Frozen II – 4 out of 5
I wasn’t the biggest fan of Frozen when it came out in 2013…and, to be honest, I think I judged the film too harshly. The film was a relentless machine and it was everywhere. People loved it! Everywhere I went I saw Anna and Elsa and was constantly bombarded by the song “Let It Go.” I think that jaded my view of it—that and I wasn’t really into the “LOL, I’m awkward” character attribute of Anna, it didn’t amuse me because she was basically 99% of the internet at the time. Still, I did praise the film for its animation and how it felt like a legit musical rather than the usual Disney story that has some songs to it. A big reason I had this change of perspective, though, is I watched its sequel; Frozen II, and really dug it.
|"And I'm as free as a bird now...and this bird you cannot change!"|
|The Fire Spirit comes in the form of a small lizard and I|
When Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel) were little, their parents told them about a tribe that lived in the nearby Enchanted Forest but after relations between the tribe and their homeland of Arendelle broke down, the elemental spirits of Earth, Fire, Water and Air created a vast mist wall that enclosed and cut off the forest. Years after becoming the leader of Arendelle, Elsa starts to hear a mysterious voice calling her and she accidentally awakens the vengeful elemental spirits and they take out their anger on the kingdom. Now, with the help of Anna and her boyfriend Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), Kristoff’s reindeer Sven, and the magical snowman Olaf (Josh Gad), Elsa sets out to the enchanted forest in order to find out who is calling her and bring peace to the spirits.
|Has there ever been a time where heavy mists were covering something good and not dangerous?|
|Why not freeze the entire body of water?|
Frozen II does a lot of what I felt the first one nailed. The animation looks amazing, the cast is terrific, and the movie really nails the musical vibe. Additionally, the songs in the film are tremendous—Kristoff has one that is particularly choice and leans on some heavy 70s and 80s rock for inspiration. The film also does what a decent sequel needs to do and that is not feeling like it is just repeating itself or just doing the same thing all over again. Essentially, the story feels like a new adventure for the characters. It’s not really continuing the tale from before beyond showing some new growth and development from the characters and that’s what I really enjoyed about the film. It was a new journey. That isn’t to say that the first adventure didn’t leave an impact. We get to see Anna and Elsa take on a new conflict but the past events have left a mark on them (especially Anna) and we get to see how they deal with this while on a new tale.
|"My hand...don't let it go!"|
(I'm sorry. That will be the last "Let It Go" joke.)
|Olaf has the look of someone who put too much trust|
in a fart.
I really didn’t see much in the form of drawbacks for this one beyond some minor complaints here and there. I know Olaf and Josh Gad are very polarizing for people and I will admit that there are times where I don’t find Olaf that endearing or amusing and there are roles and features where I’m not the biggest fan of Gad but, for the most part, I really don’t have that strong of an opinion on either. Sometimes I find Gad excellent and sometimes I found Olaf charming and amusing. Additionally, Anna still comes off a little too “LOL, I’m so awkward” as a character and that got a tad grating for me. Too often she feels like a meme that someone on Facebook shares and says “It me” and it sorta robs her of being interesting and engaging for me. Finally, the conflict felt like it was resolved very quickly and the final act of the film definitely feels a touch rushed.
|"Are you ready to rock?"|
Frozen II was a pretty fun ride with just some minor drawbacks. I loved the animation and story, the cast is fantastic, and the songs are incredible and moving. The tale made me tear up, it made me chuckle and giggle, and it has some surprisingly killer action. In fact, I ended up enjoying it so much that it made me rethink my experience with the first film and has me considering doing a re-watch and a re-review of that one. Heck, I think I’m gonna do it. Keep an eye out for another look at Frozen!