Frozen II (2019)

frozen-2-movie-poster-review-2019Director: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Musical

Runtime: 103 Minutes

Main Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, Sterling K. Brown, Evan Rachel Wood, Alfred Molina, Martha Plimpton, Jason Ritter

Plot: Since the events of Frozen (2013), the city of Arendelle is peaceful. That is, until Elsa begins hearing a strange sound calling her to en enchanted forest surrounded by fog. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, the group travel into the unknown.

My Thoughts: I didn’t actually want to write a review for Frozen II to begin with, because as much as I loved it, all I find myself talking about is the bits I didn’t like, and I knew anything I wrote would become a whinge fest. So I want to push out all these positives first. Yes, I was really looking forward to it. Yes, I had an absolute blast watching it! But I didn’t love it as much as the original, and without trying to sound like a hipster, I loved the original before the hype took off.

It largely comes down to two things. The songs were nowhere near as good as the first. I may have had 6 years to listen to the original soundtrack compared with a week for the sequel, but with the exception of Lost In The Woods none of the other songs stuck with me. Elsa gets two powerful numbers this time around but neither are Let It Go. Olaf gets another song of his own showcasing his hilarious naivety, but it’s not as catchy as In Summer. My other gripe is with Anna. She’s my favourite character, and I was really hoping she would get the chance to shine this time around, but her only purpose was to follow Elsa around and beg her to do everything together.

See – I told you I was going to sound negative! It’s still a brilliant movie, though. The plot is more complex and it’s a much more mature story, which is perfect because those little kids who fell in love with the original are teenagers now. My littlest brother sang Olaf’s song in a talent competition when he was 11 years old – and now he’s too cool to even watch Frozen II!

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Best Bit: As much as I loved Kristoff’s cheesy musical number, nothing at all beats Olaf explaining the plot of the original movie. In fact, I would quite happily watch an Olaf recap of any sequel movie, ever. Disney – can you get Josh Gad on the case of summing up The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi for us?

Worst Bit: I saw what you were trying to do, Disney. You know how much we love that snowman and you wanted to make us cry. But nothing will be sadder than “some people are worth melting for” and so my eyes stayed dryer than the desert that John Wick had to trek through.

Fun Trivia: Exactly like its predecessor Frozen (2013), the final line of the film is Elsa asking “Are you ready?”

My Rating: 3 and a half Oscars that Lost In The Woods deserves for Best Original Song in February!

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8 thoughts on “Frozen II (2019)

    • You should definitely give it a go! Did you like the original? If so you’ll probably like it. If not…the story is a lot more grown up so it might be enough to win you over.
      If nothing else, watch it for Kristoff!

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  1. I think sometimes it’s easier to talk about things you don’t like because when you have a movie blog, the consensus is that you like movies so when dislikes stick out, it’s because it’s not the norm. That’s what I tell myself anyways.

    Anna was a stage 5 clinger in this. That was pretty unfortunate.

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  2. Fellow Frozen hipster here. Finally got around to writing down my own review, which I’ll be posting up either later tonight or tomorrow, though my reasons for putting it off were of a more scatter brained variety, as I was struggling to even get the words out coherrently. I absolutely loved this film. 😛

    In terms of the songs, they might not all be as strong as the strongest in the first, but there’s definitely more consistentcy to the quality from song to song as compared to the first. And also, I loved Anna’s journey this time around. She was struggling with issues of clingyness, and her arc involved her coming to grips with being her own person and learning that it’s okay to let go. She finally gained a sister at the end of the first movie, and she was so worried she was going to lose her again that it was effecting both their relationship her other relationships in her life. But in learning to let go and accept her relationship with Elsa for what it is, she’s able to grow as a person and show how powerful she can really be all on her own. While Elsa may have been the more emotionally stunted of the two in the first movie, Anna’s taken that role in this go around, and I thought the film did a wonderful job translating her own transformation on the screen.

    Still, despite your gripes, I’m glad you enjoyed it all the same. This was marvelous. 🙂

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    • I’m so glad you loved it, I’ve just finished reading your review! You’re so right though. The songs definitely integrate better with the story this time, they just aren’t as catchy for me 🙂

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  3. Olaf’s recap was easily one of the parts parts of the film! Especially with Mattias’ reactions. What great editing. An Olaf recap for every Disney movie would be graciously accepted. 😛 Did you see Olaf’s recap of Frozen II after the credits?

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