‘Frozen 2‘ is a Walt Disney Pictures sequel directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. The animated film had the highest all-time worldwide opening for an animated film and it was Walt Disney Animation Studios’ highest-grossing film of all time.
King Agnarr (Alfred Molina) and Queen Iduna (Evan Rachel Wood) tell their daughters a story about an Enchanted Forest in the North that the spirits of air, fire, earth, and water sealed away, locking it away after a misunderstanding between Arendelle and the nation of Northuldra. This event locked away the magical island of Ahtohallan, an event young Agnarr barely escapes thanks to a mysterious girl.
Their daughters Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell) are now grown, ruling Arendelle with a kind hand after the events of the first film. Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) wants to propose to Anna and his reindeer Sven is supportive, but he can never find the time. Elsa hears a voice in the distance and after answering, she feels it is time to awaken the forest. The Rock Trolls leader Pabbie (Ciarán Hinds) warns her that she cannot go too deep or she “could drown.” Setting off with Anna, Kristoff, Sven, and snowman Olaf (Josh Gad), they journey into the Enchanted Forest to unlock the secrets and stop the spirits from destroying Arendelle.
I genuinely found this movie entertaining. It was a lot of fun and the plot kept me engaged the whole time. It was coherent and had plenty of excitement, cute creatures, and stunning visuals to keep the children into the story and the parents interested.
I did like the music. Christophe Beck is a veteran composer whose credits include films like Ant-Man. His score completely compliments the movie and it adds depth to the emotions of the movie. I did feel the songs “When I Am Older” and “Lost in the Woods” could have been cut. They somewhat interrupt the flow of the plot. However, “Into the Unknown” is a fantastic song and while it may not be as iconic “Let It Go,” Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez bring it to life.
My main problem is one I have seen that Disney seems to be doubling down on. There is a lack of a truly evil villain. There is an interesting quest with an interesting goal, but without a bad guy to challenge them, it does not give it a memorable climax. The first movie’s climax also lacked a villain, but the sacrifices made by the characters helped make that climax work. This sequel has a lot of charm but lacks the grandiose battle of good and evil that makes a story moving.
I honestly think it also has to do with the shift in the type of fantasy Disney is using. Prior to Frozen, movies like Tangled used a sort of Medieval fantasy that still had friction between good and evil. However, with the shift to this bizarre spiritualism, there is no battle between good and evil because things exist in connection. Nothing can be defined as good or evil, even the actions of the antagonists. These make films like Frozen 2 lack a memorable quality. You might watch it once and enjoy it, but it will not be as timeless as other classic Disney films.
Bottom line, while the movie lacks that classic Disney quality, it is a fun and charming feature. With a strong musical number, fun animals, and amazing animation, it is worth watching.
PARENTAL CONCERN: Magical violence, Some violence, Scary images
FAVORITE QUOTE: Fear is what can’t be trusted.
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