Second Time Around

It is hard to avoid the feeling that Frozen II could have been better than it is. If stripped to its more basic elements, the movie shows good intentions and solid direction, for when its turns and reveals are paired up with its songs and heart, any viewer can see that the framework for a worthy sequel was right there. The final product, sadly, misses the mark when it strives for a scope that is just too big and when it tries to fill up that space with plot points that fail to come together, falling apart into a convoluted mess instead. In the end, it is impossible not to feel touched, happy, excited, and amused by a good portion of what Frozen II offers. However, when it is all said and done, the movie simply disappoints: not because it is unable to match its prequel, as that possibility was never really on the table; but because its missteps are likely to make audiences wonder if its existence is more corporate than creative. And that is just not an environment in which Disney magic can flourish.

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Ice Cold Ice

We can appreciate and be in awe at the sheer magic that is Frozen and, in turn, we can praise it and preserve it for years to come so that – like all timeless classics – new audiences can discover it even decades after its original release. It is an extremely valuable and entertaining heritage; one that teaches lessons about sisterhood and life without being pedantic, and keeps the wheels of a growing legacy turning. Walt would be proud.

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