This is a fantastic take on an alternate reality/wish style story. While the first one’s emotion was all tied up in the conflict between “jaded” and “fairytale” love, this one is all about not being happy and finding your place.
Each character is treated to their own character arc and it’s solidly built. The story did feel like it had been developed as a TV show and then shrunk down into a movie and I think some of the emotion and story ideas could have been better served with a longer runtime.
The casting for Morgan was scary impressive. I had to double check that it wasn’t the same actress. Amy Adams made me, once again, wonder why we don’t see her in more musical roles. I also now want to see her play more villains.
The rest of the cast did an excellent job.
Extremely believable, I like that they leaned into the dissonance between the fairytale language and modern day.
I also really appreciated Amy Adams arguing with herself and the Gollum-style camera work.
Visuals and Music
The scenery and camerawork felt smaller than the first one. The dance numbers smaller but more intricate. It’s a beautiful set and great acting, but shows they didn’t have the budget for massive set pieces.
They thankfully gave Idina Menzel something to sing in this one. I loved the music and I’m glad there was more of it.
There’s a certain melancholy in this one compared to the first, but it’s somehow more optimistic. Love isn’t a magical uncertain thing, it’s a certainty and the characters never seem to doubt it.
The entire family was glued to the screen and enjoyed it.
There’s a grandness missing compared to the first, but it still has all the heart, warmth, and magic. The music is excellent and Amy Adams is a fantastic villain.
This was a joyful addition to the first movie and was just as enchanting.