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One of the easiest tests for assessing a sequel’s quality is comparing its cast and crew to the original. Are the leads back? Is someone else which makes it? Did the manager need to be thrown out and the other brought in their location to fill the hole? Frozen 2 passes this test with flying colours. Everyone from the original is back, including all the voice actors (Oscar-winners and otherwise) and also the directors. Which means, those who read the script were so convinced about it, and so maybe, you need to be, too. However, the test is often deemed unreliable for one factor-the sweet, clinking sound of coins falling in their bag.
Frozen remains the most successful animated film ever made using a box office haul of $1.27 billion. And this is not even a portion of the money it created for Disney with its Elsa tiffin boxes, Anna backpacks and Olaf bathroom plungers. A sequel is too shiny an idea not to entertain. Another picture means four more Elsa costumes and four more Elsa dolls to your child’s collection. I’ll pray to my god that you find the four-in-one edition, for the sake of your wallet and your sanity. That is the least I can do after writing a review that tells you why you should bring your children for Frozen 2 anyhow.
In its second part, the story of ice queen Elsa (Idina Menzel) and her sister Anna (Kristen Bell) requires a more vibrant albeit not as enchanting turn. Set in fall, the display aflush with magnificent hues; the more fiery red maple leaves, the soft auburn of hidden forests, the arctic blues of Elsa’s snow outfits along with also the royal aubergines of Anna’s cloak. It’s an aesthetic fit for an Instagram trend. #VSCOgirls are all left.
But beautiful visuals were not all that has been promised. Six years ago, Frozen gave Disney one of the most refreshing stories about princesses and magic. It wasn’t only a musical pleasure – although repeated listenings did. . .uh… created one particular song hard to’let go’ from the mind. Frozen subverted long-held notions about the meaning of true love, and one must always discover it into a suitor. With a lot of pomp and pageantry, it sang about a woman’s need to break loose from isolation and embrace her abilities; and ultimately, learning to trust those closest to her. It was a story about how people can help others heal and grow stronger. Things alter for Elsa because she breaks away from her sallow, lonely roots and embraces a more positive side with her sister.
With Frozen 2, there’s absolutely no connection to resolve or character issues to address. Therefore, the story, the stress and the fundamental battle feels forced from the beginning to the complete end. This time once we meet the two sisters of Arendelle, an unknown quantity of time has passed since the first. Everything seems joyful and happy in her kingdom; however, Elsa has been hearing mysterious voices call out to her. In the soul of every kid’s movie, she decides to chase after it and once more brings danger to her kingdom with her ever-growing icy powers that are beyond her control.
To bring things back in order, she goes looking for answers in an enchanting forest and Anna is bent on staying by her side. Last time’s episodes must have been enough to remind Elsa who Anna can hold her own and also save her in times of need. However, the times of not trusting her sister and infantilizing her are still not behind her. The whole party, including the sisters, Anna’s boyfriend Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), his reindeer Sven and snowman Olaf (Josh Gad) get split into different groups when Elsa ditches them to rescue Arendelle and to find her true self. Cue a song sequence where Elsa sings at night in a kingdom of isolation using not a footstep to be viewed. Welcome back into Frozen (2013).
In between a couple of death hoaxes and one magnificent song (Into The Unknown) and one that is going to make 1991 Bryan Adams thrilled (Lost In The Woods), the film also makes a case for reparations…? The wronged individuals of this forest ought to be given their thanks for all that they suffered for decades, and it falls on Elsa and Anna to make a tough decision for the good of the own kingdom. What could have been a powerful opportunity to draw parallels with modern realities and teach a lesson or two in forfeit and acceptance, was too quickly resolved with not a great deal of sacrifice. Of course, the real world doesn’t possess ice queens to help them out.
The film, even with no strong, beating, motivated heart at its heart is still not dull enough to become unwatchable. Josh Gad’s Olaf is again one of the greatest things about the film. He always gets the hilarious lines; his laugh is just as contagious as we remember this stupidity is the kind that makes you burst into giggles instead of roll your eyes. In a standout scene, he provides a humorous recap of the events of the first, and it is the most fascinating and impressive piece of writing in the entire movie. As a cherry on the cake, Olaf looks forward to adulthood and how he will be wiser if he grows up – a sly dig at all of the grown-ups in theatre, realising how wrong he is about everything. It’ll stab at your heart when he discovers none of it was real and honestly, he’s among the greatest character arcs in the film. Can not believe I just said that about an anthropomorphic pile of snow.
Frozen 2, however, falls short on the musical front, something that made the original Disney so memorable. Each song was tricky, crisp and colourful in the first film. However, with all the sequel, dig my mind as hard as I might, I can not recall a single line of lyrics out of over one song. Idina Menzel knocks it out of the park once again using the strong Into The Unknown, along with the haunting chorus is still ringing in my ear, hours afterwards. And karaoke lovers beware, this one will probably be more demanding than its predecessor to sing.
But one catchy song is too less, one good snowman too little a reward for people who have waited six years for it. Maybe now that we’ve realised it wasn’t worth it, can we finally let it go?
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