In Review: Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (Streaming)

When the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes an evil force, Ghostbusters new and old must join forces to protect their home
Ghostbusters

Synopsis: 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 Story

Picking the story up a couple of years after events seen in Ghostbusters Afterlife. The Spengler family have moved to New York and are now running Ghostbusters. When a job causes a little bit of public damage to the city the family gets into trouble with Mayor Walter Peck who continues to have it in for our paranormal exterminators. Peck tells Gary and Callie Spengler that their daughter Phoebe is underage and should not be working for their company. This forces the family to bench Phoebe at a critical time when New York is about to be invaded by a wicked god called Garraka who will bring about a second ice age if he is not stopped. 

Feeling left out of things. Phoebe befriends a ghost called Melody who had the misfortune of dying in a fire, but may be hiding a deadly secret. 

 

The Acting

Mckenna Grace reprises her role of Phoebe who has grown somewhat since the last film and become a lot more confident and comfortable with her scientific mind and penchant for tinkering. Grace has some great scenes throughout the movie, but some of the best dramatic moments come from her scenes with Emily Alyn Lind who plays the ghost Melody who seems to appear at a time when Phoebe is needing a friend.

Finn Wolfhard returns as Phoebe’s older brother Trevor who provides a fair bit of physical comedy as his character’s clumsiness sees him get slimed a few times. Adding to the comedy are Paul Rudd and Carrie Coon as Gary and Callie Spengler and their struggles balancing Ghostbusting with parenting. British comedy star James Acaster adds to the mayhem as geeky scientist Lars Pinfield who gets called into to do a repair at the firehouse where Ghostbusters operates from. 

The film also has fairly big roles for the original Ghostbusting team of Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, and Annie Potts who all reprise the roles that they originated in the 1984 movie. William Atherton returns as Mayor Walter Peck who still doesn’t get it. 

 

Overall

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is a confident sequel to Afterlife and provides plenty of character development for the Spangler family while also allowing space for the original team and a whole bunch of new characters. The visuals throughout the film are great and the depiction of Garraka was both rather scary looking as well as a memorable villain for the team to go up against. If I have one slight criticism it would be that pacing wise the movie slowed a little in the middle a tad to much for my liking, but when it picked up again it delivered a satisfying ending. 

Seeing Aykroyd, Murray, Hudson, and Potts reprise their roles from the original movies was a joy. Especially given that they get more screen time this time out and truly do feel like a part of the movie.

 

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is now available to rent or buy via all good streaming services. But if you wait a month or two the price of the movie will drop a little as it is priced rather highly at present with the film still being out at most Cinemas.

9.5
Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (Streaming)
  • Story
    8.7
  • Acting
    9.8
  • CGI & Stunts
    10
  • Incidental Music
    9.6

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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