Frozen 2: a more epic and funnier sequel [critique]

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The sequel to the Disney hit airs tonight on M6.

Update of December 20, 2021: M6 takes advantage of this first week of the Christmas holidays to broadcast, for the first time in clear, Frozen 2, which had been a hit at the end of 2019 in French theaters and rather attracted the reduction of First. Here is what we wrote about the sequel to the cult film when it was released. Note that the feature film will be followed by a short devoted to Olaf, the snowman adored by children.

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Article from November 14, 2019: Six years ago, the world went through a tidal wave: a Broadway-worthy musical celebrated girl power in animation. Since then, the songs of Snow Queen never came out of the public mind. A sequel was therefore logical and hoped for. Or dreaded, it depends. In Frozen 2, we therefore find Elsa and Anna, the two sisters of the kingdom of Arendelle in a new adventure which takes them in search of the origin of Elsa’s powers and puts their understanding once again to the test.

As much to say it right away, Kristina Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the duo of composers behind the tubes of the first film, did not manage to repeat the feat. Was it possible to do it? Still, the melodies of this film will not burn your eardrums forever. All talk-sing, as are often Broadway musicals, they offer few takes on the cover. Disney positions “Into the Unknown” (“In another world”) as the tube intended to replace “Let it go”. We’ll see.

Princesses in heroic fantasy

That being said, the rest more than makes up for it. The story is the big winner of this sequel. The director and screenwriter Jennifer lee, who has since become Creative Director of the Walt Disney Studios, has thoroughly explored the magical dimension of Elsa. By seeking to unravel the secret of her powers and deliver her people from a curse, we follow the powerful princess and her sister in a universe as enchanting as it is terrifying. A real epic and poetic breath reigns in this film. With his co-director, Chris Buck, Lee offers characters worthy of heroic fantasy. A special mention to the earth giants and the water horse.

The animation is particularly neat. Disney had already scored points on the unprecedented representation of ice cream. Here, it’s the water that will blow your mind, especially in a sequence where Elsa rides a horse in the sea.

Olaf comic guest star

Yes Frozen 2 is an authentic adventure film, the directors have also accentuated the humorous dimension compared to the previous one. The credit goes largely to Olaf, the snowman, whose role (perfectly dubbed by Dany Boon in French version) has grown. He is at the center of one of the most hilarious scenes in the film where he sums up “what happened before“. The creators do not skimp on self-mockery either; we see Elsa reliving her past and exasperated by her screaming image.”Let It GoFinally, the character of Kristoff also brings his share of comedy. Anna’s lover, who always teams up with her reindeer Sven, is the interpreter of a love song (“Lost in the woods”, “I lost the North” in French), clipped like the 1990s and laughing.

The bet has therefore been successful for the Disney animation studios, which manage to deliver a film that celebrates living together and respect for difference without falling into sentimentality.

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