Frozen 2 Review

Frozen 2 Review

With the unprecedented success of Frozen (2013), the highest-grossing animated film in history (unless you count the “live-action” Lion King), it was a matter of time before a sequel was released. Disney usually doesn’t capitalize on sequels, their “sequel” releases are typically straight-to-DVD releases. However, with the straight-to-DVD fad almost non-existent, Disney decided to take advantage of the success of Frozen and create a theatrically-released sequel.

Frozen 2 is a surprisingly decent film taking much of what made the original charming and building on the characters and world. The film, unlike the original, is far more character-focused than plot-focused. It relies on the audience’s connection to the characters rather than a deep and engaging narrative. As a result, Frozen 2 ends up being an incredibly safe and risk-free film.

Plot

Frozen 2 takes place sometime after the first movie, and at this point, the characters have not really experienced much change from the first. In fact, there’s even a cute little song at the beginning about how some things never change. Elsa hears a voice calling to her and is unsure where from or why. After Arendelle is attacked from what seems to be nature’s spirits, Elsa goes out with the main cast to find out what is happening and how to fix it. Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven go out into the unknown to find the voice calling to Elsa.

As stated before, the story does not require a lot of brainpower. The story is fairly straight-forward and takes the lack of specific goals to leave screen time on the characters and make them grow. For example, Elsa struggles with herself and is unsure where she wants to belong, and this issue is solved by the end of the movie.

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Characters

The film is undeniably focused on Elsa and the journey she is on to find herself.  As she searches for the voice that calls for her, Elsa finds out more and more about her past and it causes her to change. While Elsa is the main focus of character development, other characters get to shine as well. Anna follows Elsa with her struggle and tries to help her as much as she can while also learning about herself and her past. Kristoff’s plotline is far more straightforward, which basically consists of him trying to find a way to propose to Anna. Olaf also follows the characters as cheerful and silly as ever. Olaf has some of the funniest moments of the movie.

There are also some new faces in this Frozen movie. One notable new character is a small lizard which represents the fire spirit. The lizard is incredibly cute and becomes Elsa’s little companion! There are a couple of other new faces, but they can not really be spoken about without touching on spoilers.

Songs

The songs in Frozen 2, in my opinion, exceed that of the first. While the first film had catchy and fun songs, Frozen 2 has far more dramatic and epic songs. My two favorite songs are “Into the Unknown” and “Lost in the Woods”, both of which were integrated into the movie cleverly and both were vastly unique. The other songs in the movie are also fun, some of them are effective while others are a little forgetful.

Conclusion

In the end, there’s not really much to say specifically about Frozen 2. It is a safe and risk-free movie to please families that watch it. The plot itself doesn’t take leaps and bounds and boasts a simple and predictable ending. All in all, Frozen 2 is a safe, fun, silly, and worthwhile experience. If you enjoyed the first one, you’ll likely enjoy this one.

Score: 6/10