A Movie That Freezes You In Your Tracks

Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Sven, and Olaf stand on a cliff, looking out at the landscape.

Do you want to embark on an adventure with a snowman? Well now you can, in Frozen II along with Elsa (Idina Menzel), Anna (Kristen Bell), Kristoff (Jonothan Groff), and Sven as they take you on a journey like you have never seen before. Frozen II is very interesting, but a little confusing due to some questions left unanswered.

The movie starts out with a flash-back as King Agnar tells Anna and Elsa of an Enchanted Forest where four magical spirits live: Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire. The spirits existed in harmony with the Northuldra tribe who lived there. ‘But something went wrong.’ The young king visited the magical place and fighting broke out between the Arendellians and the Northuldra. Since then, the Enchanted Forest has been covered in a thick mist so no one can get in or out. Fast forward three decades from the altercation and the family is going about their normal-ish lives: Olaf (Josh Gad) is enjoying permafrost; Elsa has queenly duties to attend to; Kristoff, Anna, and Sven are spending more and more time together. Elsa starts hearing a mysterious voice and follows it. In doing so, she wakes the four mythical spirits who now seem to have the intent of destroying Arendelle. To try and save the kingdom from certain doom, the team must travel to the mythical Enchanted Forest, while leaving Arendelle in the hands of Pabbie (Kristoff’s only known grandfather; Grandpappie).

There were some scenes where Frozen II Olaf had the same personality as the Frozen Olaf, but for the most part, Disney tried to over-emphasize him. For instance, Olaf sang a song about things making more sense when you get older, and while that is a true statement, that scene did not make much sense in the context of Olaf’s character.

The animators clearly spent a lot of time and effort to make the movie as realistic as possible. For instance, on the poster, you can see the distortion lines in the fabric of Elsa’s dress and can clearly see Olaf’s permafrost. There was also a scene where Elsa was fighting a water horse in an ocean and you could see every wave with astonishing clarity. Everything about the animation is spectacular.

There is never a dull moment in Frozen II, so you will never want to leave your seat. There was no musical number to rival ‘Let it Go,’ but the sound track was enjoyable nonetheless. The plot was more convoluted and a bit more difficult to understand.  I give Frozen II a rating of 9/10 for animation, comedy, and emotion. Even though the first movie was better in all, the ending of the second one was more fulfilling. Frozen II was more suspenseful and equally comically engaging as the first, which helped it challenge its predecessor, however unsuccessfully. Frozen II is good for the entire family, so I would recommend it for ages 5+.