One of the easiest tests to analyze the quality of a sequel is currently comparing crew and cast. Is the outlook back? Is someone else making it? Should the director be thrown on the spot to fill the gap? Frozen II passes this test with flying colors. Everyone from the original is back, including all the voice actors (Oscar winners and otherwise) and the directors. Which means those who read the script were so sure and maybe you should be too. The test is considered unreliable for one factor: the sound of coins falling into their purse.
Frozen is still the most successful animated movie ever made with a cashier of $ 1.27 billion. And this isn’t even part of the money it made with Olaf’s toilet plungers and Elsa boxes, Anna backpacks. A sequel is an exaggerated idea. Another movie means four Elsa costumes and four more Elsa dolls for your child’s collection. I pray that you discover the four-in-one edition for the sake of your wallet and your sanity. That’s the least I can do after writing a review saying you should bring your kids for Frozen II anyway.
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In the second part, the story of ice queen Elsa (Idina Menzel) and her sister Anna (Kristen Bell) takes a more vivid, but less enchanting turn. Set in the fall, the screen is flooded with colors; the fiery red maple leaves, the soft maroon woods that were hidden, the aubergines of Anna’s robe, and the arctic blues of Elsa’s snow curtains. It’s an aesthetic match for an Instagram trend. #VSCOgirls have been shaken.
But visuals weren’t all that was promised. Six decades ago, Frozen Disney gave one of the tales of princesses and magic. It was a pleasure – although listeners did. .uh … created a special song that is hard to memorize. Frozen undermined long-held beliefs about the meaning of love and one must find them. With much pomp and circumstance it was about the need to break out of isolation and embrace its powers; and ultimately from a woman who learns to trust those closest to her. It was a story about how people can help others heal and become stronger. Things change for Elsa as she embraces a happier side with her sister and breaks away from her pale.
Along with Frozen II, there is no relationship to resolve or address personality issues. As a result, the tension feels the story and the struggle under pressure from the beginning to the end. This time, when we and Arendelle’s two sisters meet, a time has passed since the original. Elsa has heard creepy voices calling out to her, although everything seems cheerful and happy in her kingdom. In the spirit of the childhood movie once, she brings danger once again and decides to chase it.
She searches for answers in an enchanted forest to put things in order and Anna is determined to stay by her side. Last time’s events must have been enough to remind Elsa of who Anna can hold her own and save her in times of need. The times when she infantilizes her and doesn’t expect her sister are not over. The whole party, like the sisters, Anna’s friend Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), his reindeer Sven and snowman Olaf (Josh Gad) are divided into different classes when Elsa drops them to save Arendelle and find her true self. Put on a song sequence where Elsa sings at night in a kingdom of isolation without a footstep to see. Welcome back to Frozen (2013).
Between a few passing hoaxes and a great tune (Into The Unknown) and also one that will make Bryan Adams proud in 1991 (Lost In The Woods), the film also advocates for reparations…? The individuals of the forest should receive their thanks for everything that overtook Anna and Elsa to make a difficult decision that they suffered for decades. What would have been a powerful opportunity to draw parallels to modern reality and learn a few lessons in sacrifice and approval was resolved too quickly with not much sacrifice. Of course, the real world has no ice queens to help them.
Even without a heart at its core, the film is not boring enough not to watch. Josh Gad’s Olaf is again one of the best things about the movie. He understands the rules, his smile is as contagious as we remember; his stupidity is the kind that makes you burst into giggles instead of rolling your eyes in frustration. In a striking scene, he summarizes the part of the original and it is the most interesting and remarkable piece of writing in the entire film. As the icing on the cake, Olaf is looking forward to adulthood and will be wiser as he grows up – a devious dig for all the adults in the theater, realizing how wrong he is at everything. It will be heartfelt when he realizes none of it was true and fair, and he has one of the character arcs in the movie. Can’t believe I just said that.
However, Frozen II falls short on the front, which is what made Disney so memorable. Every song was catchy, clear and brilliant. But with all the sequels, digging my head as hard as I could, I can’t remember a single line of lyrics from more than one song. Idina Menzel yanks it out of the park and the terrifying chorus is still ringing in my ear hours later. And karaoke aficionados remember that it will likely be more difficult to sing than its predecessor.
But a tune is less, a snowman too small a reward. Realizing it wasn’t worth it, can we finally make it move?