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Frozen 2: Heart warm or 'terrible sequel case'?



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Six years later from the original, Frozen 2 is almost here. Film critics have given their verdicts ahead of the cinema release on November 22.

Some have ice-cold hearts melted by the sequel, but others remain calm about Anna and Elsa's final adventures.

On one hand, The Telegraph's Robbie Collin said it was a "generous, charming" film that "hits all the right notes".

On the other hand, Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair diagnosed Disney with a "horribly cynical case at once".

He writes: "From the point of view of an apologetic adult, this sequel is completely unnecessary, except in his task of serving capital needs."

Frozen became a phenomenon in 2013, generating $ 1.27 billion (£ 986 million) at the global box office and becoming the most successful animated film ever.

'Mr. Conglomerate'

While acknowledging there was a "sweet taste" in the film, Lawson said the directors and writers "understood new myths that match the original, but appeared very short".

He added: "In an effort to justify the sequel, the Frozen team was forced to become bigger, more majestic, more existential, while still making things accessible to children. That was a very difficult balancing act, which could not be managed by Frozen 2. "

Of course, the first film also spawned the hit song Let It Go. Lawson said the sequel "was in a hurry to get what the conglomerates were most concerned about: achieving the Let-Go-esque moment of the victory of the ballad pop, the real cry of selling."

He was not impressed with the results. "Not half an hour after watching a movie, I can't call a melody."

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Others chose the song Into the Unknown as a memorable highlight. Robbie Colin revealed: "I sang it myself for the entire train ride home, fell asleep singing it, woke up singing it, and I'm actually still singing it now, as I type this."

Her four-star reviews say that, overall, Frozen 2 is "very interesting from the Disney princess template" and has an "atmosphere of freshness".

Ben Empire magazine Empire was also awarded four stars, saying the sequel "went bigger, bolder, and more epic".

He wrote: "Where Frozen II surpasses its predecessor is in jaw-dropping animation – a moment involving water taken from near-photoreal wooden boards. Elsewhere, the film is far more stylish and pleasing than mediocre originals. "

'An accountant who is somewhat depressed'

There are four more stars from the London Evening Standard critic, Charlotte O 'Sullivan, who says "don't fix the original" but combines "Broadway razzmatazz" with "quiet oddity".

He wrote: "It's hard to complain, given the number of technical inventions, not to mention intelligence and emotions, crammed into each set-piece."

Kevin Maher of The Times distributes only two stars, saying the film "consistently checks boxes and executes songs and arranges pieces in the spirit of a distressed accountant talking to you through his latest spreadsheet".

Guardian's Peter Bradshaw gives three stars, while Screen Rant Molly Freeman is slightly cheaper with 3.5.

"This is not a cohesive film like Frozen, which might get to the sequel and never even try to introduce criminals," he wrote.

"Instead, Frozen 2 takes the risk of releasing the structure of a typical Disney movie story to a more mature style – and although it doesn't fully function, other aspects of the film are interesting enough to keep viewers involved."

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