Thanksgiving releases flop

Last month's movies as disappointing as dry turkey


After an impressive box office opening, Frozen II became one of the highest grossing movies this past month.

Joey Clark, Staff Writer

During the Thanksgiving break, when the boredom set in, the theatre could be a convenient place to get relatives out of a packed house.

Unfortunately, November’s considerably weaker movie openings fell short compared to holidays past, especially last Thanksgiving’s opening of big titles like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,’ “Greenbook,” and “Ralph Breaks The Internet.”

“Frozen II” dominated the box office unanimously, melting the otherwise barren November movie line up, with “Knives Out,” “Queen and Slim,” “Doctor Sleep,” and “Last Christmas” in tow. 

“Last Christmas,” starring Henry Golding and Emilia Clarke, tells the story of a less-than-jolly aspiring actress who works as an elf at a year-round Christmas store with a history of bad luck. In classic rom-com fashion, her luck is drastically changed when she meets Tom, a mysterious man she finds infuriating at first but is eventually charmed by.


Based on Stephen King’s sequel to the Shining, “Doctor Sleep” follows Dan Torrance, now an adult struggling with childhood trauma from the first movie, who must help a young girl with similar powers as they go up against True Knot, a cult that feeds off the power of the “Shining” to reach immortality.

With a Bonnie and Clyde-esque narrative, “Queen and Slim” tells the story of a couple’s first date that takes a dark turn when they are stopped by a police officer. The film’s controversial message, especially with the subject of police brutality still a hot topic in the news, invoked mixed responses from critics.

“Knives Out,” starring Chris Evans and Katherine Lang, provides a surprisingly fresh take on classic murder mystery tropes after an eccentric family’s patriarch dies at a reunion, and a master detective must investigate with all family members suspect to the crime. The film received the best IMBD ratings on this list.


After a much-anticipated six year gap since the premiere of Frozen, “Frozen II” picks up where the last movie left off and answers plot hole questions that left fans previously unsatisfied. Once again Disney fans are transported back to the magical land of Arendelle.

Elsa, more confident now, but still struggling to find answers to the source of her powers and a mysterious voice in her head calling her, fights to find satisfaction with her role as queen. The film takes a more serious tone than the first “Frozen.”

Idina Menzel’s voice truly shines through emotional, powerful ballads, but supporting characters and catchy songs keep the mood light.  A major plot twist brings the movie franchise to a satisfying close.
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