"I'm the ghost with the most, babe."
I have to start this by saying that Michael Keaton as Betelgeuse is spectacularly fun to watch. He's insanely hilarious to a point where his ramblings are now considered modern poetry. I'm very late to this spooky party and I can't help but wonder what a young version of me would think of this film. I'd probably love it even more. What I am fascinated by most is writer Michael McDowell's satirical vision of the afterlife. Where people who committed suicide are social workers and giant worms plague those trying to escape their resting place. Burtons vision is incredibly unique taking advantage of the best make-up and effects available at this time. While succeeding in creating a visual feast, the storyline and characters often lack in place of a gimmicky second act. Personally, having Betelgeuse so involved with the ending kept me entertained. I think I may have enjoyed McDowell's original much darker script much more, which focuses on a malicious Betelgeuse hellbent on murder.