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Frozen II Review

In 2013, Disney released Frozen, which became a HUGE phenomenon that took the world by storm. Everyone was singing the songs, merchandise was flying off the shelves as fast as they’re put up, and for a while, it was the highest grossing animated film of all time. Of course, with such popularity came backlash and suddenly, people would do barfing sounds at the thought of Frozen. The backlash hit its peak with Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, which took up way too much time before screenings of Coco. All of that aside, even though it’s not one of my favorite films, I still like Frozen with its likable characters, gorgeous animation, catchy songs, and how it subverts most of the tropes associated with Disney films. Nowadays, the latter is no longer special since the more recent Disney films revel in how self-aware they are. So they had to do something special with a sequel. Did they do that? Well, let’s find out. This is Frozen II.

THE STORY

Three years after the events of the first movie, a cataclysm puts Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Sven, and Olaf on another adventure as they set out to save Arendelle once again and find the origins of Elsa’s powers. I’m not gonna lie, the story in this movie sucked. I hate saying it because I really like the first Frozen, but it’s true. A good sequel either advances the story of the original or brings new elements to the table that enhances the world that was built and Frozen II fails at both tasks. They took what should have been a simple plot and made it convoluted and messy. Characters make decisions that backtrack whatever development they had in the first movie and not much really happens, especially in the middle act.

THE CHARACTERS

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The first positive thing I can say about this film is that the voice acting is really good. Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel nail it as Anna and Elsa once again as their relationship is easily one of the strongest parts of the movie. They still care for one another and are willing to throw everything down on the line. If you’re someone who doesn’t like Olaf (Josh Gad), you’re not gonna like him in this movie as he gets more screen time. That’s not a problem for me as I like Olaf. He was pretty funny and I liked his character progression. I laughed the hardest when he did a re-enactment of the first Frozen. Kristoff pretty much does nothing of worth in this film. He’s trying to propose to Anna to no success and it’s a cliched rom-com trope that’s getting tiring by this point. As for new characters? They exist. They don’t do anything that amazing nor are they memorable, they just exist. For those wondering if this movie has a villain, it doesn’t.

EVERYTHING ELSE

The animation is amazing, from the backgrounds to the movements to every time powers are used. It actually looks better than the original, which shouldn’t be a surprise since Disney is one of the masters of animation. As for the music? Well, that’s another downgrade from the original. Don’t get me wrong, the songs aren’t bad (except for that one Kirstoff song that sounds like an 80s Chicago ballad), but they don’t leave the same impact as the songs from the first Frozen. The best song on here is Into The Unknown, which is clearly being the Let It Go of the film and while it’s no Let It Go, it’s still great. I mentioned my disappointment with the story, so let’s go over some spoilers. So our main characters head off into an enchanted forest that contains a lot of magic and there’s these spirits based on the classic elements (do I even need to explain what those elements are?). Apparently, Anna and Elsa’s grandfather, who was a king, started a treaty with the tribe of Northuldra, who live in the enchanted forest, and built a dam to. symbolize their alliance. But something went wrong and there was a fight that enraged the sprits. Turns out it was caused by the king killing the leader of the Northuldra. Why, they don’t really explain, which is a problem with this film. They throw a lot of lore into the film that makes things more complicated than they should. At the end, Anna becomes the Queen of Arendelle with Elsa stepping down to become the protecter of the enchanted forest. Happily ever after?

I give Frozen II a 6/10. The animation is great and I like Anna and Elsa’s relationship. But man, the story just did not work at all. There’s no cohesion to it or any focus, it feels thrown-together at the last minute, which makes me think that this was just another cash-in on the Frozen craze. And as much as I like certain songs like Into The Unknown, most of them aren’t as catchy or memorable as the songs from the previous films. This and Ralph Breaks The Internet (which doesn’t hold up well in hindsight) are just underwhelming Disney sequels, which I thought we’ve done away with in the 2000s. Guess not. Man, I wanted to like this movie more, but all I was left thinking was “well, that existed.” Thankfully, the next animated Disney film is an original story not based on any franchises, which is good.

Peace!!

One thought on “Frozen II Review

  1. I saw Frozen 2 and thought it was alright just like the first film. As you know, I’m not the biggest Frozen fan. I think it’s good, but not great, and certainly not worth the hype it got. It’s not really among my top 10 or 15 favorite Disney animated films, though it would barely make the top 20. Personally, I felt the main reason it got as big as did was because of the music, mainly “Let It Go”. There was never any doubt that they were gonna make a sequel after how huge it became. I saw it with low expectations especially considering the mixed reaction to the movie and thought it was good for what it was. It’s a very flawed film and wtf where they thinking with that ending? But if I’m being honest, I liked the two main characters in this movie more than the first one. The relationship with Anna and Elsa felt stronger in this movie than it did the last one. Everyone else was filler. When Anna was with Kristoff, it was extremely annoying, and the whole “guy proposing to girl, but then something interrupts him” has got to go, it’s getting annoying. If Disney is going to make fun of their tropes, then take out some of them. Other than that, Kristoff was a non-presence. His big musical number was annoying, but also hilarious because it’s satirizing cheesy hair metal 80’s videos. Olaf was hit-and-miss, I liked him more in the first movie, but he still had a few good moments. But he was annoying for the most part. None of the new characters stand out or are that memorable, but I did notice something. The story of the girls’ dad killing off the tribe seems to take inspiration of the story of the pilgrims and Native Americans, just think about it. It makes even more sense considering the movie takes place in the fall, not winter. The animation is top notch. Plotwise, it was pretty interested and I felt there was more adventure than the last one, but there’s many flaws to count and this is one of those times where I’ll say we need a third one because this one can’t end just like that. The songs I actually enjoyed a lot more than the ones in the previous movie. Outside of the big one in the first movie, the songs are either not memorable or pretty annoying. Most of the songs here I was cool with and sounded better. Into The Unknown isn’t really memorable, though, and I don’t agree that it’s the best song. Personally I thought Show Yourself was the best one. Problem is none of them are Let It Go and none of them hit as hard as that song. I may not like that song too much and is annoyed by the overplay, but it was still good song and still hit hard. The songs here are good, but not memorable. Overall, I will say the first one is still better, but this one got more engaged with the main characters. It’s entertaining and nothing more. If I had to rate it, I’d give it a 7/10, while the first is an 8/10. It won’t catch on in year to come like the first one did, but like the first one, I’ll watch it once every few years. They’re still solid Disney films.

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