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Film Review: Frozen 2 (2019)

Frozen 2 (2019) is the anticipated sequel to the hit film Frozen released six years ago, and the second sequel from Disney Studios released in recent times. This film brings back directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, and reunites the voice cast again including Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff. When Elsa (Menzel) hears a mysterious voice coming from the enchanted forest, it is the mission of her, Anna (Bell), Olaf (Gad), Kristoff (Groff) and Sven to find out about their past and save their town of Arendelle.

Frozen 2 (2019) – source: Walt Disney Animations Studio

The animation team went all out for the animation of this film, which looks incredibly stunning. Not only do the designs of both Anna and Elsa look even more fleshed out and realised, but the ice and water designs, in particular, are incredibly done. There is a moment in this film that involves water droplets, and it looked convincingly like live-action and not animation, that is how incredible it looked. Every frame of this film is completely gorgeous and it helped create a beautiful aesthetic to the film.

There are certain themes that Frozen deals with, and these are communicated even further in this film. The themes of family are heavily used here, and to great effect. This film fleshes out some of the story aspects that people wanted answered from the first film, and the answers here actually feel natural and progressive, rather than forced and done for no narrative purpose. I may not fully get on board with the story and journey here, but I understand and care about the reasons for the journey and the information we receive. There is also a hint towards the LGBTQ+ community with Elsa, without being too heavily forced and that could be a nice progression to perhaps another film if they were to do so.

What I was surprised about with this film was how great the humour was, way beyond what was presented in the first film. This is heavily down to the characters of Olaf and Kristoff, in which both Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff give exaggerated voice performances to go along with these comedic moments. Two scenes, in particular, stand out for me: when Kristoff sings Lost in the Woods, and when Olaf recaps the events of Frozen. The audience were in fits of laughter in these two sequences, and they are clear stand-out moments in this film.

Frozen 2 (2019) – source: Walt Disney Animations Studio

I hinted at the use of the songs with Lost in the Woods, but there are several songs here that I would argue are better than the songs in Frozen. This does include Lost in the Woods, but I would also say that Show Yourself and Into the Unknown are also incredibly written and performed songs which not only fits the narrative of the film, but are really catchy and could easily get an Oscar nomination for Best Song. There are songs, though, that seem completely forgettable this time round and not every musical moment works for me here.

I didn’t find the journey of this film to be as thrilling or narratively strong as the story in Frozen. To me, the first film felt like it had natural progression, whilst this one comes off as a bit forced and convenient. There is one sequence in which Elsa travels alone, and whilst this is well edited and beautifully told, I didn’t fully care about the journey at this point. I did not quite understand how some of the locations matched up to set up the big moment near the end of the film, and the journey all seemed really coincidental and perfectly planned to feel natural.

It also takes a while for the film to settle in and identify itself as its own film and not just be a sequel to the previous hit. It almost felt beat for beat in comparison to the first film at the very start, with the story starting in the same place, songs being located in the same place, characters feeling the same emotions they had from the first film. It just felt quite repetitive with no progression, and I was just glad that the film finally got out of that pattern and found its own feet.

Frozen 2 (2019) – source: Walt Disney Animations Studio

Whilst this film never reaches the level of the first film, this is a solid sequel from Disney Studios. The themes are even stronger, the songs are just as catchy and the animation style is incredibly captivating to watch. If you are a fan of Frozen, you should be left satisfied with this entry as well.


Have you had a chance to see Frozen 2 yet? Did you prefer the first film or this one? Let me know in the comments section and let’s have a discussion.

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