The ‘Burbs

The 'Burbs (1989) - IMDb

It took me a lot longer to see The ‘Burbs than I feel like it should have. For the longest time the only thing I knew about it was it starred Tom Hanks, which normally would have normally been a reason for me to see it. After learning more about directors, I learned that it was directed by Joe Dante, the director of one of my favorite movies Gremlins. After finally seeing it I finally saw why I had heard so many thing about it. Younger me probably wouldn’t have liked it as much as I did now.

The ‘Burbs was directed by Joe Dante. It was written by Dana Olsen. I’m a huge fan of Joe Dante. I’ve already mentioned my love for Gremlins, but it isn’t just the first one but the sequel as well. I honestly can’t think of a Joe Dante movie that I’ve seen that I don’t like. Dana Olsen’s work is something that I didn’t know that he was attached to until just now. He wrote the George of the Jungle and Inspector Gadget movies from the 90s. They made one of the most entertaining movies from the 80s and its one of a kind.

The cast of The ‘Burbs is a lot of fun. It stars Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Rick Ducommun, Wendy Schaal, and Corey Feldman. This is kind of Tom Hanks’ movie when it comes to the cast. Everything that happens comes from his character and how he reacts to what’s going on. Rick Ducommon is simply fantastic in his role as what might be the most annoying neighbor in movie history, or at the very least a top seeded placement. Carrie Fisher gets to have a lot of fun being the straight man to Tom Hanks more zany antics. The entire cast makes the movie.

The ‘Burbs takes place in the suburbs in a cul de sac. Ray Peterson is on vacation for a week and wants to just stay at his house. He recently had new neighbors move in next door. There are weird sounds and lights that happen at night. Two of his other neighbors, Art and Rumsfield, decide that there’s something up with the newly moved in neighbors, The Klopeks. The three men start an investigation into the neighbors, much to the annoyances of their wives.

The production design for the movie is really fun. You get a sense of each family just by seeing their house. The same goes for the costume design. The differences between the more “normal” characters and the Klopeks is fun. The music by Jerry Goldsmith does a lot to help build the tension. The score is just so much fun and you really get the feel that they were going for in the movie.

The ‘Burbs is one of the most fun comedies from the 80s. This kind of came out in a lull in Tom Hanks’ career, right before he really became known for his dramatic roles. Carrie Fisher doesn’t get mentioned enough in this because of her playing the straight man, which she does to perfection. You can stream The ‘Burbs on the Starz app. I give The ‘Burbs 9 furnaces out of 10.

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