‘Frozen 2’ may dominate winter box office
Fans of Elsa and Anna have waited since 2013 for a new full-length adventure. The “Frozen” sequel out mid-November appears to have less Princess identity crisis and a full blown Marvel-esque epic adventure. A few writers who have seen portions of the sequel have speculated it is better than the original.
The new animated film has 11 new songs, but early predictions are that none will capture the instant musical icon status of “Let It Go.” Three song titles have been revealed with “Into the Unknown” marketed as the show stopper. Two other songs, Olaf’s “When I Am Older” and Anna’s “The Next Right Thing” have gained buzz.
Speculation abounds with the sequel. The blonde ice princess, Elsa, has no male love interest, which has lead to questions about the character’s sexuality.
Director Jennifer Lee, spoke out about the rumors.
“I love everything people are saying [and] people are thinking about with our film – that it’s creating dialogue, that Elsa is this wonderful character that speaks to so many people,” she told The Huffington Post. “It means the world to us that we’re part of these conversations. Where we’re going with it, we have tons of conversations about it, and we’re really conscientious about these things.”
At a Disney press caravan, Lee spoke more definitively:
“For this film, we spent a lot of time journaling and we said we took these pretty intense personality tests [for each character]. We found (Elsa) is a woman who wasn’t ready for a relationship at all. She’s carrying a lot of pressure and the weight of her kingdom on her shoulders and struggling with this call for her powers. That’s where she was, so for us, it really hadn’t come up in terms of what fit with where the story was going. And we knew the end we wanted for her. So it just didn’t fit with where she was in her life. I don’t know if it’ll fit in the future. “
There will also be a couple new characters introduced that, according to Kristen Bell, “you will fall in love with. That’s something I feel like I can say safely.”
Rachel Matthews joins as Honeymaren, a member of the Northuldra described as “a true free spirit” and “bold and brave” woman who wants to bring peace to the enchanted forest.
“Frozen 2” no doubt will be a huge success, but will it obtain word of mouth that stretches it into a four month hold over?
Meanwhile… For drama fans, nearly 90-year-old Clint Eastwood delves into the story of American security guard, Richard Jewell (Paul Walter Hauser), in a film by the same name. Jewell saved thousands of lives from an exploding bomb at the 1996 Olympics, but was originally unjustly vilified by journalists and the press who falsely report that he was a terrorist before the real terrorist, Eric Rudolph, was charged.
In “Dark Waters,” Mark Ruffalo plays tenacious attorney Robert Bilott, who uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths to one of the world’s largest corporations.
While trying to expose the truth, Ruffalo’s character soon finds himself risking his future, his family and his own life. “Dark Waters,” originally titled “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare,” stars Anne Hathaway as a corporate defense counsel.
Shot in Cincinnati, Bilott’s environmental crusade began in 1998 when he was contacted by Wilbur Tennant, a farmer from Parkersburg, West Virginia, whose cattle had been dying as a result of suspected poisoning. The farmer believed that the chemical company DuPont was responsible for their deaths, but no local lawyers were willing to accept his case because the corporate entity wielded too much influence and power in the town.
The Oscar contender is scheduled for a Nov. 22 limited release.
December brings “Bombshell,” the buzzed about multi-Oscar contender focuses not on Roger Ailes (played by John Lithgow) but on the FOX newswomen he was accused of harassing: Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron, also one of the film’s producers), Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman) and a fictional composite who in this telling goes by the name of Kayla Pospisil (Margot Robbie).
“Bombshell” asks a simple question: Will Hollywood liberals vote for a movie that asks them to think of Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson as heroines because they stood up to the repulsive Ailes? Will the spirit of #MeToo trump (no pun intended) the natural distaste much of the Academy has for everybody who’s ever had anything to do with Fox News?
Tony Rutherford is a film reviewer for HuntingtonNews.net and a member of the Huntington Regional Film Commission.