off. Phase 2 of battle begins…
Resolving of the problem/Climax: Getting an idea to combine their ghost-busting laser beams/nuclear particular ray beams they blast the throne/temple of Gozer and she/it bursts into sticky, marshmallow-y goo.
Resolution: Everyone heads down and celebrates; Venkman kisses his love interest and partying for saving the world ensues. The End…not the ‘end-end’ just the end. You get it right?
Anyone going to watch the new Ghostbusters? I adore Melissa McCarthy (The Boss is out today!) and Kristen Wiig, so that’s a huge yes for me!