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Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 Paws

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

Columbia Pictures, BRON Studios, Ghostcorps, Right of Way Films and Sony Pictures Releasing present a PG-13, 115-minute, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy film, directed by Gil Kenan, written by Kenan, Jason Reitman and Ivan Reitman with a release date of March 22, 2024.

The story starts in NYC in 1907 when some firefighters on a call enter into a building and find that everyone is frozen but they also find a person holding a round orb which apparently contains the evil freeze demon inside. Years later, in current time, it is a warm sunny day in the city and the Spengler family, mother Callie (Carrie Coon), daughter Phoebe (Mckenna Grace), son Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) live and work in the old firehouse with Callie’s partner Gary Grooberson (Paul Rudd) along with friends Podcast (Logan Kim) and Lucky (Celeste O’Connor) all part of the Ghostbusters including good ole Janine Melnitz (Annie Potts). They are still chasing ghosts and locking them up in a containment chamber in the basement of the firehouse.

Yet one day, when 15-year-old Phoebe tries to save the day and contain a certain ghost that wreaks havoc on the city causing a lot of damage, the town Mayor Walter Peck (William Atherton) arrests the Spengler family and enforces the fact that Phoebe is too young to be a ghostbuster. Even though she is really good at what she does! Disappointed and depressed Phoebe makes friends with a young girl (Emily Alyn Lind) in the park over a game of chess. Ironically this young girl is a ghost who befriends Phoebe, but why?

Later Nadeem Razmaadi (Kumail Nanjiani) shows up at Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) spirit and pawn shop with some items and one of them happens to be the orb from 1907. Curious and still delved into the ghost world Ray runs a test on the orb and finds that something very evil and strong is contained within it. As you can guess whatever is in the orb gets out and all of NYC is turning to ice. So, who you gonna call? Of course, the Ghostbusters but this time it is a force of young and old including Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) and Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) banning together to save the world against a bad-ass ancient ghost.

I really enjoyed the film and I thought the story was written well and directed well also but I thought the middle of the story got a bit slow with no major peaks and valleys to keep the momentum going. They had some good character development with some of the cast but hardly any with some others which caused me to not be as invested in their fate. The film has some ghosts throughout but not as many as I hoped they would before be moving on to the freeze demon. The idea of bringing in the original cast with the new faces was well done but new Ghostbuster fans may not know them unless the viewer does some past homework. The photography was superb along with the score and acting from the cast but I felt some of the older actors like Annie Potts, Bill Murray could have had more on-screen moments. It’s a fun film for all and other than ghosts no animals were harmed in this story. I loved the marshmallow ghosts they were awesome and hysterical as is Rudd and Nanijiani both who stood out as my favorite characters. Overall, this is a film that should do well in the theater but next time I hope they spend more time on the ghosts with more scenes of destruction on mankind.

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