After the animated musical sensation Frozen in 2013, our favorite Disney characters Olaf, Elsa, and Anna have returned to the big screen with more action, conflict, and singing! Frozen 2 launched in theaters in late November and has been a huge success ever since. The classic film is all about Elsa, the beautiful princess with supernatural icy powers, a story based mostly on Han Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen. Finally, the fiercely anticipated sequel is here.
The sequel takes us a few years forward from the end of the first film into the happy ever after, but begins with a flashback to Elsa and Anna’s childhood, in which their parents King Adnarr and Queen Iduna tell the little girls at bedtime about the enchanted forest lies to the north, ruled by spirits. It is a place with unhappy associations, and was cursed so that no one could enter, or exit. In the present day, Elsa hears a strange voice calling her from the forest, and she realises that she must journey there to confront and dispel a family secret, naturally with the well-known and well-loved cast of characters by her side: Anna, Kristoff, Sven the reindeer, and snowman Olaf.
Despite being action-packed, the new film seems to be lacking in terms of plot. While there was a great deal of jeopardy, it was synthetically created, and artificially resolved. The obstacles set in place and surmounted, characters separated and reunited; in other words, bad stuff happening, and un-happening. At times, it felt like a bonus feature that could have been attached to the original movie. That being said, it looks and sounds great! Another stirring central song for Elsa called Into the Unknown, will certainly catch as many ears as the previous hits from the original Frozen. My most favorite part of the film was the beloved snowman, Olaf. He is a scene-stealer, with great songs, lines, and humor.
If not for the interesting plot and songs, Frozen 2 is certainly worth watching solely for the nostalgia effect; taking us all back to 2013 where no one would stop singing “LET IT GO!”
By Maggie Di Sanza