KSL MOVIE SHOW

KSL Movie Show review: ‘Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire’ didn’t quite come together

Mar 21, 2024, 5:00 PM

ghostbusters: frozen empire movie poster next to ksl movie show host steve salles...

'Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire' tried to recapture the magic of the original 1984 film.

Editor’s note: This is an editorial piece. An editorial, like a news article, is based on fact but also shares opinions. The opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and are not associated with our newsroom.

SALT LAKE CITY — Having been a big fan of this franchise, I have eagerly awaited something to approximate the magic of that first 1984 film.

The closest the filmmakers came was the 2021 effort, ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife,’ which brought in an all-new cast with proper homage to the OG players. It was fun, imaginative and infused a fresh look into the Ghostbusters pantheon.

Related: ‘One Life’ might just be the British version of Schindler

So it seemed like a logical step to bring old and young together again, leave Oklahoma behind and return to the Big Apple, specifically to the original firehouse and surroundings, where it all began.

That should have worked and it does somewhat.

Here’s why I think “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire” doesn’t quite come together.

“Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire” has too much going on

The first thing that struck me was it had too many cast members, old, new and new new, for any one person to be able to lead the pack. Many of them had their issues.

Phoebe Spengler (McKenna Grace) was sidelined for being too young, but she is clearly the most proficient of the whole bunch.

Gary (Paul Rudd) refers to himself as Phoebe’s “step teacher,” (whatever the heck that is). He desperately wants to be part of the Spengler clan but is kept at a distance.

Phoebe’s older brother Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) is relegated to be the “fix it” guy and Slimer chaser. Phoebe’s mom Callie (Carrie Coon) spends most of her time in the background, worrying about everyone getting along.

More from the KSL Movie Show: ‘Arthur the King’ got to me, and I’m not ashamed to admit it

Of the “classic” crew, Ray (Dan Aykroyd) is the most invested as he owns a supernatural boutique that caters to the abnormal.

Winston (Ernie Hudson) is the corporate money man who pays for everything, including a new research center studying paranormal activity.

Janine (Annie Potts) is mostly background filler (sadly).

And Venkman (Bill Murray) wanders around trying to put a new spin on old jokes, like that crazy uncle who shows up every Thanksgiving assigned to bring napkins. He was the heart and soul of those early movies, but that spark is woefully missing.

For fan service, Walter Peck (William Atherton) returns not as the annoying city inspector, but as the actual NYC mayor. How that putz got that job is beyond me.

The nervous library administrator is back. The tiny Stay-Puft marshmallow dudes steal their scenes (including the one in the closing credits).

And we haven’t even mentioned the new peeps.

Nadeem (Kumail Nanjiani) is a conman trying to sell his grandmother’s ancient relics, housing the next big nasty specter. Patton Oswalt is around to help explain the science behind it all, plus a couple of assistants at the new lab.

It’s all too many cooks trying to stir a convoluted and serious plot (needed more funny).

The bottom line is – I’m glad I saw it (doesn’t sound like it). I appreciated the effort (did I really?). But I was hoping for better (the most honest thing I can say about it). Sigh.

GHOSTBUSTERS: FROZEN EMPIRE (B-) Rated PG-13 for supernatural action/violence, language and suggestive references. Starring McKenna Grace, Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Dan Aykroyd, Kumail Nanjiani and Bill Murray. Co-written and directed by Gil Kenan (“A Boy Called Christmas” “Monster House”) – filmed in London and New York City. Running time: 115 minutes.

The KSL Movie Show with Andy Farnsworth and Steve Salles airs Fridays on KSL NewsRadio from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Follow the show on Facebook, and join The KSL Movie Show Club for exclusive perks by texting MOVIE to 57500.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

KSL Movie Show

ksl movie show host steve salles stands next to hard miles poster...

Steve Salles

KSL Movie Show review: ‘Hard Miles’ is a a little movie gem

In this KSL Movie Show review, host Steve Salles says 'Hard Miles' might be one of his favorite movies of the week.

5 days ago

ksl movie show host steve salles next to 'The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare' poster...

Steve Salles

KSL Movie Show review: ‘The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare’ is pure gung-ho

In this KSL Movie Show review, host Steve Salles dives into 'The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare,' which insists that you have a good time at the expense of some bad guys.

6 days ago

In this KSL Movie Show Digital Extra, hear T.C Christiansen's story behind "Escape from Germany"....

Andy Farnsworth

KSL Movie Show Exclusive: Director of ‘Escape From Germany’ talks challenges of period pieces on a budget

"Escape from Germany" tells the story of Latter-day Saint missionaries attempting to flee the Nazi regime in Germany.

9 days ago

KSL Movie Review: Sting. After a meteor shower falls on Brooklyn, a young girl captures a super int...

Steve Salles

KSL Movie Show review: ‘Sting’ is the right blend of camp, terror

In this KSL Movie Review, Steve Salles says that while he isn't a huge fan of horror, he appreciates the new and unusual in “Sting.”

9 days ago

Steve Sales ranks "Civil War" as a B-grade movie. Powerful, but one bad dramatic flair ruins it....

Steve Salles

KSL Movie Show review: ‘Civil War’ is a powerful movie that needs to be seen

The new "Civil War" movie would like you to think in the not-too-distant future, the divisions in our nation and lead to another civil war.

12 days ago

Steve Salles takes a look at Wicked Little Letters....

Steve Salles

KSL Movie Show review: ‘Wicked Little Letters’ is offensive and it’s mostly hilarious

There is no getting around the stiff language exuded in "Wicked Little Letters." It’s ripe. It’s offensive. And it’s mostly hilarious.

19 days ago

Sponsored Articles

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

a person dressed up as a nordic viking in a dragon boat resembling the bear lake monster...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster

The Bear Lake monster has captivated people in the region for centuries, with tales that range from the believable to the bizarre.

...

Live Nation Concerts

All the artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

KSL Movie Show review: ‘Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire’ didn’t quite come together