Why does the choice to make a sequel to the original film in a series always seem controversial? There’s a reason everyone says that Game Toy Story 3 better, or Captain America: The Winter Soldierand the reason is that they are the best film in their respective series.
But any time I try to argue that Frozen 2 better than the original Frozen, suddenly I’m a mad woman who needs to be locked up. Is it a perfect movie? Definitely not, because there is no gay Elsa. Just kidding, though Frozen 2 sure there are problems. The idea of Elsa being the 5th spirit is a cliché, and while Kristoff (and therefore Jonathan Groff) easily gets the best song in the series, his character is useless in the film.
But, Frozen II generally take more risks than Frozen. It does some weird things, adds more interesting songs, and even tackles some dark themes you might not expect from a Disney movie. Frozen it makes fun of the Disney Princess formula, but still plays by the book we know and love, with a few deviations from the norm.
Two of the biggest criticism against Frozen 2 his tone is dark and his songs. As for the first one, I remind everyone of that Game Toy Story 3 did you get a G rating even though he almost kills Woody, Buzz, and the gang in a trash incinerator? At least Frozen 2 It is rated PG to warn parents. Also, where are the parents upset about Hans leaving Anna to freeze to death, or his literal attempt to kill Elsa? But suddenly we are talking about colonialism, and now is the franchise too violent? Make sense of it.
The same people who are upset about it Frozen 2 being dark are the same people who think Zootopia was too preachy. Just because a kid’s movie chooses to tackle more mature and realistic situations doesn’t make it bad. If anything, it acknowledges how complicated real life is, and empowers children when faced with adversity. In her eyes, if Elsa and Anna can save Arendelle by going after the spirit, they can get through whatever life throws at them.
Now, the music of Frozen 2 It was never going to compare sales to “Let it Go,” and I think that’s an unfair judgment to make. Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez returned to write the music for the sequel, and Jonathan Groff and Kristen Bell both got solo songs when they weren’t in the original (No, “Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People” doesn’t count ).
Elsa puts in two great songs Frozen 2 which showcases her character journey throughout the film in “Into The Unknown” and “Show Yourself,” the former being as catchy, if not more so, than “Let it Go.” Kristen Bell also worked personally with the Lopez duo to make a song about facing adversity. The Lopezs were inspired to write “The Next Right Thing” based on the tragic death of co-director Chris Buck’s son during the press tour for Frozenwhich gives it much more meaning and emotion.
And then there’s “Lost in the Woods.” “Lost in the Woods” is a song for parents, plain and simple. More importantly, Groff recorded 18 different vocal tracks for this song, proving it was a mistake not to allow him to perform a proper solo on the first Frozen. Do I even need to discuss Weezer’s version and accompanying music video?
There’s a lot to love about the original Frozen, don’t get me wrong. But so many people feel because of Frozen 2 film is not perfect, it is less than compared. The best way to describe it: Frozen 2 there are higher highs and lower lows, and Frozen riding the middle all the time. For some people, they prefer a film that is generally of the same quality, and is fair. But let’s pretend Frozen 2 it’s less because he took some big risks and not every single one you paid is discrediting those risks did work. That said, I’m scared Frozen 3and what comes after.
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