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This weeks review
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GUILTY PLEASURE: THE HANGOVER
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ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP

Frozen II is a worthy sequel

FROZEN II

PHOTO BY PHOTO COURTESY OF WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS

FROZEN II


Where is it playing?: Hi-Way Drive-In, Movies Lompoc, Parks Plaza, Stadium 14

What's it rated?: PG

What's it worth?: $Full price (Glen Starkey)

What's it worth?: $Full price (Rohn Newman)

User Rating: 0.00 (0 Votes)

Co-directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee (Frozen, 2013) return to helm this animated sequel about Anna (Kristen Bell), Elsa (Idena Menzel), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), Olaf (Josh Gad), and Sven the reindeer as they leave Arendelle and travel to an enchanted forest, where they hope to discover the origins of Elsa’s power. (103 min.)

Editor’s note: This week, 8-year-old Cayucos resident Rohn Newman is sitting in with Glen.

Glen: Wow, I thought that was great! It’s a story about how sometimes change is good even though it’s scary. It’s also about friendship but how sometimes you have to do things on your own to protect your friends from danger. What did you think it was about?

Rohn: Seems like it was kind of adventure based. It’s also about love. 

Glen: You didn’t think, “Ugh, love. That’s gross?”

Rohn: No, not too much. I like that there were the four elements [that protected the forest], but also that there was a fifth. Earth, fire, air, and water—all natural elements because you need all those to make things. I felt like it was kind of strange that earth was bad. It was also kind of strange that fire was represented as a lizard. They did a cartoon lizard but it was definitely supposed to be a salamander.

Glen: That little salamander was super cute. Do you think they’ll make toys out of it?

Rohn: Yeah, they’ll make Lovies, like stuffed animals. I think they did a real good job on the animation.

Glen: The part that really blew me away was when Elsa was trying to get across the ocean and there were all those huge waves and the underwater scenes where she was getting swept under, and then that magical watery horse appeared. At first she thought it was against her, but then she realized it was trying to help her, and she started riding it. That was amazing.

Rohn: I totally agree. It felt like being in somebody’s imagination, not a real world, just because of how it looked. I liked Elsa’s hair when she just let it flow. Another part that I liked was when they were going into the north and they passed by her ice castle. That was really cool.

Glen: Did you think the story was too complicated? When it begins, we’re in the past and young Elsa and Anna’s dad is telling them about how he became king and spoke about the enchanted forest to the north, and then it jumped to the present. Then when they go on their adventure, it jumps back and forth into the past and back to the present. 

Rohn: No, it wasn’t too complicated. They do that in the first one, too. It might have been confusing if you hadn’t watched the first one. I think if someone hadn’t seen the first one, they’d still like it but they wouldn’t like it as much.

Glen: Let’s talk about the music. Was it as good as the first one?

Rohn: I liked the songs from the first one and this one, especially the song about how you just have to do the next right thing.

Glen: That’s a pretty good message, right? If you don’t know what to do or how to proceed, you just need to take it one step at a time and make each step the best one in that moment, so even if you don’t know how it’s going to end up, making one small right decision at a time is enough.

Rohn: All the songs were just catchy. I would watch this again with my family.

Glen: How jealous will your little sister, Acacia, be that you got to see it before her?

Rohn: Oh, she was jealous, but dad said, “You should support Rohn instead of being jealous.”

Glen: What’s your favorite character? I like Anna and Olaf.

Rohn: My favorite characters are Elsa and Olaf. Olaf is super funny. Elsa can control ice, so ... . Did I already say it was amazing, because it was. It was just amazing. Maybe people in high school might get bored because it’s not intense enough. There were some intense moments but it wasn’t scary. 

Glen: It’s probably good it wasn’t too scary, that way your little sister can watch it, but the scenes where Elsa is fighting through the waves and when the rock giants were throwing stones were both intense. Are you going to ask your parents to get a copy when it comes out so you can watch it at home?

Rohn: Definitely! 

Sun Screen is written by New Times Senior Staff Writer Glen Starkey and 8-year-old Rohn Newman. Comment at gstarkey@newtimesslo.com.




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Guadalupe is in the midst of new development, but is that a good thing?

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