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Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire Review - Liam Dearden

As a lifelong Ghostbusters fan Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is a nostalgic ECTO-1-driven joyride offering up all the trademarks of the 40-year-old franchise that serves as a loving tribute to the late Ivan Reitman. The film captures the essence of the original series while delivering a fresh and innovative storyline that resonates with both new audiences and diehard Ghostbusters fans. The return to the iconic New York City firehouse and the reunion with the original Ghostbusters evoke a sense of nostalgia and excitement.

The story follows the Spengler family's return to the firehouse, where they team up with the original Ghostbusters to combat a new supernatural threat unleashed by an ancient artefact. The film successfully balances the themes of family, legacy, and the supernatural, providing an emotional and action-packed narrative. In "Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire”, there has always been a question about how to define home – the principle of this film Is this story of a family trying to find a way to ground themselves, to have a place they can hold onto, and ultimately a place to define themselves as a family. The bond of the Spengler family is the beating heart of the film. 

Seeing the original Ghostbusters, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts back at the Firehouse was pure joy. I was grinning from ear to ear throughout. The performances, action, and moments are all able to recapture the magic of the original. McKenna Grace shines and stands out once again as Phoebe Spengler, 

The addition of new characters and inventive storytelling keeps the film feeling fresh and captivating. It's a Ghostbusters movie for Ghostbusters fans, with the original cast delivering captivating performances and recapturing the magic of the original 1984 film while also adapting elements from the 80s animated series The Real Ghostbusters. The film's ability to blend emotional depth with thrilling ghostbusting makes it a highly satisfying continuation of the franchise.

Visually, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is a feast for the eyes, with stunning special effects and a priority on practical effects that bring the ghosts to life in a truly haunting manner. 

"Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire" represents a confident step forward for the franchise, paying homage to its iconic legacy while propelling the ghost trap into the future. The film successfully encapsulates the essence of what Ghostbusters has always had the potential to be, delivering an exhilarating and heartfelt experience for fans, old and new.


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