Ghostbusters-Frozen Empire (2024) American Movie Review

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‘Ghostbusters-Frozen Empire’ is the latest American movie that traces its roots to the successful Hollywood film franchise started by the original 1984 ‘Ghostbusters’ movie. That captured the hearts of its fans after its release.

So, with this 2024 film, its makers have tried hard to recreate and recapture the timeless magic of the original. Now, the big question is, whether this film is the worthy successor of the original. Well, keep reading to find out.

‘Ghostbusters-Frozen Empire’ Is A Fun Filled Nostalgic Trip For Its Avid Fans

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Synopsis: Ghostbusters-Frozen Empire (2024) Movie

The Spengler family returns to where it all started — the iconic New York City firehouse — to team up with the original Ghostbusters, who’ve developed a top-secret research lab to take busting ghosts to the next level. But when the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes an evil force, Ghostbusters new and old must join forces to protect their home and save the world from a second Ice Age.

The original Ghostbusters vehicle is back in New York

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The introduction

As we hinted earlier, the “Ghostbusters-Frozen Empire” (2024) movie is based on the “Ghostbusters” (1984) movie. The original 1984 film was an Ivan Reitman film written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. So, this film is a heartfelt tribute to the late Ivan Reitman, the original director of the first two movies. Ivan Reitman, who passed away on February 12, 2022, was made aware of the film’s plans before his death in February 2022, three months before Sony’s official announcement of the sequel titled “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” (2021) movie.

Both the writers – Gil Kenan and Jason Reitman took the initiative to guide the franchise’s original director Ivan Reitman through their comprehensive pitch, and he graciously granted his approval. Furthermore, this 2024 film was launched 40 years after the original movie, and 35 years after the first sequel. Interestingly, it aligns with the 100th anniversary of Columbia Pictures and the 10th anniversary of Harold Ramis’ passing.

What did we like in this film?

After the 2021 film, the latest 2024 film spells out that the fresh recruits of the Ghostbusters team are here to stay. Therefore, the Spengler family consisting of Carrie Coon (Callie Spengler), Finn Wolfhard (Trevor Spengler), Mckenna Grace (Phoebe Spengler) and Paul Rudd (Gary Grooberson) are back in New York to fight the most powerful set of ghosts. Thankfully, in their endeavour, they will be actively guided and assisted by the OGs.

Mckenna Grace (Phoebe Spengler with glasses), Coon (Callie Spengler), Paul Rudd (Gary Grooberson) and Finn Wolfhard (Trevor Spengler) – {they are sitting facing us & their names are in clockwise}

One of the Unique Selling Points (USPs) is that we see the original actors from the earlier Ghostbusters movies. As all of these actors reprise their earlier roles – Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore), Bill Murray (Peter Venkman), Dan Aykroyd (Ray Stantz), Annie Potts (Janine Melnitz), Patton Oswalt (Dr. Hubert Wartzki), etc. For the Ghostbusters’ ardent fans like us, it was a treat to watch all of them onscreen together, one more time.

Then, we were also pleasantly surprised and somewhat excited to see Kumail Nanjiani (Nadeem Razmaadi) play a key role in this Sci-fi film. It is always good to see, someone from our part of the world (the Indian sub-continent) in American movies. As usual, his funny guy act was entertaining. Not to forget, the young actors, like, Celeste O’Connor (Lucky), Logan Kim (Podcast), and Emily Alyn Lind (Melody) played their part well too.

The fact is that its entire ensemble cast did a fine job. We enjoyed watching almost all of them.

What did we not like in this film?

This is the second time that the Ghostbusters fight against a ghost god Garraka after Gozer in Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) movies. So, we were looking forward to the Ghostbusters’ heroic fight against the powerful Ghost army led by the phantom god. This showdown between the Ghostbusters and the Garraka – the phantom god could have been much grander and spic scale. But it was not to be.

Somehow it was anti-climactic for us. In India, we have gotten used to almost three-hour-long movies. As a result, we felt shortchanged. For us, it was as if the film ended, just when things were literally heating up.

The conclusion

Although it has a predictable storyline, we were thoroughly entertained. The special effects looked good too. We liked the different kinds of Ghosts in the film – Garraka, Slimer, Sewer Dragon, Possessor, etc. Our favourites are Melody and the animated Stay Puft (Mini-Pufts) Marshmallows. It is always a nostalgic experience for us to revisit the modern and contemporary editions of Hollywood’s timeless classic films. Enjoy!

Rating: Ghostbusters-Frozen Empire (2024) Movie

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
FM Rating3.50/5
FM Rating: Ghostbusters-Frozen Empire (2024) Film

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Key Details: Ghostbusters-Frozen Empire (2024) Movie

GenreAdventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi
Original languageEnglish (USA)
Duration1 hour 55 minutes
WritersGil Kenan & Jason Reitman
DirectorGil Kenan
CastPaul Rudd (Gary Grooberson), Carrie Coon (Callie Spengler), Finn Wolfhard (Trevor Spengler), Mckenna Grace (Phoebe Spengler), Kumail Nanjiani (Nadeem Razmaadi), Bill Murray (Peter Venkman), Dan Aykroyd (Ray Stantz), Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore), Annie Potts (Janine Melnitz), William Atherton (Mayor Walter Peck), Patton Oswalt (Dr. Hubert Wartzki), Emily Alyn Lind (Melody), Logan Kim (Podcast), Celeste O’Connor (Lucky), etc.
DistributorsColumbia Pictures
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