Way to go Disney. You made the 7 year old girl in me feel empowered! After a six year wait “Frozen II” is filled with girl power, sisterly love, showtunes and ground breaking animation. It’s narratively complex with a darker theme and a boost of maturity. While all of the core characters return, “Frozen II” will surely be another massive cultural hit and proves to be more than a cash grab for the powerhouse studio that is Disney. While “Frozen II” (well for me) lives up to the original, but however if they have ideas for a “Frozen III” they should probably just “Let It Go”.
Six years after Disney’s “Frozen” took the world by storm and changed the lives of billions of young girls. Returning writers and directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, have taken their time to take the sequel in a daring new direction. “Frozen II” is the continuing story of sisters Elsa and Ana from one of the biggest animated films of the decade.
Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee has cooked up a story that is mature enough to keep up with it’s older audience. “Frozen II” is filled with girl power, sisterly love, showtunes and ground breaking animation. All elements that proves the sequel, doesn’t need to rely on nostalgia to recapture the magic of the first film, when it easily creates its own magic.
While all of the core characters return for what will surely be another massive cultural hit and merchandising powerhouse for Disney. “Frozen II” offers something different, a darker theme with a more complex narrative. Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee understands that the core audience who have so embracingly loved the first film, is now more grown-up as they get more of an epic story, with bolder animation, and a boost of maturity.
Three years after the events of the first film, Elsa starts to hear a strange sound from the north calling her. Together with her sister Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven, they embark on a new journey beyond their homeland of Arendelle. The group discover the origin of Elsa’s magical powers, while still battling with her self-confidence (although wasn’t that the point of all that “Let It Go” stuff?). On their journey they discover there is four mystical natural elements: Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. Elsa must use her “multi pass” to figure out how her and her powers fit into the four elements. Watch out Leeloo!
Although I’ll tell you what I’m not doing while writing this review…is listening to the soundtrack. Ok I’m lying. I’m totally listening to it. While thankfully there is no “Let it Go” (except for a brief few seconds). Idina Menzel busts out her pipes with a new track called “Into the Unknown”. A power ballad that the writers hopes will become the new “Let It Go”, that had become the most played song in the history of family minivans.
“Into the Unknown” comes in too early in the film, to cause any real emotional impact. It’s just one of seven songs featured in the film that has invigorating and catchy anthems, that is sure to be blasted on minivans of old and new generations.
There is a cheesy 80’s inspired love song by Kristoff. A power ballad called “Lost in the Woods”, that is shot along the lines of Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” music video. The 80’s inspired love song is the exact kind of music Air Supply would have found themselves on the billboard top 100 with.
While there is “action” set pieces, it’s nothing real exciting nor is it memorable. Once again Josh Gad’s character Olaf is back for comical relief, although he has a touching scene that proves he is there for more than just funny one-liners. Looks like Olaf found his way on Disney+ and watched “Ant-Man”, as his funniest sequence is him taking inspiration from Michael Pena, in giving us a breathless recap of the first movie.
The most stunning achievement is the films animation. It’s amazing that within six years, how advanced the technology has gotten and proves to be a step up in it’s evolution from the first film.
“Frozen II” (well for me at least) lives up to the original, but however if they have ideas for a “Frozen III” they should probably just “Let It Go”. Seeing as how many little girls were dressed up at my screening and who genuinely look up to Elsa. Who am I to stop them from making more films and inspiring these girls? Seeing how happy it makes them I say keep going for it, I just hope they will reinvent each sequel as they did with “Frozen II”, as it proved to be more than a cash grab. Way to go Disney. You made the 7 year old girl in me feel empowered!
GRADE: ★★★1/2☆☆ (3 & 1/2 out of 5)