Frozen II is a beautifully imagined, exquisitely rendered, boring, PC, feminist, New Green Deal movie with impressive but charmless and unsingable songs.
Kyle Smith, who writes interesting movie reviews at National Review, thought it was a boring movie with bad music, and therefore quite a comedown from the original Frozen, which was an imaginative movie with terrific music. He also notes in a separate post that it’s a radical Left music and, to support this point, links to a Slate article which does indeed identify Frozen II as a completely woke, radical movie on the subject of colonialism and reparations. (Warning: The Slate article is full of spoilers.)
I agree and disagree with each of those takes on the movie. This is my take, which has some spoilers, although I’ll try to give you fair warning before I move beyond obvious movie review content.
First, the good parts. My Little Bookworm is correct that the animation is completely dazzling, although no more dazzling than in the original Frozen. I’m not certain whether there’s much further to go with computer animation that still looks cartoony (as opposed to computer animation that perfectly mimics reality and is quite frightening when you think about the implications). From the Norwegian looking Arendelle in which the movie begins, to an enchanted forest, to the scenes of magical ice and snow that Queen Elsa inevitably creates, every shot is breathtaking.
My Little Bookworm was also right about the costumes. Sadly, there aren’t that many costume changes, but costumes that the characters — especially Elsa and her sister, Princess Anna — do wear are elegant, sparkling, flattering, and the kind of stuff every little girl (and, I’m sure, every boy who thinks he’s a girl) dreams of wearing. The details are incredible, with stitching, line, and accessories that could easily grace a good Paris catwalk. And by good, I don’t mean this: [Read more…]