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Movie Review: ‘Frozen II’ a wonderful, wintry experience

November 28, 2019 by Brett LaBore

As the holiday season continues, there is no better movie to watch and cozy up with than “Frozen II.”

“Frozen II” came out Nov. 22 and features the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, Sterling K. Brown and Evan Rachel Wood.

It was directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck. Lee also wrote the movie.

The sequel to the hit phenomenon “Frozen,” “Frozen II” tells the story of Elsa’s powers. A voice calls to her as she must discover the secret of her family’s past. Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven join Elsa on an adventure of a lifetime.

I’ve always liked “Frozen” and anticipated the release of this movie in theaters. I can say it was a very good time, but it is not a perfect movie.

Let’s start with the flaws. There is a bit of a problem with the pacing. It starts a little slow and takes a while to build to something that is interesting. I felt like I was waiting for the next big plot point or the next big song. Once the movie gets going, it is an absolute blast.

I don’t think the story was as complete as the first movie. “Frozen” had such a great story that really made it such a hit. This new story was hit and miss for me at times. There were aspects I liked and didn’t like. 

For the most part I liked it and I thought it was very interesting and thought-provoking. I sat in the theater and thought to myself for awhile. It just wasn’t as perfect as the first, which was hard to do.

The only other thing that could have been better were some of the character choices. Some things fell flat for me and other things felt unnecessary or could have been written better.

Those are my flaws. There were many things that I really liked about “Frozen II.”

This movie is absolutely gorgeous. Everything from the characters, to the forest, the mountains, the way certain shots look — it paints a perfect picture. Even things like Sven’s fur and someone’s wardrobe looked incredible. No stone was left unturned for the animators at Walt Disney Studios.

I thought there was this great sense of awe and magic to the film. I loved the aspect that these characters we’ve grown to love are going on a grand adventure together. Both Lee and Buck had a story to tell and I really liked what they were trying to share.

That brings me to my next point. This film is really deep. There is a lot going on and it makes you think. These characters have grown and matured and there are definitely stakes. I liked that it had a different tone that the first.

The characters are wonderful to listen to and are gorgeously animated. Elsa is so cool. I’ve always liked Anna better, but Elsa absolutely sold some of the scenes. I loved what they did with her character. Some of the shots with her froze me in my seat.

Olaf brings out the humor in film. The film is deep and mature, making Olaf’s character all the better as he never takes it too seriously. Gad does a great job with the voice work.

Anna is more mature in this movie, but still a joy. She still carries so much enthusiasm in her and loves her sister. This movie shows the power of love and family, something else I liked about it.

Last but not least, the music is sensational. Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez returned to write the songs and Christophe Beck composed the score.

Bell and Menzel use their incredible voice to their advantage. The music fits in perfectly with the rest of the film — it’s deep and there’s a sense of magic to it. I had a blast listening to it and can’t wait to listen to it again.

The look, the feel, the sound and the tone blended together perfectly, something I?admire about this move.

“Frozen II” isn’t a perfect film, but provides many jaw-dropping moments with all the characters we have come to know and love.

Brett LaBore may be reached at [email protected] or sports @lakelandtimes.com.

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