GHOSTBUSTERS: FROZEN EMPIRE Review – Busting Ghosts Is Freaky and Fun Once Again

GHOSTBUSTERS: FROZEN EMPIRE is almost everything I wanted and needed

In the realm of supernatural adventures, few franchises hold as much nostalgic weight and enduring charm as Ghostbusters. With its latest installment, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, audiences are invited on another thrilling journey into the world of spectral mayhem and comedic heroics. This time, the stakes are higher, the laughs are louder, and the spirits are more sinister than ever before. As the original crew reunites alongside fresh faces, the film promises to deliver a captivating blend of old-school nostalgia and contemporary flair.

From the iconic performances of seasoned veterans to the breakout talents of rising stars, Frozen Empire aims to capture the hearts of fans old and new alike, offering a cinematic experience that’s equal parts spooky, hilarious, and heartwarming. So buckle up, grab your proton packs, and get ready for a ghostly adventure like no other.

A Timeless Roster


Lucky (Celeste O’Connor), Winston (Ernie Hudson), Trevor (Finn Wolfhard), Mr. Grooberson (Paul Rudd), Lars Pinfield (James Acaster), Phoebe (Mckenna Grace), Callie (Carrie Coon)

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire treats fans to a delightful reunion with the beloved original cast members, who effortlessly slip back into their iconic roles with a charm and wit that’s as timeless as ever. Bill Murray’s reprisal of Dr. Peter Venkman is a particular highlight, as he injects the film with his signature brand of humor and charisma in the exactly right amount.

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Dan Aykroyd’s return as Ray Stantz brings a sense of warmth and nostalgia, while Ernie Hudson’s expanded role as Winston Zeddemore adds depth and heart to the team dynamic. Annie Potts shines once again as the lovable Janine Melnitz, providing the perfect blend of sass and sincerity. Together, these seasoned performers form the backbone of the film, infusing it with the same spirit and energy that made the original such a beloved classic.

Adding to the star-studded cast is the ever-charming Paul Rudd, who brings his trademark likability to the role of Mr. Grooberson. His chemistry with the rest of the ensemble, especially newcomer McKenna Grace, is a joy to behold. Rudd’s comedic timing and effortless charisma elevate every scene he’s in, making him a standout addition to the Ghostbusters universe.

The New Busters


(L to R) Trevor (Finn Wolfhard), Lucky (Celeste O’Connor), Gary (Paul Rudd), Nadeem (Kamail Nanjiani), Podcast (Logan Kim) and Callie (Carrie Coon)

Speaking of newcomers, McKenna Grace delivers a breakout performance as Phoebe, the young and determined protagonist who finds herself thrust into the world of ghostbusting. Despite her tender age, Grace brings a depth and maturity to the role that belies her years, infusing Phoebe with a quiet strength and determination that anchors the film.

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But it’s not just the main cast members who shine in the lastest installment. Kumail Nanjiani delivers a scene-stealing performance as a character caught up in the supernatural chaos. His comedic timing and natural charisma add an extra layer of hilarity to an already uproarious ensemble, making him a surprising standout in the film.

A Refreshingly Straightforward Story


One of the strengths of Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is its refreshingly straightforward and fun story. The film doesn’t get bogged down in unnecessary plot twists or convoluted mythology; instead, it focuses on delivering plenty of laughs and thrills from start to finish. The pacing is brisk, the humor is sharp, and the stakes are high, making for an exhilarating ride that never loses momentum. Also, it was a relief to have no sign or mention of Zuul.

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At the heart of the film is a terrifying villain that keeps the stakes high throughout the film. From its chilling introduction to its pulse-pounding climax, the supernatural threat looms large, driving the action forward and keeping audiences on the edge of their seats. It’s a testament to the filmmakers’ skill that they’re able to balance the humor and heart of the franchise with genuinely thrilling and suspenseful moments.

Almost Perfect Use of Nostalgia

Slimer in a trash pile

While Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire expertly uses nostalgia to enhance the experience, it never relies on it as a crutch. Instead, it uses familiar elements from the original films to highlight what makes the franchise so enduringly popular while also forging ahead with new and exciting adventures. The result is a film that feels both fresh and familiar, paying homage to its roots while also blazing its own trail.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is a supernatural delight that’s sure to please fans old and new alike. With its charming returns, breakout performances, and refreshingly straightforward story, it’s a film that’s as fun as it is thrilling. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of the original films or a newcomer to the franchise, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy. So grab your proton pack and get ready for a ghostbusting adventure like no other!

While I fully and truly stand by this being a fun movie that hits all the right Ghostbusters notes and makes me want a proton pack, I have to drop it points for the lack of ecto cooler in the film and in life. The film canonized Ray Parker Jr. and the theme song, as well as the cereal, and presents a perfect opportunity to include themed foods from the past 40 years of the franchise. So my score is reduced because of that perfectly set up and missed opportunity… and the lack of Ecto Cooler available. You’ll get it when you see Slimer. So keep that in mind as I give Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire a


Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire releases exclusively in theaters on March 22, 2024. Tickets on sale now! There is one mid-credit scene.

About Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire


Release Date: March 22, 2024
Directed by: Gil Kenan
Written by: Jason Reitman & Gil Kenan
Based on the 1984 film Ghostbusters An Ivan Reitman film written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis
Produced by: Jason Reitman, Jason Blumenfeld
Executive Producers: Dan Aykroyd, JoAnn Perritano, Amie Karp, Eric Reich, Erica Mills
Cast: Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Kumail Nanjiani, Patton Oswalt, Celeste O’Connor, Logan Kim, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts

In Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, 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.

Are you ready to join the fight against the supernatural chill? Will the Ghostbusters save New York City from an eternal winter? Did you already secure your tickets for Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire? Let us know and share your thoughts with us on Discord!

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Professional Nerd | Amateur Human | Creative/Content Director The best way to describe Kevin Fenix is the kid you never tell what the buttons do in video games so you have a chance to win. Being 6’ 4” and Asian, he never really fit in, so he got comfortable standing out. Not only is it easy to find him in crowds, he dabbles in the culinary arts, does a little stand up and improv, and can honestly say Spider-Man is the Jesus-like influence of his life. Kevin Fenix loves dogs, movies, television, comics, comedy, and to shoot people… with video.