Winter has arrived in the city, so why not celebrate the new icy temperatures with a long-awaited Disney sequel that holds up to the original?
Personally, I liked “Frozen II” more than the first one. None of the songs are as good as “Let It Go”, but the characters are all a little deeper and their drama feels a little more meaningful. Oddly, the story feels a lot slighter. Elsa and Anna’s journey to save the Enchanted Forest is not about to go down as an all-time classic.
Though there is a bit of a water safari, technically speaking.
Set several years after the first movie, “Frozen II” finds Queen Elsa, her sister Anna and their friends living happily ever after in the kingdom of Arendelle. But when a mysterious siren song starts calling to Elsa from the frozen north, the gang sets out on an adventure to the Enchanted Forest to find out just where the heck Elsa’s super-powers come from.
The only real problem that hinders “Frozen II” is that it’s got a lot of backstory pulled out of thin air. When Disney made the original “Frozen” in 2013, they had no idea the film would be such a huge hit as to require a big screen sequel. Most Disney animated sequels go straight to DVD and nobody cares if they’re any good.
But money dictated that “Frozen II” would return to the big screen. And the directors and scriptwriters were left coming up with a way to expand the story. So we’ve got things like the Enchanted Forest, childhood lullabies, elemental guardian spirits and ancient rivers that get dumped on the audience at the beginning of the film so that the rest of the movie has something to work with.
Of course, most people, and all children, probably won’t care that the plot and story come out of nowhere and don’t really matter all that much. Fortunately for them, the strong character work, the gorgeous animation and the fun but forgettable songs are more than enough to make “Frozen II” an entertaining trip to the theater.
If your children have been dying for more “Frozen” content, this sequel absolutely delivers. The voice acting and singing are as strong as any animated film, and the lush forest and icy tundra landscapes are magnificent. Disney spared no expense is making “Frozen II” look and feel as good as anything they’ve ever produced.