‘Ghostbusters: The Frozen Empire’ Review: Bill Murray and Company. Strap on Proton Packs for a new sequel

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On the plus side, “Ghostbusters: The Frozen Empire” doesn’t have to be hesitant about including the original cast 40 years later, as it tries to keep it a surprise with 2021’s “Afterlife.” Yet having them around makes for a very busy film that lacks the emotional grip of its predecessor, while spending too much time on the wrong characters results in a lifeless, cold affair.

If the first film focused on the late Egon Spengler’s daughter (Carrie Coon) and grandchildren (Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace) coming to terms with his ghostly legacy — and the former’s new boyfriend in the form of Gary (Paul Rudd), – So the second film got into trouble. In teenage issues and new supporting players, without giving much away to their senior class.

In fact, Bill Murray always served as the beating comic heart of the 1980s versions, and when he answers the call (seemingly without much enthusiasm), his screen time proves extremely brief. .

In fact, the whole film has a slightly scattered feel, taking too much time establishing the nature of the latest supernatural threat and the biggest source of tension being devoted to brilliant 15-year-old Phoebe (Grace) who’s feeling underappreciated. . -Being a teenager, as well as coming to terms with his mother and Gary’s ambiguous relationship.

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Bill Murray briefly reprized his role in “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire”.

Said threat involves an artifact that holds the key to unlocking a destructive creature capable of freezing the world. The item was inherited by Nadeem (Kumail Nanjiani), who just wants to cash in on his grandmother’s collection but reluctantly gets drawn into the plot.

Following Jason Reitman’s connection to direct the last film – taking the baton from his father, Ivan Reitman – Gil Kenan sat in the director’s chair this go-round, again sharing credit with Reitman on the script. (The film is dedicated to Ivan, who died in 2022.)

Despite abundant callbacks to the original — and the participation of Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts and William Atherton — “The Frozen Empire” proves too mechanical to consistently deliver as a source of nostalgia. Likewise, the Spenglers’ origin — and using it as a means of paying tribute to the late Harold Ramis — worked out much better, both collectively and individually, than where the family currently stands.

Granted, the cast is too talented to capture a few amusing moments, but it’s hard to escape the feeling of a film that takes a sleepy walk through an old neighborhood rather than a playful walk down memory lane.

Despite all this, it’s unlikely we’ve seen the last of “Ghostbusters,” but “Frozen Empire” seems at best like a slightly warmer version of the concept.

‘Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire’ will premiere in US theaters on March 22. It has been given a PG-13 rating.

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