Rating: PG (for action, peril and some thematic elements)
Directed By: Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck
Written By: Jennifer Lee
Runtime: 104 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
In November 2013 Disney released an animated film loosely based on the Danish fairytale ‘The Snow Queen’ by Hans Christian Andersen. That film was ‘Frozen’ and it took pop culture and the world by storm. The success of ‘Frozen’ guaranteed a sequel which hits theaters this weekend in the form of ‘Frozen 2’.
‘Frozen 2’ continues the journey with the characters we’ve all loved over the last 6 years. Queen Elsa, along with Olaf, Sven, Kristoff and Ana, set off to find the source of her magical powers in an attempt to save the Kingdom of Arendelle. This film is a spectacular display of artistry through animation, talent through voice acting and an engaging story. ‘Frozen 2’ is a rare instance where the sequel lives up to the greatness of its predecessor.
The film is very self-aware of its own hype as a franchise and often gives a wink and a nod to the first film. The humor throughout from all of the characters, not just Olaf, balances well with the more emotional, deep and important themes of self discovery, identity and coming to terms with one’s past. The introduction of new characters was well thought out and gave a freshness and diversity to the already spectacular cast of characters. If I was to fault the film for anything, I was left wanting more from the newly introduced characters. With that said, every new character served the story well and was a pleasant addition to the franchise.
Like the first film, this is a musical and much like before you can be sure these seven new songs composed by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who also wrote the music for the first ‘Frozen’ will be stuck in your head for months on end. The new songs are catchy and drive home the themes of the film, giving ‘Frozen 2’ an emotional depth I did not find in the first film. The movie was amazingly well-paced. At no point was I bored and I was surprised at the end that 104 minutes had passed.
‘Frozen 2’ is a beautifully animated, well acted and engaging film for all ages with an amazing soundtrack that will be on heavy rotation in the Spotify queue of kids and parent alike. Don’t be surprised if the kids in your life beg you to take them back for repeat viewings at the cinema.