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Review of Frozen 2 (2019)

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So… after watching the first Frozen a bazillion times with the littles, a few things became apparent to me:

1. My top all time Disney animated movies are: (No particular order)
– The Lion King (1994)
– Beauty and the Beast (1991)
– Aladdin (1992)
– Moana
– Big Hero 6

2. I can happily add Frozen to the above list
3. A good story is the key to what I constitute as an all-round amazing movie – animated or live-action.

(My top Pixar movies will be brought up at a later time)

Which brings me to Frozen 2. Is it any good? I enjoyed it. I laughed when it was funny, I was saddened in parts and in awe with the animation overall. I felt it was not as good as the first one but still, the story was compelling enough to warrant this 4/5 star rating. It took the audience on an interesting path in terms of exploring Elsa and Anna’s background and it was definitely darker in tone which I liked. Songs were ok although I feel there were a couple of song numbers that kind of tried to hold their own against the first one’s anthemic earth-shattering, blockbusting, ice-palace molding ear-worm.

Also, I couldn’t help but compare parts of the story as I was watching it to a previous Disney/Pixar entry – Brave.
Without spoiling either movie, I’ll say 2 things:
Four big vertically standing rocks
A beam of light like a flame zinging around the screen

… both of which are in the trailers.

I personally hope that a 3rd one isn’t green-lit as I feel their story has reached a decent conclusion and any attempt at a second sequel may fall into the trap of a ‘TV Movie’ masquerading as a big cinematic outing. Maybe a third one could be a straight-to-Disney+ type of deal.

However, I know a third will def be released in the cinema first because it’s too much of a moneymaker. I mean after reading online today, the money Frozen 2 has made so far on opening weekend (box office currently sitting at almost US$360 Mill = Biggest Global opening of all time for an animated movie at the time of writing this!), it’s not a question of ‘if?’ but ‘when?’…maybe.

Lee John Solda

Lee John Solda

Lee John aka ‘Lee’ originally hails from Ol’ London Town in England but now resides in beautiful British Columbia. An avid film buff of all genres since childhood, he also learned to shoot and edit little films as a hobby while growing up and once submitted an end-of-year college project – on VHS when VHS was still the norm – to a London-based Film Festival. Lately, he has started reviewing current films so standby...
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