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Frozen II Fails as a Family Favorite

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WARNING: This review contains spoilers. 

Viewers of the original Frozen, which came out in 2013, walked away with warm fuzzies as Elsa and Anna reuinted their sisterhood. Frozen quickly became a favorite among people of all ages, making it the highest-grossing animated movie of all time.

But Frozen II may leave cinema-goers with frostier feelings. The saga continues with Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Sven, and Olaf, who journey outside of Arendelle to discover the origin of Elsa’s powers and find the voice that has been summoning her, so they could save Arendelle.

Despite the audience’s high hopes of this long-awaited sequel, the plot was convoluted and hard to follow. Most of the film focuses on the previous back story about Elsa and Anna’s parents, not present in the original. So much time was spent on the parents that it left the audience craving more scenes showing the sister-bond between Elsa and Anna. 

“Let it Go” and “Love is an Open Door” were catchy and memorable, but the only song in the sequel that resonated with most viewers was “Into the Unknown” because it was similar to “Let it Go,” in Idina Menzel’s powerful voice. 

Some scenes in Frozen II that were just plain confusing. Elsa is  attacked by a water horse that attempts to drown her as she crosses the ocean. Suddenly, she tames and rides it across the sea. Moments like this were frequent, making many scenes feel like an abrupt turn of events. Viewers did ecounter new, larger-than-life rock monsters called Earth Giants. Olaf was still the same funny snowman. Anna saved the day instead of Elsa. These few moments barely made Frozen II  worth seeing. 

Tickets range from $5-$13.50 at the Stoneridge Cinemark. 

The film is 1 hour and 43 minutes long.


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