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Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (2024, D: Kenan) -- The Reviews Thread

Old 03-28-24, 12:31 AM
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Re: Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (2024, D: Kenan) -- The Reviews Thread

Just got back (last day on the Dolby screen) overall pretty similar feeling as the last one - nothing particularly great, but I had fun and am glad they made it. They could leave it here, but I'm game for another one if it happens.
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Re: Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (2024, D: Kenan) -- The Reviews Thread

Originally Posted by Draven
Oh, one other random thing. They made a big deal about cutting down the firepole because it was so special to the Gbostbusters. I kind of liked that. And then you see they have like 3 more poles in the firehouse (since when?).
Since 1984. I just happened to be watching the original and it shows three poles during the "last of the petty cash" scene. I'd never noticed them before until now. Mandela effect?
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Re: Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (2024, D: Kenan) -- The Reviews Thread

Originally Posted by Crocker Jarmen
Since 1984. I just happened to be watching the original and it shows three poles during the "last of the petty cash" scene. I'd never noticed them before until now. Mandela effect?
Weird. I never saw that before. They always take the one right by their uniforms. Ok Iíll take that one back.
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Re: Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (2024, D: Kenan) -- The Reviews Thread

It is weird (a.k.a. plot-and-character-arc convenient) that despite Lucky telling them their proton packs won't work, despite Ray helping realize brass would work, despite plenty of brass pole to go around for the 10 people wearing proton packs, only Phoebe adapted her proton pack...
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Re: Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (2024, D: Kenan) -- The Reviews Thread

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It is weird (a.k.a. plot-and-character-arc convenient) that despite Lucky telling them their proton packs won't work, despite Ray helping realize brass would work, despite plenty of brass pole to go around for the 10 people wearing proton packs, only Phoebe adapted her proton pack...
Maybe because it was "old tech' and she couldn't do that with the new packs everyone else had?
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Phoebe: "Looks like the brass worked. Let's get everyone else's pack set up, too."
Ray: "It won't work on our older packs. Looks like it's up to you, kid."
Trevor: "Wait, shouldn't we give that to the physically strongest character?"
Podcast: "No, just the character with the emotionally strongest story arc."
Lucky: "In other words, not you, Trevor."
Everyone: "...Who are you?!"
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Phoebe: "Looks like the brass worked. Let's get everyone else's pack set up, too."
Ray: "It won't work on our older packs. Looks like it's up to you, kid."
Trevor: "Wait, shouldn't we give that to the physically strongest character?"
Podcast: "No, just the character with the emotionally strongest story arc."
Lucky: "In other words, not you, Trevor."
Everyone: "...Who are you?!"
This movie seemed to actively avoid the "one line of dialogue that could clear up confusion" trope.
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Re: Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (2024, D: Kenan) -- The Reviews Thread

Saw this a few weeks ago.

As someone who enjoyed Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021), I didn't enjoy this film as much.

It felt overstuffed and performances felt oddly wooden/flat.

Even so, there was enough Proton Pack usage to sustain my attention for 115 minutes.
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Re: Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (2024, D: Kenan) -- The Reviews Thread

Originally Posted by devilshalo
Maybe because it was "old tech' and she couldn't do that with the new packs everyone else had?
That. They made a point out of the city taking all their gear, but she had hers stashed.

I don't know why they needed proton packs though, apparently "all-in group hands" solve everything.

As meh as this was, I think they could have fleshed out the 92 stripped-to-the-bone subplots, hit another round of rewrites, and actually made a decent 8 to10 episode series out of it.
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Re: Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (2024, D: Kenan) -- The Reviews Thread

I just got back from seeing it. It had some really good ideas. I liked seeing Winston more prominently featured and I liked the idea of the Ghost lab. I thought it struggled with having too many characters and trying to stuff in their stories. I liked Garraka as a villain and his character felt it came from The Real Ghostbusters cartoon brought to life. I'd say it's a mild recommendation for me and if they keep making more Ghostbusters they need to trim down the number of characters. Dan Akyroyd will probably still be in these movies as long as he's alive but only him and Ernie Hudson would seem relevant to keep bringing back.

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Re: Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (2024, D: Kenan) -- The Reviews Thread

We watched last night and I really dug it albeit one major issue which I'll get to in a moment. First, the cast is bloated. Even during the final battle there were like a dozen people(+ 1 ghost girl) in the firehouse standing there fighting with proton packs. The original movie had 4 guys (plus Weaver & Moranis). There's no need for Venkman or Janine. She had like two lines. What was her purpose? Lucky? Podcast? Lab tech? Thin them out. McKenna Grace as Phoebe continues to be the highlight. Finn could be comparable if he was given more to do. Ray feeding the Ghost Lab with haunted artifacts is a nice touch. Kumail hocking everything he could find brought some decent humor. The villain looked pretty solid but was just a token big-bad. Even with that animated backstory he felt underdeveloped. Overall though, the tone and humor & cast still made it pretty enjoyable.

Now the thing that left me scratching my head when the credits started rolling.... New Yorkers celebrating the big win from the Ghostbusters, yay! Par for the course except Walter Peck was 100% correct the entire time. The entire third act of unleashing a demon and frozen hellscape on NY happens because of Phoebe's actions. She was sidelined and should have stayed away from from the GhostLab. So celebrating her at the end didn't work for me. There should have been some repercussions instead we're distracted with "she called me dad!"

Originally Posted by DJariya
It brought absolutely nothing new
Really? Ghost girl hanging out as a main/pivotal character playing chess and whatnot? Or having an entire Q style Ghostbusters tech lab? Experimenting on ghosts? Flashback to the early 20th century? I thought this movie brought more new ideas than any sequel since the first film. Every other film is "ghosts on the loose, must catch."

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