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“Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire” Breaks the Ice At the Box Office

“Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire” is a good example of how the Ghostbusters’ spirit is with us in the present day and will never disappear.

“Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire” takes place following the events of the previous installment, “Ghostbusters: Afterlife”. This sequel captures the Spengler family as they adjust to their role as the new Ghostbusters. But things go south when it’s revealed that Phoebe can’t work as a Ghostbuster due to her age.

While conflict rises between Phoebe Spengler and her family, she accidentally frees a demon who took over New York years ago but was thwarted by the original Ghostbusters. As the Spengler family and the old Ghostbusters assemble once more, they must figure out a way to save the world from being plunged into a second ice age.

One of the many details I enjoyed about “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire” is the fact that it doesn’t take risks trying to be scary. Instead of relying on the usual jumpscares, the movie plays on our fear of the unknown.

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By having the villain, Garraka, summon the death chill on all of New York, first hitting a beach on a hot sunny day and freezing every New York citizen, foreshadowing the Spengler family being called into action.

The actors who gave outstanding performances are McKenna Grace as Phoebe Spengler and Finn Wolfhard as Trevor Spengler along with Carrie Coon as Callie Spengler and Paul Rudd as Gary Grooberson. All of them do a wonderful job capturing the family dynamics of their characters when in vulnerable moments and also when they are ready for action fighting against Garraka.

I also loved the performances of Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Annie Potts who reprise the roles of their characters from the original movie. Yet, they still retain their personality traits even when interacting with the other characters.

 I’d recommend this movie to anyone who loves the original “Ghostbusters”. This movie does a great job of capturing the heart and humor of those who love the original movies.

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