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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Movie review: "Frozen II"

I'll shamelessly admit that I was among the thousands (millions?) of people who were eagerly waiting for the Frozen sequel; I, like many others, made conjectures about what the brilliant writers and animators could do with one of my favorite Disney movies...
So naturally, we went to see Frozen II on opening night, happily ready to see the greatness that was to come...
Before everyone starts throwing the word "amazing" around, I'll go ahead and write my honest (and objective) review of the much anticipated sequel...
Let's be honest, Frozen II had VERY big shoes to fill; from the storyline to the incredibly catchy songs and marvelous characters, it was a challenge to begin with, and I'm sad to say that the sequel left much to be desired. While I know that hardcore Disney fans will probably disagree with me, Frozen II was lacking the magic of the original and had many things wrong with it.
I will begin by saying that the storyline is way too somber and even complicated for younger audiences; on top of that, and in typical Disney fashion, there was a political agenda to be pushed.. (few will catch this!).. the story was not cheery at all and at times Elsa seemed to be off...even Olaf (the sweetest and funniest character) verbalized anger.. character development was lacking overall and some of the scenes were very cheesy and seemed disgruntled and incoherent.
But once I realized the storyline was poor, I decided to settle for good music; I was waiting for THE song.. that one catchy song that would make me sing Frozen for years to come...and it just never happened.. even though some songs were deep and passionate, there wasn't even ONE catchy song and at times the movie seemed more like a musical with the excess singing, including a Kristoff song resembling an 80's solo from a boy band... (what was that about?!)...
The animation was beautiful and some of the details on the characters were very impressive.  There were also funny moments (mostly around Olaf) and some quick jokes that made for a somewhat entertaining movie despite the overall letdown.
I know I'm a harsh critic, but let's keep in mind that this was a movie we waited six years for, one that was hyped up for years too and I guess I was expecting more... it dragged on and it didn't completely capture my attention; the story took wait to long to take off and the plot never really climaxed enough to make me want more...
I'm sorry, Frozen II... I wish I had better things to say about you!  This one gets 2 out of 4 stars from me! :)

Go see it and tell me what you think! :)

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