Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire
Original title:Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire
Director:Gil Kenan
Running time:116 minutes
Release date:22 march 2024
The Spengler family returns to where it all began, New York's iconic firehouse. Now they must team up with the original Ghostbusters, who have set up a top-secret research lab to take ghost hunting to the next level. When the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes an evil force, the two Ghostbusters teams must join forces to protect their homes and save the world from a second Ice Age.

Mulder's Review

Since its debut in the 1980s, the Ghostbusters saga has become an icon of popular cinema. Skillfully blending comedy, action and the supernatural, this franchise has marked generations of viewers with its irreverent humor and captivating universe. With the arrival of "Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, the question arises: how does this new opus fit into the rich history of the Ghostbusters saga?

Directed by Gil Kenan, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire takes place in the same universe as its predecessor, Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021), but offers a distinct cinematic experience. The story follows the Spengler family as they return to New York to confront a new supernatural threat. There, they must join forces with ancient ghost hunters to save the world from impending doom.

This new opus skilfully balances elements of nostalgia with a desire to modernize the franchise. The introduction of new characters, such as young Phoebe (McKenna Grace) and Trevor (Finn Wolfhard), brings a welcome freshness to the story while offering a link to the original protagonists. However, the transition between generations can sometimes feel a little forced, with moments of fan service that risk dividing viewers.

Despite these challenges, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire manages to capture the unique spirit of the Ghostbusters saga. The charismatic performances of Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon and the rest of the cast help to create a compelling dynamic between the characters. What's more, the appearance of original cast members such as Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson adds a touch of nostalgia that will delight long-time fans.

Visually, the film offers impressive special effects and an aesthetic reminiscent of the original films. The judicious use of music also helps to reinforce the atmosphere of mystery and comedy that characterizes the franchise. However, despite its many strengths, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is not without its weaknesses. The film's pacing can sometimes be uneven, with moments that drag on and others that feel rushed. What's more, certain narrative decisions can seem predictable, robbing the film of certain surprises.

To truly understand the significance of Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, it's essential to look at the Ghostbusters saga as a whole. Since the original 1984 film, the franchise has captured the imagination of audiences with its unique blend of humor and the supernatural. The first Ghostbusters, directed by Ivan Reitman, quickly became a cultural phenomenon, propelling the careers of its leading stars and spawning sequels, animated series and even video games. However, despite the initial success, the sequels never quite managed to capture the magic of the first film.

That changed with Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which was hailed by fans and critics alike as a return to basics for the franchise. Directed by Jason Reitman, son of Ivan Reitman, the film deftly balanced elements of nostalgia with a fresh and captivating story, introducing a new generation of ghost hunters while paying homage to the previous films. In this context, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire represents a milestone for the Ghostbusters franchise. Although not without its flaws, the film offers a satisfying conclusion to the Spengler family story, while leaving the door open to future supernatural adventures.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire follows in the tradition of the Ghostbusters saga, captivating viewers with its irreverent humor, thrilling action and sense of adventure. As the franchise continues to evolve, it's clear that the unique spirit of Ghostbusters will remain a powerful force in the cinematic landscape for years to come.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire
Directed by Gil Kenan
Written by Gil Kenan, Jason Reitman
Based on Ghostbusters by Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis
Produced by Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman, Jason Blumenfeld
Starring Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Kumail Nanjiani, Patton Oswalt, Celeste O'Connor, Logan Kim, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts
Cinematography : Eric Steelberg
Edited by Nathan Orloff, Shane Reid
Music by Dario Marianelli
Production companies: Columbia Pictures, Bron Creative, Ghost Corps, Right of Way Films
Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing
Release date : March 22, 2024 (United States), April 10, 2024 (France)
Running times : 116 minutes

Seen March 19, 2024 at Grand Rex

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