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  • Writer's pictureCorey M. Floyd

"Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire - The Frostbite of Disappointment"

After the underwhelming reception of the 2016 reboot, the Ghostbusters franchise found itself in need of a serious overhaul, a return to its roots. Then came Ghostbusters: Afterlife, a film that marked a significant departure from previous attempts, breathing new life into the series by blending nostalgic elements with fresh faces. It was a pivotal moment, bringing together both the seasoned veterans and the up-and-coming talent, revitalizing the spirit of Ghostbusters for a new generation. With the stage set, anticipation ran high for the next installment, leaving fans eager to witness what would unfold in the eagerly awaited Frozen Empire.

The film opens with the Spengler family back in action in their hometown of New York, embracing the family legacy of ghostbusting. Despite their success in wrangling spirits with the aid of cutting-edge technology and good old-fashioned teamwork, the specter of collateral damage looms large. Mayor Walter Peck, infamous for his role in the original Ghostbusters, resurfaces, targeting the Spenglers for the havoc they wreak and the precarious position of a child among their ranks. This sets the stage for a conflict that delves into the ethical complexities of their profession, adding depth to the narrative.

Moreover, the introduction of the Ghost Corps—an expanded team comprising both familiar faces and fresh recruits—adds an intriguing layer to the story. Established characters return as mentors, guiding the next generation of ghostbusters through the trials and tribulations of their perilous profession. However, despite these promising elements, the film suffers from an abundance of plots and subplots, resulting in a lack of focus that undermines its overall impact.

Discussing the merits of the Ghost Busters
Sidenote I love how this guy is always actually right about the Ghostbusters but we hate him for it.

One of the film's most glaring flaws is the delayed introduction of the main antagonist, who remains shrouded in mystery until the final act. This oversight deprives the audience of a compelling villain to root against and diminishes the sense of urgency that should drive the narrative forward. As a result, the climax feels rushed and unsatisfying, failing to deliver the payoff that viewers anticipate.

While the director/writer's ambition is commendable, their inexperience on such a grand scale is evident. It is imperative that they prioritize the story at hand over the broader franchise aspirations, ensuring that each installment stands on its own merits. With that said, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire falls short of expectations, earning a lukewarm reception from audiences and critics alike.

Ghostbusters going to work

In conclusion, while Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire attempts to build upon the franchise's storied legacy, it ultimately struggles to find its footing. Despite the return of beloved characters and the introduction of fresh faces, the film's unfocused narrative and delayed antagonist reveal its shortcomings. With room for improvement, the future of the Ghostbusters series remains uncertain, requiring a more discerning approach from its creators. For now,

Frozen Empire earns a modest grade of C-, leaving fans hopeful yet cautiously optimistic for what lies ahead.

"Did Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire meet your expectations, or did it leave you cold? Vote now!"

  • Yes, It was a great movie

  • No, just end the series here

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