Frozen II (2019)

Frozen II
Director: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Writer: Jennifer Lee
Based on (or rather inspired by): Hans Christian Andersen‘s fairy tale The Snow Queen
Sequel to: Frozen
Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Sterling K. Brown, Evan Rachel Wood, Alfred Molina, Martha Plimpton, Jason Ritter, Rachel Matthews, Jeremy Sisto, Alan Tudyk, Ciarán Hinds
Seen on: 18.12.2019

Content Note: (critical treatment of) colonialism, racism

Plot:
Anna (Kirsten Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel) lifted the curse off Arendelle and Elsa has risen to the throne, making an excellent queen. But when things finally seem to be okay, a voice starts calling Elsa – a voice only she can hear. It beckons her, but it’s only after strange – and threatening – things start happening in Arendelle that Elsa resolves to go. She knows she has to find a forest that used to be the kingdom of Northuldra and the place where her own grandfather was killed by the natives. And Anna knows that she will not let her sister go on any mission alone anymore. So they start making their way north together with Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), Sven, and Olaf (Josh Gad) to rediscover history.

Frozen II feels very in tune with the first Frozen film, though personally I found the music not quite up to snuff. No matter, though, because the themes the film tackles more than make up for it: surprisingly heavy for a children’s film, they still handle them mostly well.

The film poster showing the main characters and smaller Elsa doing some ice magic.

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Die Schneekönigin [The Snow Queen]

Die Schneekönigin
Director: Michael Corder
Choreographer: Michael Corder
Based on: Hans Christian Andersen‘s fairy tale
Music by: Sergei Prokofiev
Seen on: 17.1.2016

Plot:
The Snow Queen has a new mirror. But instead of reflecting her beauty in eternal winter, the mirror shows her Gerda and Kay who live in a small village together with Gerda’s grandmother. It’s springtime and they’re happily in love. The Snow Queen shatters the mirror in anger and decides to take revenge on the two of them.

The Snow Queen is one of my favorite fairy tales by Andersen and when I saw that they’d perform a ballet of it – with music by Prokofiev no less – I knew that I wanted to see it. And it was a very nice evening, even though I can’t recommend it without hesitation.

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Frozen (2013)

Frozen
Director: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Writer: Jennifer Lee
Based on (or rather inspired by): Hans Christian Andersen‘s fairy tale The Snow Queen
Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana, Alan Tudyk, Ciarán Hinds

Plot:
Anna (Kristen Bell) and her sister Ella (Idina Menzel) were really close until Ella accidentally hurt Anna with her magic power that controls snow and ice. As a precaution their parents, the king and queen, effectively isolate Ella completely, much to Anna’s chagrin who doesn’t remember anything about the power. After their parents die, Ella is supposed to take over but things go out of hand and Anna finds herself on a mission to save not only Ella, but their entire kingdom with Kristoff (Jonathan Groff).

Frozen is beautifully animated, funny and very sweet. The plot is nice as well and surprisingly feminist. And to round things off, the music was really nice.

Frozen

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The Andersen Project

Right now, there are the Festwochen in Vienna, the yearly theater festival, which lasts about five weeks and brings international productions of various plays, shows, performance etc. to Austria. I got some tickets again this year (and some other theatre stuff is coming up), so there will be more reviews like this in the coming weeks.

The Andersen Project is a Canadian production, written by Robert Lepage, initially for himself to play, but in Vienna starring Yves Jacques.

Plot:
The Andersen Project is a one man show about a Canadian writer who comes to Paris to write an opera for young adults about Hans Christian Andersen‘s fairy tale The Dryad. Yves Jacques alternately plays the writer – Frederic -and the Opera Director and a graffiti sprayer.
Frederic comes to Paris after breaking up with his girlfriend of sixteen years. He swaps apartments with a friend who goes to Canada for rehab. The apartment is in the same building as a peep show, he has to take care of a neurotic dog and he doesn’t even get an office to write his libretto – he has to do it at home.
The Opera Director is busy, busy, busy. He hardly ever sees his daughter, he’s addicted to porn and his wife cheats on him with his best friend.
These two are connected by the play and the invariably complicated intricacies that is the European Union’s Culture Cooperations.

The story moves effortlessly between being funny, tender, pessimistic, harsh and sad. It really is two hours of very good show and well worth the tickets. Strongly recommended.

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