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  • Writer's pictureRob Ervin

Don Reviews "Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire"


Not only is Sheridan, Wyoming famous for being the town I was born in but it is also known for hauntings.  The historic Sheridan Inn, opened by Buffalo Bill Cody, is known to ghost hunters as one of the hot spots of supernatural activity because it is known to be possessed by the spirit former employee Miss Kate Arnold.  There is also the historic landmark of the Kendrick Mansion, which is on top of the hill in the city and has been said by many to have seen spirits have been seen at night by looking up at the mansion.  Maybe they should have called someone about this…

 

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is the latest film co-written and directed by Gil Kenan (Poltergeist - 2015) and features Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, McKenna Grace, Dan Akroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson and Kumail Nanjiani.  It’s been some time since the events of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and Gary (Rudd) and the Spengler family moved from Oklahoma to New York City.  They now live in the former crew’s firehouse bankrolled by Winston (Hudson) and are busy protecting the city from ghosts as Ray (Aykroyd) runs his oddities shop, where he comes across an artifact that ends up being the prison for an evil spirit that wants to take over our world.

 

The special effects and cinematography are spot on with an incredible mix of practical effects and CGI.  Seeing the old firehouse brought back some good memories alongside some great work with both the new and original casts.  On the flip side, this film did not have that special feel and incredible comedy like the original. The chemistry was OK, but I feel they tried too hard to make that magic the original film had.

 

There are times where things got a little complicated and unnecessary to the point where there could be about fifteen minutes cut out with no issues.  Even though I feel the last three films were not great, this one at least tries to make up for Afterlife.  There are some good and funny moments and even some cool homages to the 1984 film like Slimer and the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man alongside a ton of Easter eggs done right. I did enjoy this film, but I did not love it, so I will recommend Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire as seeing it in a second run theater.

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