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Movie Review: Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

| by Winter Lawrence |

Description: PG-13 | Action | Adventure | Science Fiction | Fantasy |


Starring: Paul Rudd | Carrie Coon | Finn Wolfhard | McKenna Grace |


The Story: 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 (IMDB, 2024).


Winter’s Review: If you're as hardcore of a Ghostbuster fan as I am, then I'm sure you were just as excited as I was that this sequel was coming out - and, boy, did they hit it out of the park! It begins with a flashback to old-timey NYC and a posh party that goes terribly array. Fast forward to the present day and we find Phoebe, Trevor, Callie, and Gary living in the iconic Ghostbusters firestation, where they are - you guessed it - busting ghosts as a bit of a dysfunctional-but-cute family. There are a bunch of old, familiar faces along the way too. Mayor Walter Peck, Janine, a fleet of adorable mini-Stay Pufts, and Slimer are just a few of the veterans we get a glimpse of early on. Ray plays a notable role as he now owns a quaint bookstore, where Ghostbusters: Afterlife alum Podcast is helping him with a series where they are interviewing folks about possible haunted objects - which Ray manages to procure to secretly hand over to Winston and Venkman, where - by chance - another Ghostbusters: Afterlife alum, Lucky, is interning.

With the new and old gang reunited, the movie hits the ground running with a great supporting cast and lots of laughs along the way. The plot is solid, with Kumail Nanjiani playing the role of Nadeem, a seemingly lost-from-his-heritage hustler who discovers that his family has secretly been keeping the world safe from a monster of icy proportions! There, is, of course, a love story - with Trevor and Lucky rekindling their little crush, and with Phoebe finding an unlikely love in a ghost. It has a little bit of a Romeo & Juliet feel to it, with a modern-day edge I adore, and that eventually builds into an epic battle where the Ghostbusters save the world from the next ice age.

Normally, I try not to give away too many spoilers, but with all of the cameos, I couldn't resist. Also, they're Ghostbusters, so you know they're going to save the day - and they did it well! The only thing that would have made this movie better is if they could have worked in the cast of Ghostbusters: Answer the Call, and, of course, if they could have gotten Rick Moranis to join, if even for a second! We miss you, Rick!

So, I bet you're wondering if I think this movie is worth the trip to the theaters? Winter says, heck, yeah! Go and buy your tickets right now. I'll meet y'all there!


Winter’s Forecast: 5 Flurries!

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Winter’s Forecast runs on a Five-Flurry Rating System, with five being a perfect storm of fantastic acting, astounding storylines and film components, and an all-around amazing movie-going experience. Here’s the rest of the breakdown:


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